Happy Thanksgiving week!
I am certainly thankful for getting to work with our amazing students here at Aux Sable!
Recital Performance Forms
Please return all Recital Performance Forms TOMORROW (Monday) so I can get music for students with ample time for them to practice. If you need an additional form, they can be found under the “Forms” tab on this site. I encourage you to do this! Any grade, any instruments, from a group of 2 to a group of 7 can participate! We will rehearse during study halls in January.
6th Grade Concert
Information regarding the 6th grade concert on Wednesday, Dec. 6 has been sent home with your students last week. It can also be found on our band website under the “Forms” tab. Please be sure students arrive on time and are in FULL uniform! Parents that volunteered to help will be contacted via email after Thanksgiving break. If any students are interested in helping set up at 4:30, a sign-up sheet has been posted in the band room. Please do not have them arrive any earlier, as I will not be back into the building until then.
7th, 8th, and Jazz Concert
Information regarding the 7th, 8th, and Jazz concert on Wednesday, Dec. 13 was sent home at the end of last week. Jazz Band members should wear their Jazz Shirts along with their uniform bottoms. In the meantime, you can find all the information under the “Forms” tab on this website. Parents that volunteered to help will be contacted via email after Thanksgiving break. If any students are interested in helping set up at 4:30, a sign-up sheet has been posted in the band room. Please do not have them arrive any earlier, as I will not be back into the building until then.
Field Trip Update
We are almost sold out of tickets for the band/choir field trip, so if your student has not turned in their order yet and would still like to attend, please do so as soon as possible. If you are chaperoning, you will receive an email from me after the turn-in deadline of Dec. 14th with more information.
Barnes N Noble Musicians
Music and parts have been assigned for the B&N night on Dec. 15th. An email was sent home last week in regards to more specified information. We will rehearse during study hall after Thanksgiving break, and a more detailed itinerary will be sent home then as well. In the meantime, try to find your folding stand if you can’t seem to find it, as you will need it for the event! This is a fun time for everyone!
Practicing at Home
As you know, what we do in class is a practiced skill that must be continuously reinforced outside of the classroom, as in many ways as a sport would be. Some people have asked about appropriate length and how long should practice sessions be? That all varies depending on each individual student, but a good rule of thumb would be to at least practice on the days we don’t have band class, and for a minimum of 15 minutes. More tips on practicing can be found under the “parents” tab, and they have been discussed in class as well. Even if it is simply reading notes aloud while going over fingerings or listening to the songs we are playing while following along with the music, every little bit helps to ensure a positive musical experience. Ask your students to play for you at home, too—showing your support for what they do here is a great way to help them continue to be excited and ready to learn! In order to continue to hear a “full band” sound at home, please have your students listen to the recordings of their concert music found on their grade level “Concert Music” page (and perhaps even try to play along with it!)
As always, if you have any questions, please email me, as that is the best way to reach me.
Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!