Monday, December 2, 2013

Well the strings concert in November was a great success and we are anxious to get our first 6th grade band concert under way!

The 6th grade band concert is at Pronghorn Elementary and will be at 6:00 p.m. Please have your student dressed up, with their instrument, music and great attitude at Pronghorn by 5:45 p.m. There is a concert at 7:00 p.m. so don't be worried if there are cars arriving as you leave.

With the holiday season upon us this is a great time to think about Christmas gifts that will support your child's interest in their instrument. Some ideas could include, a music stand if they don't have one, a metronome (this helps them keep time), or any variety of books that the music store might have, just make sure they aren't too hard.

 Remember to keep supporting your child's practice habits. A regular time and space are key to this. They need to work on things they can not do as well as end with something they love to play. A few minutes a day is better than a long session once or twice a week.

Thanks for your continued support!

Ms. Hayes, Mrs. Gleason, and Mrs. Schofield

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall informtaion!

Hello all from instrumental music. Things are moving right along here. The kids are learning so much. The 5th graders are starting to make some headway. Parents you should start to be hearing songs that you recognize. A reminder to all instrumental parents, keep encouraging your child in their practice. It is a very important step to learning a new skill. They should be filling out and bringing in a signed practice sheet every week. Please be supportive of their efforts, they are working very hard and need support to help them along. Please remember that they need their instrument every third day.
Upcoming events:

6th grade string parents you need to plan for a concert on Nov. 25th at 7:00 p.m.
            this will be held at the CCHS-N campus auditorium.

6th grade band parents you need to plan for a concert on Dec. 5th at 6:00 p.m.
            this will be held in the Pronghorn gymnasium.

Both groups need to make sure that they have dress clothes and shoes. Please make an effort to make arrangements before the concert. A nice shirt, black pants, dress shoes and socks are always a safe bet.

We are looking forward to playing some holiday music for you at both of these events. We can’t wait to see you then!

Thanks for the support of your young musician.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Happy Summer

Hello all! Summer break is almost here.

Many times we let our music practice stop over the summer. It is important to continue to practice, if possible, during the summer months. Just as we loose reading and math skills over the summer our playing ability can deteriorate during these months as well. I know that they don't have school items to practice, but they could continue to play from their books from the previous year, you could go to the music store and pick out a book of Disney favorites or other popular music (just check the difficulty level), or you can find some limited music on the web for free. It's great to have kids get together with each other and play together.

There is also the opportunity of summer camp through the school district. Your student should have brought home information in the last couple of days, or there is more information in the Rec guide that was sent home last week.

Sixth grade parents thank you for letting me help your student move forward with their skills for junior high. I enjoyed getting to know them and hope to see them in the future.

Fifth grade parents. I look forward to working with your children in the sixth grade and hope to see all of them continue in our program.

It's been a great year and I am looking forward to next year!

Karia Schofield

Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy May!

As the school year winds down there are some pieces of information that you might need and want to know.

First 5th grade parents, you should have received a note from the district asking you to choose what kind of music your child will get next year as a 6th grader. Please make sure that you return these so that we can plan for next year.

All parents, school district instruments will be due to the school or the Lakeway Learning Center by 5/29. Thank you for your cooperation in this. Please make sure that any fees associated with your instrument (percussion fees) have been paid.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be finishing up DSPA's as well as playing through our books and working on new skills. Your student should continue to practice through 5/24.  Band/strings will continue to meet through the end of the school year.

There will be some days that some classes will not meet, due to the fact I have to go out of the building to screen 4th graders in other schools for next year. The dates are as follows:

6th grade band/strings will not meet 5/13-5/15 and 5/20-5/22

I have had a great year teaching your students and look forward to next years adventure!

Thank you for your continuing support.

Karia Schofield
Pronghorn/Paintbrush band and strings.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Band Parents: Reminder the band concert will be April 30th at 6:30 p.m. at Pronghorn. Please remember to be checking on the dress clothes so that your student is dressed properly. There will be a rehearsal during the afternoon for this concert. More information will be sent home soon. 

