RPEMS Band Update September 5, 2017

Band Information for Grades 6th, 7th & 8th

RPEMS Band Update

This newsletter will be sent out weekly or bi-weekly. Please read thoroughly to stay informed about what is happening in the band world. Some items are duplicated from last weeks newsletter. This newsletter includes information for all three grade levels.

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season (officially) :)

6th Grade Band Polos -- Orders Due 9/8/17

Your band kiddo will need a band polo for all of his/her band concerts in middle school. This band polo will be used throughout 6th, 7th, & 8th grade band concerts. Please use THIS LINK to order a band polo online. Orders are due by September 8th. Parents are welcomed to order band polos too to show RPEMS Husky Spirit too! The cost is $17.25 each.

Do you want to pay by check? Please send your band polo order in envelope to Ms. Gibson and make your check payable to RPEMS. Please include your child's first/last name, grade and size. (Sizes are Adult XS to 4XL)

Sad Band News

There were 32 instruments left in the band room this weekend all by themselves.

Instruments need to go home every single day so that practicing has the opportunity to happen. Students are given homework on a daily basis and are expected to prepare that music for their next class.

To stay Up-to-Date in the RPEMS Band World, please make it a habit for you and your child to visit the East Middle School's Band website regularly. Go to: rpbands.com/east

You will find links to:

  • Private Lessons
  • Archived Band Newsletters
  • Essential Elements Interactive (6th and 7th Grade Only)
  • Band Assignments/Homework
  • Band Syllabus
  • Band Calendar

Follow RPEMS Bands on Twitter & Instagram

Follow us on Twitter to see fun photos of the band kids in action and information regarding band classes. This is for parents only. If you as a parent choose to let your child follow the RPEMS Band Program that is fine, but the district has asked that I only share it with parents.


Girls On the Run

RPEMS is hosting its first ever Girls On the Run group. It's a great way for girls to be involved, make positive connections with peers, and learn about and staying healthy. Of course there is running involved, but nothing that isn't doable.

I'm excited to be an assistant coach for Girls On the Run! I'm encouraging all the girls in band to come hang out with Coach Kurzweil (head coach) and the rest of us assistants!

It's a 10 week program that happens after school until 4:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the season ending in a 5K race at Sporting KC's Stadium. It's a great group to be a part of and I'm super excited to be involved with it.

If you are interested in joining, let me know or Coach Kurzweil!!!! Lets get a big group going and represent RPEMS!!

7th & 8th Grade Band Polos

If your child is new to our district or needs another band polo, please email me Jennifer.Gibson@raypec.org. Include in the Email Subject Line: Student Name & Band Polo. Please let me know which size he/she needs. Cost is $17.25 each. All band students must have a band polo, if purchasing one is an issue, please email me.

Do you want to pay by check? Please send your band polo order in envelope to Ms. Gibson and make your check payable to RPEMS. Please include your child's first/last name, grade and size.

All band students must have an instrument by this Friday, September 1st.

Our band program uses Meyer Music as our instrument dealer, as they carry the brand of instruments we want our kids to use. The instruments are durable, help kids to be successful fast and get a great sound. Meyer Music also carries all of the supplies your child needs to keep their instrument up and running, as well as books and a Korg TM50 Tuner.

You can find the list and everything they need on the website listed below.

Click on shopmeyermusic.com to get your child's instrument today!

*Meyer Music delivers every Tuesday (mid-morning'ish), so you can order through them and they will deliver it to school for you.

Morning Band Help/Practice Time (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)

Starting September 5th any band student may come in prior to school beginning and get extra help from the band teacher in the band room. Or, students may come in to practice just on their own.

These morning help sessions are available every Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 6:30am to 7:25am. Students may leave the band room at 7:10am if he or she wants to eat breakfast or head to their specific grade level area prior to the 7:25am bell.

Morning Band Help Passes are available in the band room and must be picked up PRIOR to the morning he or she wants to come in early. These passes require a band teacher signature and will also allow them off the bus early and in the building.

Go to: shopmeyermusic.com to order books today.

Please make sure you have ordered your child's band books for class. We began using band books today and they will definitely need it to continue to practice at home.

You will need the Essential Elements for Band Books 1 & 2 for his/her specific instrument. **Percussion parents, please see the email I sent yesterday regarding which books for you to purchase.

Practicing at Home

Yes! Your child must practice to be successful! It's the ONLY way to become a better musician. Band is a financial and academic commitment, so naturally you, nor I want to see money wasted and grades that are less than expected. Band is very fun, but certainly not easy. Practice is essential. The more practice occurs, the more confidence and success a student will have as a musician.

Here are some practice tips:

  • instruments must come to school and go home the same day
  • find a place in your home where your child can practice uninterrupted and a place the beautiful sounds won't interrupt you
  • 6th graders should practice 20 minutes a day
  • 7th & 8th graders should practice 30+ a day
  • students should practice homework given in class, review previous lines in the book and maybe look ahead to learn something brand new
  • students should avoid practicing the items they already know repeatedly, but rather practice the items they don't know
  • It's important to remember that when something is getting difficult and they want to give up, that's the point where they are just about to learn something brand new!
  • let your child perform for you or a family member 1 time a week
  • let them practice with another band kiddo too
  • sit in with them on their practice time and have them show you what they've been learning or let them teach you how to play their instrument
  • buy ear plugs

Practice homework will be given daily and should be written in the student agenda. Band practice homework can be found online at rpbands.com/east

How Do I Know What My Kid Should Be Practicing?

CLICK HERE for Band Homework