Mokena Meteor Music

November 1 - 7, 2019

Important Information from the Music Department!

Please read the Newsletter in its entirety as I often make changes to information.

Please come to our Fallidays Vendor Event this Saturday at MIS. Information is below.

For the MIS Band Students, please be aware that much of the information contained in the Newsletters applies to MJH Music events. However, oftentimes I will include important information for MIS Music groups as well.

Students in Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Cadet Band should continue keeping track of their practice logs in Charms every week. Students in Symphonic and Concert band are responsible for practicing 100 minutes per week. And Cadet Band students are responsible for 75 minutes per week. Students should view practice time like daily homework. If you spend 15-20 minutes per day practicing, the ensemble as a whole will sound amazing, and your student will improve at a faster rate. Beginning Band students are not responsible for practice logs at this time.

Our next Music Booster meeting is Tuesday, November 19 in the Learning Center at MJHS. Please come out and see what the Music Boosters are all about!

There is not Cadet Band Rehearsal on Friday, November 1. All other bands will rehearse as usual.

Altered Rehearsal Schedules - IMPORTANT!!!

Just a reminder! There are still one more canceled rehearsal. Please read this carefully and note WHICH band or choir this affects as it does not always affect every group.

I will again be out of the District on Friday, November 1, so there will be NO morning Cadet Band that morning. There WILL still be Sectionals that Day. Beginning Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band WILL still rehearse.

Everything will be back to normal starting on Monday, November 4.

Fallidays Vendor and Craft Show - This Saturday!

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Unfortunately, we did not have enough students sign up for Pep Band. This extra curricular activity will NOT take place this year.

Pie Sale Fundraiser!!! - DUE NOVEMBER 5!

As always, 100% of the profits from the sale will go directly to the Mokena Band and Choir. You are needed to make this fundraiser a success? Throughout the years, Mokena Music Boosters purchases have included music stands, choir shells, instruments and Marching Meteor program trailer. Ongoing the boosters also purchase sheet music and fund the repair and maintenance of school-owned instruments. All the money raised helps our children have one of the highest quality music programs in the area!

The Sweet Returns gift cards can be used at any Baker's Square for one whole Fruit, Silk or Classic Pie. We are asking each family to sell a minimum of SEVEN gift cards.

Red cards are $15 and can be purchased for fruit pies and Green cards are $17 and can be used to purchase whipped cream pies.

For every 5 pies a student sells, they will receive a raffle prize entry to win one of many prizes including $25 gift cards.

Orders are due by Tuesday, November 5. Please make one check payable to the Mokena Music Boosters.

Gift card pick up will be Thursday, November 21 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at MJH. If you do not pick up your cards then, they will be sent home with your child on Friday, November 22.

Sweet Returns Gift Cards DO NOT EXPIRE and can be used at any Baker's Square. They are not valid for meals - only pies.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dion at

November Dine and Earn - Panera!

Come to Panera on Lincoln Highway in Frankfort on Thursday, November 7 from Open to Close to help support the Mokena Music Boosters. You must have the flyer with you.

Thank you for your continued support!

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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.


Private Music Lessons - Highly Encouraged

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

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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.

What is an IFA Account? (Formerly known as IBA)

You may hear the term IFA account and wonder "what is that?" An IFA account is an Individual Fund Account. Every student registered in Charms automatically has an account. Funds raised through IFA Fundraisers will be credited to your child's account and can be used to purchase any music related items such as booster fees, reeds, valve oil, and even music department trips, just to name a few! The current 6th and 7th Grade Band students are eligible to go on the 2021 Trip to Disney World! If your child is in 4th and 5th Grade, they will be eligible for the Disney trip in 2023. Start saving now!

IFA Fundraisers usually occur once per quarter and are not mandatory. We are currently running the Popcorn Fundraiser. 50% of the proceeds will go into your child's IFA account.

How to Log Into Charms for the First Time.

Below is a short video walking you through how to sign into your child's Charms account for the first time.

Music Booster Meeting - November 19, 2019

Come out on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM to the monthly Music Booster Meeting. The meeting will take place at Mokena Junior High School. 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!

Did you know we have a Facebook page?

The Mokena Meteor Music Department has a Facebook page! It is a closed group, so please request to join! We post photos and information about what is happening in the Music Department. There is a link at the bottom of this Newsletter.
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November 2019


11/1 - NO CADET BAND REHEARSAL (Mrs. Bussean will be out of the District) SYMPHONIC BAND WILL STILL REHEARSE

11/2 - Fallidays Vendor and Crafter Event sponsored by the Music Boosters

11/7 - Dine and Earn - Panera Bread!

11/7 - NO SCHOOL

11/8 - NO SCHOOL

11/15 - Fall Fling

11/16 - ILMEA Jazz Festival (only for students who previously auditioned)

11/19 - Music Booster Meeting

11/23 - Mokena Parade of Lights (MANDATORY for all 6/7/8 Grade Band Students)

11/27 - NO SCHOOL


11/29 - NO SCHOOL