String Parents: The final string concert will be May 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Equality Hall. Please remember to be checking on the dress clothes so that your student is dressed properly. There will be a rehearsal during the afternoon for this concert. More information will be sent home soon. 

Fifth Grade Parents if you read the Gillette News Record on Tuesday 4/9 and saw there were changes coming to the way the music programs will be run, don't worry. I'll be getting information home as soon as it's all finalized.

If you are concerned about your students grade remember that I will accept practice sheets late. This is usually what is effects their grade. I have a lot of kids who tell me that they practice, but don't turn in their practice sheets. If this is the case please help them remember to fill one out, or you can send a note, and turn it in. If they have forgotten their instrument they can always complete an Oops! slip. They are to fill this out during class, bring it home and practice what we did in class, then you sign it and they return it.

As always thank you for your continued support of your students, remember what you are helping them do is good for their brain!

Karia Schofield

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy Spring Break!

For parents who are wondering what can my child do to help his/her grade they have two extra credit opportunities during their break time. First they can practice! Second one, have them perform for everyone, they can earn extra credit points for every different person they perform for.

Coming up for all band students is their concert on April 30th. Please remember to check those dress pants, so we don't get to concert time and discover they don't fit anymore! Don't feel the need to purchase expensive clothes. I often recommend buying a less expensive pair at this age, so when they out grow them parents can afford to replace them!

The 6th grade students just completed their final playing DSPA and did a great job. They will have a couple of written tests before this year is out, but nothing to worry about, we have been preparing all year for these tests by learning terminology.

All 5th grade students are going to have one more DSPA playing test before the end of the year along with a written test. Don't worry we've been working on the terminology that will be on this written test all need to stress!

Strings students have their final concert of the year on May 7th. They are preparing their music for this, so please ask them what they are supposed to practice and encourage them to play for you.

In classes we are working through our book as well as working on our concert materials. I am excited about how much progress the groups are making, and as parents you should be proud of the work your children are producing. Please keep encouraging their practice and performance. If they want to play for you please take a moment and listen, it will mean the world to them.

Until next time!

Karia Schofield

Friday, March 15, 2013

Hello all! Things are moving along here in the instrumental music room!

5th grade string students are starting to work on their music for their May 7th concert. Please encourage them to practice this at home. They are starting to put more notes together and need to spend time working with this skill.

6th grade string students are working on their music for their May 7th concert as well. They are also working on a piece for their DSPA which will be on March 26th during class. They should be working on #71 Mocking Bird for this test.

5th grade band students are learning to listen to each other while we play. As the music gets more difficult it is important for them to start to listen more to how their parts work together. Please keep encouraging them to practice their music for their April 30th concert.

6th grade band students are starting their work toward their April 30th concert as well. We are working on a multiple media piece for this concert, it should be fun, and provide some flash back moments for you. These students also need to be thinking about their choices for junior high. I know that they have already registered for junior high, but it's not to late to change a mind and a schedule. Please be aware there have been changes to the Hathaway scholarship that impact fine arts.

Thanks for checking in and until next time happy practicing!

Karia Schofield
Paintbrush band and strings

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Welcome to Music in our Schools Month!
I hope that you all are aware of the great things that instrumental music lessons are doing for your children.

Instrumental music helps with language development and learning, improves math and reading scores, and help with sound discrimination (this helps with listening skills). There are also improvements in the connections between the two halves of our brain as well as learning many other skills that are not taught in the regular classroom. Students who are involved in music training have better grades and behavior in school.

We get all these great benefits, as well as the ability to play an instrument. Keep encouraging your young musician to help them later in life. I know that it's hard to find time and energy to practice, but realize that students are learning self discipline as well as how to follow through with commitments.

For those parents who don't follow the legislative process here in Wyoming I have some great news! The state of Wyoming has now added fine and performing arts to part of the requirements for the Hathaway scholarship. Your children now have a head start toward being able to receive this scholarship later in their school career.

Looking ahead in the future for our programs please be aware of a couple of dates.
Band students will have their spring concert on April 30th at Pronghorn Elementary at 6:30 p.m.
Strings students will have their spring concert on May 7th at the Wyoming Center at 7:00 p.m.

I look forward to a great few months of learning new concepts and furthering our musical abilities!

