Monday, November 24, 2014

This fall has been busy for us in instrumental music. We’ve been improving skills, learning concert music, and how to play our instruments.

The 6th grade strings students just had their first concert. It was an amazing experience getting the opportunity to play with all the other strings students in the district. We got to listen to older students and play in a group of about 200 6th graders.

The 6th grade band students are preparing for their first concert. This concert will be Dec. 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the CCHS-N auditorium. The students will have a rehearsal with the other bands in the afternoon. The band students will need to arrive at the school between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. They will need their music, instrument, and to be dressed in their very nicest clothes.

The 5th grade band and strings students have been adding skills and notes to their playing. In strings we’ve been working with our bows and in band we’ve been adding notes and rhythms to our repertoire of knowledge.

Did you know that playing an instrument helps students with time management and organization? Through practicing a student learns quality is more important that quantity of time. Students learn how to organize practice time to make it most effective for them.

Playing a musical instrument helps boost teamwork skills. Playing an instrument requires you to work with others to make music. Students who play instruments learn how to cooperate with the people around them, they also learn that in order to make beautiful music students must listen to each other and play together.

Please keep supporting your children’s efforts with positive comments about their playing and progress. What they are doing is good for them and their education.

As always if you have any questions feel free to contact any of us.

Karia Schofield, Sue Hayes, and Karen Gleason