Patrick Marsh Middle School Band

This Week in Band at PMMS (Oct 5-8, 2020)

Family Conferences This Week

Conferences are this week Thursday and Friday. If you would like to speak to one of us about your child's progress in band please see the information below. Your child's lesson teacher will have the most information about your child's progress and goals. However, sixth grade band families are welcome to talk to Mrs. Haraldson and seventh grade band families Mr. Gleason if you have general questions.

Mr. Gleason Conference Sign-up

Mrs. Haraldson Conference Sign-up

Mrs. Gary- email her to set up an appointment

Mrs. Rush - email her to set up an appointment

Band Lessons This Week

Band lessons will continue as usual this week with the exception of Friday. Those students with lessons on Friday please plan for the following so we do not miss a lesson with you:

Mrs. Haraldson's Friday Lessons will take place on Thursday at the same time.

Mr. Gleason's Friday Lessons will take place on Thursday at the same time (we will double up).

Mrs. Gary's Friday Lessons will remain at the same time on Friday. (no change).

Thank you!!!

Building Myelin

This past week the 7th graders have been learning about building Myelin in their brains. As they will tell you, Myelin is a fatty substance that coats the neural passages like insulation. The more Myelin, the better the signal travels. The result is fluid skill that looks a LOT like talent. : ) Here is a quick presentation I made for YOU! This will help explain how skill building works and how to best support your young musician.
Practice "Myelin" Presentation

Saxophone Lessons with Mr. Sveum Start This Week

Just a reminder to our new 7th grade saxophonists -- your lessons with Mr. Sveum start this week on Wednesday. Please be sure to write down your lesson time and take note of the unique Zoom Link. You should have your instrument and music ready prior to the beginning of your lesson time! Take notes and get ready to learn!! Sveum Saxophone Lesson Schedule

Previous Information

Virtual Private Lessons are Here!

For students that are interested in taking private lessons for enrichment and extra help from a professional musician, please consider reaching out to our list of fantastic professional musicians. These are a group of people that are connected to Sun Prairie in various ways - some are alumni! Whether you participated in last year's "Band Lesson Academy" or you are looking for more - please check out this fantastic resource! To start lessons with any of these teachers, simply email them requesting a lesson time. Payment will be done between you and the teacher directly. Click Here to find a teacher:

6th Band Students Need This Warm-up Book

Just a friendly reminder that all 6th graders need this warm-up book for their instrument:

Sound Innovations Ensemble Development For Young Concert Band.

Many of you already have this book through your rental plan with Ward Brodt. Those of you who own your instrument or are using school instrument may not. Please check your chid's folder and if you don't see it, order it ASAP. Here is a link to Amazon to place your order.

Music Professor

If your child is a 6th grade band student OR they are just starting in band, please encourage them to watch the Music Professor Videos online. Your child was provided a subscription to this service for the entire year! The videos contain fantastic information specific to your child's instrument. In a way, this is like receiving private lessons from a professional musician! Here is a video tutorial I created to help you get started with Music Professor if you haven't used it yet.

Lesson Reports Launched

It was fantastic seeing your children again in band lessons this past week. As you probably noticed, we sent a "lesson report" to both you and your child following their lesson. The report contains information about what we did in the lesson including reminders as well as the assignment for next week.

Our hope is that this immediate feedback and communication about your child's growth and performance will provide you with valuable information to help support their learning. We would encourage your young musicians to practice daily for at least 20 minutes. Our focus nearly every week will be on the lesson book (Daily Routine for Perc). Thank you for helping to "build" this time into their schedule at home.

We hope that you find the lesson reports helpful. Please note that we will add both of the email addresses that we have on file for this week's reports (last week we sent it to just one parent/guardian email).

Where Can We Find Information About Band This Year?


1. This newsletter will be sent every Sunday afternoon. It will contain the plan for the week, updates on classwork, and special events or opportunities.

2. Our PMMS Band Website will have weekly lesson plans, resources, links, and our weekly lesson schedule. I will also keep links to all of our newsletters on this website if you ever need to look for something shared previously but lost it in your inbox. Consider the website as the "go to" place to find out information this year.


Patrick Marsh Middle School Bands

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