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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Beginning of the Year..

Welcome to the band and strings page....

All students should have their instruments, supplies and music by now.
Parents should have received an information sheet from their student. If you
haven't please ask your student about it.

The beginners are learning how to get their instruments out and their first
few notes.
The experienced students are reviewing some music that we did last year and
are getting ready to take off learning new concepts, notes and skills.
The experienced strings students are already preparing for their first concert in
November. There will be more information coming out soon.

We are looking forward to an exciting new year!
Check back for more information as the year progresses.

Instrumental Music staff.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

ATTN: Strings parents

Hello all.
This post is for strings parents in particular.
The concert will be at the CCHS-N auditorium on April 8th.
Your child will need to be there at 6:30 for tuning and seating.

Please make sure that your child has dress clothes for this concert. We want them
to look their best. It also teaches students that there are particular types of clothes
for different situations and settings.

Thank you for all that you do for your students!

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

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Welcome back!

As the school year moves on you should be hearing improvement in your young musician. We are working through our books and learning some new notes and concepts. Please keep encouraging your students to practice during the week.

The sixth graders are going to start looking forward to junior high school. When they get their information for junior high school please keep orchestra or band in mind. It is a great opportunity for kids in junior high. Sports and music are not an issue at the junior high level.

Fun music facts:

Listening to music helps you get a more effective work out. It increases your endurance by 15%.

20% of kids learn to play a musical instrument and 70% of adults wish they had.

Music students consistently score higher on reading and math tests.

Keep supporting your music student and their hard work.

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 7:00 p.m. Please have your student dressed up, with their instrument, music and great attitude at Pronghorn by 6:45 p.m. There is a concert at 6:00 p.m. so don't be worried if there are cars leaving as you arrive.

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 information!

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 7:00 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