Notes from Mr. C – LMS Bands – August 31 – September 4
Hello LMS Band parents/students:
Items to note this week, August 31 – September 4:
- Welcome to the Lincoln Middle School Band Program!!
- The practice flip grid will be due at the end of this week. I will be going over this information in class.
- Always visit www.lmsmusic.org for lots of information about the LMS Band Program. I’m slowly moving a lot of that information to our Google classroom so keep your eyes peeled.
- 6th Grade Band – Welcome! I will be adding a “How to Practice” guide to the Google classroom under resources for the students. If they can’t find it here is the the link to the PDF –http://lmsmusic.org/practiceslip/How%20To%20Practice%20Properly.pdf
Please take a look at this document with them.
If your child hasn’t yet secured an instrument and book, please make sure that happens as soon as possible.
- The 7th and 8th grade bands should be practicing their B-flat concert scale, Honor March, Courage March.
- 7th and 8th grade Jazz band will start soon! I’ll be sending home more information about this in the next couple weeks.
Follow us! Keep up to date on what’s happening with the LMS Bands – Facebook and Twitter are mainly tools for parents to use to keep up with us while on the go! We’ve done it – we have over 100 likes on Facebook. Please let people know about our page for information pertaining to the program and let’s try to get to 200 likes.
Website – Facebook – Twitter………………
Thank you for all of your support of the LMS Bands during this weird year! Mr. Covill
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.