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.