Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – December 9 – December 13
Hello LMS Band parents/students:
Items to note this week, December 16 – December 20:
I’ll include this again just in case some of you didn’t see it. Some students and parents were interested in getting some holiday music. By no means is this required just for your information. Here are some links to books I’ve seen on Amazon. These are trio books and the students can get together with different instrument families. These are not difficult books at all but have some really nice harmonies.
Practice slips are due December 20 for all band students! There won’t be a practice slip do for this week. Here is the link to print the practice slip – http://www.band.lmsmusic.org/practice-slip
Please encourage your child to be responsible for coming to you to get the slip signed, not the other way around! 100 minutes per week is required! Your child can always retrieve a practice slip from our website as well as in the band and choir rooms.
This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Winter concert week! I sent Home a reminder sheet last week and here is a link to the sheet is your child and bring it home. https://band.lmsmusic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/20191219-winter-copy.pdf
It is now that time to start making sure that you have your black and white concert clothing. For our sixth graders information, the clothing can be any combination of black and white. Usually black pants and a white shirt with a collar and black shoes is a pretty straightforward go to for this. Dresses are fine and for this concert on December 19, Thursday, a little red is totally acceptable
6th Grade Band – students should be practicing page 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 17, 23 in their Accent on Achievement book and Fanfare for the Common Snowman
No test this week.
Please read through this with your child as well –http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf
7th and 8th grade bands – studentsshould be practicing skills in the circle of fourths – Bb Eb Ab Db/C# Gb/C# Cb/B E A D G C F, chorals
7th – Flourish, Parade of the Tin Soldiers, Lyric Prelude, Fanfare for the Common Snowman
8th – Simple Gifts, Hanukkah Highlights, Polar Express, The Witch and the Saint, Flute Choir, Covington Square
No test this week.
7th and 8th grade Jazz band:
The students should be practicing Alright, Okay, You Win, Latin Lesson, Moon Dance, Do Nothin’ ’till You Hear From Me, Angels We Have Heard, Jingle Bell Rock, Hot Chocolate
Here is the link to our calendar of events 2019-2020 – I apologize for all of the incorrect dates on the first calendar. – https://band.lmsmusic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/lms-bands-dates-for-19-20-1.pdf
December 19 – 6th/7th/8th Concert Bands, 7th/8th Jazz Band will perform for the annual LMS Winter Band Concert (7:30pm, LMS Gymnasium) – Black and White Concert Attire – Community Welcome
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Thank you for all of your support of the LMS Bands this year!
Why Should I Practice?
Because when you have the courage to get your instrument, assemble it, and go, you are cultivating the emotional skills of the “can do” person.
- Because when you learn to encounter each challenge you face in your music with a nonjudgmental, gentle willingness to try again, you learn how to strive in a positive way.
- Because the awareness that you cultivate when playing your instrument keeps you connected to your body, emotions, and thought processes, which is an awareness that — if cultivated — can lead to great understanding of one’s self. This process can be painful. However, that pain does not compare to the pain of reaching the end of your life, only to realize that you never really understood yourself, that you never really lived authentically.
- Because in music there is a great capacity to cultivate self-love and discipline, a powerful combination. Through our instrument we are teaching ourselves to love ourselves, and this is hard work, but worth it.
- Because all that you learn when learning an instrument, if you are really paying attention, also teaches you how to be a better human being, how to appreciate and live life fully. So, even if you quit playing some day, you are still all the richer for your experience.
- Because when you make yourself vulnerable enough to perform for other people, you expand your ability to feel the full range of human emotion, you learn what it really means to be alive as a human being.
- Because when you share music with others, you remind them that there is something untouchable, ungraspable about being alive, that there are forces beyond our capacity to comprehend, and getting a glimpse of that mystery is a beautiful thing.