It’s that time of year to remind students to practice their instruments. There are scales to learn and songs to perform, especially with concerts coming in January, March and May. Remember to practice small sections slowly, until you can play them up to speed. Then try adding music before and after these sections. If you just practice the entire song over and over again, chances are you are going to mess up in the same place every time. Practice does not make perfect, it makes permanent. Don’t learn those sections (the hard ones especially) permanently wrong. Take it in small sections and take it slow. Once you learn how to play it correctly, you’ll have it up to speed in no time.
Good luck! I know you can do it!
ps. Don’t forget to go to your weekly small group lessons.
There is a very exciting opportunity for all MSMS Concert Band and Symphonic Band members. The high school band has invited us to play with them on Friday, October 16 at a home football game. We’ll be learning a version of the Star Spangled Banner and some tunes for the stands (including one of our favorites: Let’s Go Band. More details to follow, so save the date.
The Middle School Winter Concert will be January 24th at 7:00pm. The Concert Band, Stage Band, Chorus and Symphonic Band will be performing in the Middle School auditorium.
See you there.
Ms. Donahue has extended her maternity leave, so it looks like I am going to be teaching here at the middle school until the end of the year. YAY!
Lessons begin this week so don’t forget your instruments. In lessons, I will be teaching all of the flutes and clarinet and a few alto saxophones. Full Band should be fun to here on Tuesday. The Concert Band will be in the Cafeteria. I look forward to working with all of my students.
Activity Block should be starting on Thursday. We’ll have a full band meeting with both the Concert Band and Symphonic Band. No instruments will be needed for that rehearsal. However, when you get your small group lesson assignments, we will start playing immediately. Look out for these assignments. How you play in the first lesson will determine which band you will be in, so start practicing. Please bring in some music that you are comfortable with. See you soon.