6th Grade Band News

Week of September 28

THANK YOU for your continued support of your child's music education. We appreciate EVERYTHING that you do from purchasing more reeds to listening to your children practice! We know how difficult online learning is from WIFI access to busy schedules. You are doing a GREAT job!

Remember that we are posting everything related to distance learning in band to the Prairie View Middle School Band website linked below.

Lesson Attendance

Students receive a private 15 minute lesson each week from Mrs. Gleason or Mr. Quaglieri. It is vitally important that every child make their best effort to be on time to their scheduled lesson. We have noticed a number of students who do not show up to their scheduled lesson time but request a make up lesson. We are happy to offer make up lessons, however, we only have limited spots available. Here are a few suggestions to help with this:

Ask your child to put their lesson time into their digital calendar with notifications turned on OR have Siri, Google Home or Alexa remind them of their lesson time!

Communicate in advance with your child's lesson teacher if your child will be gone. We will do our best to reschedule.

Thank you for your help with this. We LOVE seeing your children and value this time with them each week. Your assistance will help us to remain efficient and avoid the very real Zoom fatigue.

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. These reports also include the material that each student has been assigned for next week’s lesson. We would encourage your young musicians to practice daily for at least 10-15 minutes. Our focus nearly every week will be on the lesson book. Thank you for helping to "build" this time into their schedule at home.

We hope that you find the lesson reports helpful but are always eager for feedback so please let us know how we can tailor the experience to best help your child!

Distance Learning Odds & Ends

In an effort to make things go even better for your children in band, here are a few things that we think would help as we move forward to the third week of lessons!

  • CAMERAS - Please ask your child to turn on their cameras during class (If possible). Certainly, there are reasons to keep it off (WIFI signal strength, etc). However, we rely on seeing your children as much as we do hearing them. As you can imagine, seeing hand placement, embouchures (mouth), posture, instrument angles, etc are all visual cues that assist us. If your child's camera doesn't work on their Chromebook, please have them fill out an Incident IQ Repair Request online to get it fixed.

  • FOOD/DRINK - Please remind your kids that eating food and then playing immediately afterward will get food particles into their wind instruments causing damage. Students should take a drink of water after eating and before playing and always avoid eating while playing in general.

  • CHAIRS - We have noticed a number of students sitting on couches or recliners during their lesson or band class. Your child will play best using a hard, flat chair like a wooden kitchen chair. Students are encouraged to stand and play (depending on the instrument) as well. However, stay away from beds, couches, and other soft surfaces.

  • STANDS - We highly recommend that students use a music stand to hold their books and other sheet music. Doing so improves posture and reinforces good playing habits. Wire stands can be purchased from Ward-Brodt.

  • DOGS/CATS - Nothing wrong with this at all. Love seeing them :) Even the fish.

School Instrument Rental Fee

Later this week, if your child is using a school instrument, you will see that fee applied to your child's account via Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Simply log into infinite Campus with your user name and password. Locate the "Payments" tab on the navigation bar along the left-hand side of the screen. You will be able to pay the fee online.

Share Your Photos!

We love seeing photos of your kids participating in band from home! With your approval, we would love to share those photos on our Facebook Band Page or on future newsletters. If you have a great photo to share, send it to Mr. Quaglieri at mequagl@sunprairieschools.org.

Virtual Supplemental Private Lesson Option Available

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 your student is looking for a challenge or would just like some extra help with a specialist on their instrument - please check out this fantastic resource!

This is an optional resource that is being run through our band booster organization.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 below find a teacher.

Home Practice Kit Deal

Wenger, the company that makes the chairs and stands we use at Prairie View, offers a home practice kit containing a stand and a chair designed to reinforce good posture. This kit has been on sale since the start of the pandemic and is a good deal for those looking to set up a home practice space for all types of musicians. If you are interested, click the link below for more information.

Ordering Supplies from Ward Brodt

If you are ordering supplies from Ward Brodt you can visit their website at http://www.wardbrodt.com or call them at 608-661-8600. Order what you need and then at check out you can choose school delivery under the shipping section. Your supplies will be delivered to Prairie View and we will make sure you get them. If you are unsure what kind of reeds/valve oil/slide grease to purchase, please reach out to one of us. If you are unable to order supplies from Ward Brodt, please contact Mr. Quaglieri and we will make sure you receive all the supplies you need.

Great Video about the Benefits of Music

Medical Symphony - PBS Sept 18

We'd love to hear from you!

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

Matt Quaglieri

6th Grade Band, 6th and 7th Grade Lessons


520-0122 (Text Message)

834-7839 (Office)

Erin Gleason

7th Grade Band, 6th and 7th Grade Lessons



Prairie View Middle School Band

“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