The Bulldog Growl
The latest happenings from LIW Rm 105
"Reach Every Student, Every Day."
As we get closer to summer there are a few things I want to make you aware of:
- I am frequently asked if students need to practice over the summer. Of course my answer is YES, but my summer expectations are a little different. Students are busy during the summer with multitudes of activities, and we all want our kids to participate in swimming, baseball, soccer, bike riding, summer reading program, babysitting, tractor shows, vacationing, hanging out with friends…just enjoying summer! SO, set a reasonable practice goal for the summer months (ie: once a week, two hours a month, every Friday at 2:00, etc) and try to meet your goal. Anything you do will be better than nothing at all. And IF you don’t quite meet your goal, or don’t get any practice at all *gasp* (you won’t be the first one), we’re still going to have band next year, so bring your horn on the first day of school and we’ll start where we are and go from there.
- Students who are using school horns are welcome to keep them over the summer. They are checked out to you for as long as you are in the program and you have need of them. Please feel free to take your borrowed school horns home so you can practice, or use them to play at church or for family reunions, or for whatever occasion you might have. The only students who will be expected to turn in their school horns are those who don’t plan to continue band in middle school.
- If your horn needs repair the summer is a great time to look into that. If you have a school horn that needs repair, please make sure to visit with me before school gets out so I can make a plan. If your personal horn needs repair, horns that were purchased from Taylor Music on their Beginner Plan are still under warranty and those repairs are free. It’s a great time to have your horns repaired, cleaned, or just looked at to make sure all is well. I also recommend Taylor Music for other repairs, as their repair department is reasonably priced and close by.
- Students who have completed one year of band are eligible to attend Rushmore Music Camp in Aberdeen on July 31-Aug 5. This is a very fun stay-over camp that will give students the opportunity to play in a large band with students from all over, and to take private lessons from world-class teachers who are experts on their instruments! I highly encourage anyone who is interested in a serious summer music opportunity to consider going to camp. Students are bringing home more information this week.
Please let me know how I can assist you with any of the above topics! We have had such a great year, and I am just so proud of the students for their outstanding concert and contest performances. It has been a thrill to get to know these kids better and I am really looking forward to making music with them for years to come.
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ABC Countdown Days for Next Week
Monday = New Name Day
Tuesday = Outdoors Day (Field Day this day too!)
Wednesday = Picnic Snack Day
Thursday = Quiz Show Day
Friday = Relay Race Day