Welcome to Band!

PVMS 6th Grade Band "News"

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year; one that promises to be filled with great music and memories at Prairie View and we are glad you are here! Please take a moment to look over this newsletter as it will provide you with some important information about band at Prairie View. We look forward to working with your student in a few days!

6th Grade Teambuilding This Week

We have some fun team building activities planned for 6th graders this week and we look forward to seeing students after school from 3:00-4:00 on the following days:

  • 6th Grade Woodwinds and Percussion: Tuesday, September 10
  • 6th Grade Brass: Wednesday, September 11

An activity bus will be available to bring students who regularly ride the bus home. Please let Mr. Q know if you have any questions!

Missed Open House? No Problem!

If you were unable to attend Thursday's open house, you can find links to our handouts below.

Band Shirt Fees

At Prairie View, students are expected to wear a button down "PVMS Band" shirt to all performances. Last Friday, we ordered shirts for anyone who has already paid this fee. We will not be able to order your student's shirt until this fee has been paid.

We will be placing another order in a few weeks, so your student can still receive their shirt. To pay this fee, please log into your child's account at https://campus.spasd.k12.wi.us/campus/portal/sunprairie.jsp.

If your student receives fee waivers, they should apply to this fee as well. Please let us know if this is the case so we make sure we order a shirt for your student. Additionally, please let us know if your student will be using a sibling's shirt and we will have the office remove the fee from their account.

School Instrument Fees

A rental fee of $50 per year ($25 per semester) will be charged to those who use a school owned instruments to cover the cost of maintenance and upkeep. Please be sure to check your student's Infinite Campus account for accuracy.

Practice, Practice!

Now as we begin to bring band into full swing, students should be practicing their instrument on a regular basis.

For 6th Graders starting out on a new instrument, I generally recommend they practice in small chunks (10-20 minutes) frequently throughout the week. (4-6 times per week) The goal of practicing is to build the muscle memory that reinforces the positive habits that we are working to establish during the school day. Students should be working out of their red "Standard of Excellence" book (purple "Fresh Approach" and blue “Snare Drum” book for percussionists) and band portfolio. There is always something to practice and my goal is to move students forward at a level & pace that works for them.

Text Me!

In addition to sending me an email and calling my office, I have also set up a cell phone number through google voice. This now allows parents to communicate with me via text message. Should you need to get in touch with me, simply send a text to (608) 520-0122.

I have texts set-up to forward to my iPad so I should be able to respond throughout the school day when I typically do not carry my phone on me. Additionally, if you would like to receive messages from me with concert performance times and other information (used sparingly), please fill out the form below:

What will I need in Band this year?

1. Your band instrument in good playing condition. You may be renting already from Ward Brodt, own an instrument or using a school instrument. The key is to make sure it is working properly!

2. A pencil - keep one in band folder or instrument case.

3. White Warm-up Book "Sound Innovations Ensemble Development."

4. A Lesson Book "Standard of Excellence" Book 1 for woodwind and brass players. Percussionists will use "Alfred Snare Drum Book" and the "Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion" book.

5. Band Black Dress Shirt - Black Pants, Black Socks, Black Shoes. The band shirt fee ($17) should be included on the 6th grade registration costs. We will get everyone fitted for these during the first week of school.

6. Woodwind musicians make sure you have a box of good reeds to start the year.

7. Brass players should have valve oil and slide grease.

8. Percussionists should make sure they have all of the necessary mallets and sticks needed for this year. Consult the percussion equipment chart for more information. Make sure your sticks/mallets and clearly labeled with your name and keep them in a stick bag.

Instruments and Supplies

If your student needs to get his/her hands on a band instrument or supplies, no problem! We generally recommend contacting Rob at Ward-Brodt by calling 661-8633 or by visiting ward-brodt.com and clicking on the “rentals” tab.

If affordability is a concern for your family, please contact me right away so we can make arrangements. We do not want finances to prevent your student from joining band!