Thank you for supporting your students! Keep up the hard work and know that you are helping your child to succeed in life and school!

Karia Schofield
Paintbrush band/strings

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy February!

In up coming news....

6th grade strings have their district gala concert in the Wyoming Center at CAM-PLEX on February 19th. This will begin at 7:00 p.m. with all students needing to be there at 6:30 p.m. for set up and tuning. Please make sure that your student is dressed to impress. It's important for students to learn that there are different kinds of dress for different situations. They will also be having a rehearsal Tuesday morning during the school day.

6th grade band students have their district gala concert in the Wyoming Center at CAM-PLEX on Fbruary 26th. This will begin at 7:00 p.m. with all students needing to be there at 6:30 p.m. for set up. Please make sure that your students are dressed to impress. It's and important part of our learning process for students. They will be having a rehearsal during the school day.

All the 5th graders are learning new skills that need practice. Make sure to encourage your students to practice several times a week. It will help them improve faster.

As always thank you for your support of instrumental music in CCSD.

Karia Schofield
Instrumental Music
Pronghorn Elementary

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hello all!

As this journey through music gets more difficult it is often tempting to let our children drop out of band or strings. Keep in mind that what your children are doing in their music classes makes them better students and employees later in life?

There are some interesting facts about music education and what it can do for your child. These are only a few that I have chosen. If you want to look into it more you will also find facts about students increased acceptance rates to medical schools as well as drop reduced drop out rates for students who participate in music.

We are in a time where high stakes testing is taking hold in our school systems. It's is important to take note that students with schools that have high quality instrumental music programs scored 17% higher in math than children in schools without a music program.

In 2006, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 43 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.

Nearly 100% of past winners in the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology (for high school students) play one or more musical instruments.

"I have made a career doing things that weren’t even invented when I graduated from high school 40 years ago. It will be the same for today’s graduates, only on a sharply accelerating timeline. Much of what I learned in the classroom is obsolete or, at best, only marginally useful. What has made a difference in my life has been the ability to learn as I go, to adapt to new ideas, to have the courage to take risks, and to feel confident I will be able to perform and successfully meet the challenges of new situations. These skills I learned through participation in band and drama." - Fred Behning retired from IBM Corporation after a 32-year career that included assignments in systems engineering, product development, management, and customer technology briefings, and is still an IBM consultant. A life-long musician, Fred plays oboe and English horn in the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Symphonic Band. 

And as always thank you for your continued support of our music programs!

Karia Schofield

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hello again!

Well all our band students completed their first concert on Thursday 1/17. They did a great job demonstrating the new skills they have been working on. Thank you to all the parents that made sure their student were looking their finest. It was great to see you all there and nice to talk with a few of you at the end of the evening.

6th grade strings parents: Your child has a concert on Feb. 19th at the Wyoming Center. This is a district 6-12 gala concert, so you get a chance to see where your children are headed in the future with their instrument. Please set aside this date. There will be more information coming home soon.

6th grade band parents: Your child has another concert coming up very soon! Their district gala will be Feb. 26th at the Wyoming Center. There will be more information at a later date.

5th grade strings are working on learning new fingerings along with how to play with their bow. This is more difficult than most people think. If you want to try an experiment to see how hard it can be try tapping your left hand fingers on a table while sliding your right hand back and forth. These are the motions that they are trying coordinate.

Thanks for you continued support and as always if you have questions feel free to email me at:

Karia Schofield

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Band students your concert is next week. The concert will be at Pronghorn at 6:30 p.m. Please be in the band room between 6:00-6:10. All students need to have their instrument and music. They also need to be wearing dress clothes and shoes.

Students often ask me why they can not wear jeans and tennis shoes to these occasions. I explain to them that it is important to dress appropriately for each activity that we participate in. If you participate in football, hockey, swimming, dance, etc. there is are appropriate things to wear, this is also true of a performance. Please help your students understand this by providing them with a dress outfit.

6th grade string parents, your students are preparing for the district string gala in February.

5th grade string parents we are learning new notes and techniques. These require practice at home so that we can progress quickly as a group.

And as always, thanks for your continued support!