Mokena Meteor Music

January 11 - January 17, 2019

Important Information from the Music Department!

Please be sure to read it in its entirety as I have updated sections.

Our next Music Booster Meeting is this coming Tuesday at 7:00 pm at MJH. Come out see what is happening in the music department.

Solo and Ensemble Pre-Contest will take place on Saturday, January 19 at MJH. A schedule has been emailed recently. Please direct any questions to Mrs. Bussean.

Choir Students - LWC will be hosting a Step Up event on Tuesday, January 22 in the evening at LWC. More information will be distributed soon. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Cheney.

8th Grade Families - There will be a Class of 2023 Informational Meeting hosted by the Music Department at LWC on January 29 at LWC. Please see below for more information.

8th Graders Only!

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7th and 8th Grade Band Students Only

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Lincoln-Way Central Pep Band is hosting its Annual Pep Band Step Up Night on Friday, February 1 at Lincoln-Way Central. Please see the attached itinerary for more information.

While this event is not mandatory, I highly encourage as many students to attend as possible. It is a great way to meet the high school students and play some really fun music. Plus you will get a FREE t-shirt ;)

There is a sign up sheet in the band hallway for interested 7th and 8th grade students.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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Help Support the Music Boosters by Shopping Online!

The AmazonSmile fundraiser is available year round - not just at Christmas time. This is a great way to support our music programs without any cost to you! Any time you are shopping via Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile for your purchases. Go to You can select the Mokena Music Boosters to receive a donation on your behalf just by making your regular Amazon purchase through them. It doesn't cost you anything and helps the Music Boosters fund our programs. This is available year round. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bussean.

Private Music Lessons

It is not required that Mokena music students take private lessons. It is true, however, that the vast majority of students who do not take private lessons tend to have improper playing habits, and never reach their full potential as musicians. SECTIONALS ARE NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR PRIVATE LESSONS. There are still many benefits of private instruction over full band rehearsal and small group sectionals. If you are interested in getting your child private lessons on their instrument, please visit the following link:

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bussean or Ms. Beekman


Come out on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM to the monthly Music Booster Meeting held at Mokena Junior High School in the Library. Music Booster meetings are open meetings that anyone can attend. Come see what our Boosters are all about and how you can help support your child's music education. I look forward to seeing you there!
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Does your student have Tonal Energy?

TonalEnergy Tuner is an all-inclusive, easy to use application designed for individual practice and/or large ensemble rehearsals that aides musicians to improve sound quality and intonation.

Tuning, volume, articulation, release, duration, and steadiness are the key elements of developing a beautiful tone quality. TonalEnergy Tuner is the first multi-purpose application that allows users of all ages to understand and improve every aspect of their sound.

This app is especially useful to young brass players who struggle to find the correct partial. Oftentimes they think they are playing the correct pitch, when in fact, they are not. This can be very frustrating. This app can help students learn where the correct partial is and to hear when they are not matching the correct pitch.

In addition to its tuner capabilities, it has a built in metronome to keep students rehearsing with a steady beat!

We highly recommend that all students in our band program invest in this application if they have access to a device. It is well worth the $3.99 it costs. This is much more inexpensive than a separate metronome and tuner device.


We still have quite a bit of outstanding money due in Charms. Please check your accounts over break and make sure you are up to date. Please be aware that the District is also reaching out about outstanding District participation fees. While this can get confusing, it is important that everyone understand that there is a difference between the participation fee charged by the District for participation in activities (ie basketball, track, scholastic bowl, band, choir, etc.) and the fees charged through the Music Boosters (Booster registration fee, books, polo shirts, etc.). Please make sure you are current on both sides. If you ever have any questions about this, please feel free to reach out to your director.

You will be receiving monthly Charms statements (these are the Music Booster fees) on or about the first of every month. Please check your balances in Charms at any time by logging into your child's account. If money is due, please pay one of four ways:

  1. Cash (in an envelope clearly marked)
  2. Check made payable to the Mokena Music Boosters - write who and what it is for in the memo line
  3. Paypal via the Paypal button on your Charms account
  4. IBA Transfer - please complete the online transfer form:

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bussean

Facebook Page

Did you know that we have Facebook page? We do! Please search Mokena Meteor Music Department and request access. All posts must be approved first. We post information about what is happening in the department, Dine and Earn information, fundraising information, etc.
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December, 2018

1/15/19 - 7:00 PM Music Booster Meeting at MJH

1/19/19 - Solo and Ensemble Pre-Contest at MJH

1/22/19 - MJH Group Activity Photos will be taken before school at MJH

1/22/19 - LWC Choir Step Up Night

1/24 - 1/25/19 - NO MORNING REHEARSALS AND NO SECTIONALS as the directors will be attending the Illinois Music Educator Conference in Peoria


2/1 - LWC Pep Band Step Up Night - 7/8th Grade Band Only - not mandatory