Attention Tuba & Euphonium Players

Students who are learning the euphonium and the tuba will have two instruments checked out to them during the school year; one to use at school and one to keep at home to practice. Home instruments need to be maintained in good working condition throughout the school year. Please let me know if there are any issues with your student’s home instrument right away.

Our Philosophy

We believe that an education in music and the arts is vitally important to all children. Students in band will not only learn the skill needed to perform an instrument, but they will also learn about life through music and their feelings/ideas/concepts about it. We believe in educating in this comprehensive approach. Students will be assessed based on the standards below. The goal is to have the students become self-directed, self-assessing, life-long learners who value the sense of being part of something larger than themselves. We will work with students to set goals, gather evidence of growth, evaluate the data, and formulate a plan for continued progress. We will work hard to help your child to achieve success in learning through band.

Sun Prairie Band Mission Statement: “Move beyond the notes to cultivate a life long passion and drive for creativity, curiosity, and community through a vision of students as accomplished learners and evolving musicians in pursuit of artistry

Our Curriculum

Content Standards

  1. Creativity-Imagine, Plan, Make, Evaluate, and Refine unique original ideas
  2. Skills (Specific Instrument)-Demonstrates Skills to Rehearse, Evaluate, Refine, Interpret, and Present music on your specific instrument.
  3. Skills (Ensemble)-Demonstrates appropriate Functional and Ensembleship skills and techniques in a musical ensemble.
  4. Literacy-Decode, Interpret, and Present written music
  5. Knowledge-Select, Analyze, and Evaluate music.
  6. Connections-Personalize music to your own experience and Broaden your world view through the lens of music.

Citizenship Standards

  1. Personal Responsibility-How a student prepares to be a productive member of small group lessons & rehearsals.
  2. Work Habits and Productivity-How much a student practices outside of instructional time as evidence by his/her performance in class.
  3. Collaboration and Personal Integrity-How a student follows through on his/her commitment to the ensemble by participating in required performances.

Concert Attendance Policy

Concerts are an extension of the band classroom and the learning that takes place every day. Music was created to be shared and not performed in isolation (or in the band room only). For this reason, we need to perform for an audience in order to share the wealth of learning that has taken place. This sharing helps the students to bring closure to the learning process and also propels them towards the next step in the journey. Student participation in concerts is vital to the success of all the students involved. Please make every effort to have your child be a part of these experiences. Sporting events/practices and other extracurricular activities are not acceptable reasons to miss a performance. We are happy to talk to coaches & organization leaders to help navigate scheduling concerns as long as we have prior notice. If you have a reason to miss any performance, please contact your teacher as soon as possible prior to the concert date.

Find Us Online!

The Sun Prairie Band Boosters have a FANTASTIC website that contains information about all things related to band in Sun Prairie. You can find the site by visiting www.spbb.org/pvms or by searching for “Sun Prairie Band Boosters.”

You can also "like" us on Facebook (Sun Prairie Bands), follow us on Twitter (@SPBands), and follow us on instagram (PVMSBand) for even more news and updates throughout the year!

Photo Opt-Out Form

We love to share the great experiences that our students have in band with others in the school district as well as the greater community. In order to do so, we must ensure that we have your permission. Please review our consent and release statement. If you would like for us to refrain from using pictures of your student on our website and other promotional publications, please print out the form, complete it, and turn it in to me. Please note that if we do not receive this form from you, we will assume that you agree to the terms on this page. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates

September 10 6th Woodwind/Percussion Team Building - 2:50-4:00 PM

September 11 6th Brass Team Building - 2:50-4:00 PM

September 20 7th Grade performance at the Fun Run Assembly

October 8 Fall Band Concert at PVMS


If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us:

Matt Quaglieri


(608) 520-0122 (Google Voice-Text Message)

(608) 834-7839 (Office)

Erin Gleason


(608) 834-7825

Prairie View Middle School Bands

“Move beyond the notes to cultivate a life long passion and drive for creativity, curiosity, and community through a vision of students as accomplished learners and evolving musicians in pursuit of artistry