Mokena Meteor Music

December 13 - December 19, 2019

Important Information from the Music Department!

Solo/Ensemble Contest information is below! It is due on December 18! No late entries will be accepted.

Also, the newest IFA fundraiser information - Fun Pasta - is below. This is a non-mandatory IFA fundraiser. All profits go directly into the student's IFA account for future music department fees/trips/purchases. DUE DECEMBER 19 or you can order ONLINE!

Winter break will be here soon! All students are expected to bring their instruments home over break and are encouraged to practice over the break. Please watch the following video: :)

Our next Music Booster meeting is Tuesday, December 17 in the Learning Center at MJHS. Please come out and see what the Music Boosters are all about!

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Help Support the Music Boosters by Shopping Online!

It's the Holiday Season and many of us are doing our holiday shopping online. Did you know that you can support the Mokena Music Boosters with every Amazon purchase you make at no cost to you? Any time you are shopping via Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile for your purchases. Go to You can select the Mokena Music Boosters to receive a donation on your behalf just by making your regular Amazon purchase through them. It doesn't cost you anything and helps the Music Boosters fund our programs. The AmazonSmile fundraiser is available year round - not just at Christmas time. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bussean.
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Pasta IFA Fundraiser

Your child should have brought home a fundraiser form for Fun Pasta. The forms are located in the band rooms and choir rooms if they did not.

This is our second IFA Fundraiser this year and is NOT MANDATORY. The profit to your student's IFA account is 40 - 50% depending on how much the group as a whole sells. Forms with envelope are Due back Dec. 19th, 2019. Please make one check payable to Mokena Music Boosters.

Also there is a link below for online sales. Every student has already been added to the list as a seller. When ordering, it will walk you through and then give you a choice on who you are supporting and you can find your child’s name under there.

If you have any questions please let me know. Email:

Thanks and Happy Selling!

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Do you miss volunteering at the grade school?

Do you want to be more involved but don’t know how to because maybe your student is getting older and there’s not as many volunteer opportunities.

Come to the Music Boosters!

It’s a great way to stay involved behind the scenes

If you have a student in band or choir you are already a member!

We are in need of volunteers for the following areas:


(2 year term beginning June 2020)



Dine & Earns (beginning June 2020)

Dipping Dots’

Afraid you don’t have the time to commit to a position? Grab a friend and do it as a team! If you are interested, please contact one of the Music Directors

Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at the MJHS Library

Solo and Ensemble Contest Information

We are at the time of year where have been talking to your child about Solo/Ensemble Contest. Solo/Ensemble Contest is an opportunity for students to perform either a solo (by themselves with a piano accompanist) or an ensemble (with a small group) in front of a judge. This music is something they work on outside of normal rehearsals.

Many students have requested music already. This does not mean they are committed to attending S/E Contest - this just means they wanted to look at some music so they can decide if it's something they'd like to do. If your child is still interested in obtaining solo or ensemble music, please have them contact their director or their private lesson instructor.

If Solo and Ensemble Contest is something they would like to try, they would be committing to finding a piano accompanist (and paying for that service based on the amount charged by each piano player), paying a fee of $9 for a solo or $6 for each ensemble member, attending Pre-Contest at MJH on Saturday 1/25/20, and attending the actual contest on either 2/15/20.

I have included more information below.

If you have any questions about solo and ensemble contest, please contact your director.

Forms and payments will be due NO LATER than Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Make checks payable to the Mokena Music Boosters.

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Private Music Lessons - Highly Encouraged

It is not required that Mokena music students take private lessons. It is true, however, that the vast majority of students who do not take private lessons tend to have improper playing habits, and never reach their full potential as musicians. SECTIONALS ARE NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR PRIVATE LESSONS. There are still many benefits of private instruction over full band rehearsal and small group sectionals. If you are interested in getting your child private lessons on their instrument, please visit the following link:

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bussean or Ms. Beekman


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Please note that students are responsible for their own schedules for Musical rehearsals. The schedule for rehearsals is posted in the band room hallway, and is updated every week in the Newsletter. Students should refer to their script to determine whether or not they are needed if they feel the information is unclear. I will always either list the song title or the scene we will be working on. This is their responsibility. Attendance is critical and ADVANCE notice should be given if a student will be missing. This INCLUDES other school activities.
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Musical Tech Crew Members

Here is the tentative schedule of when we will meet. We will assign which set pieces we will be building later. Students will be assigned to Groups and will only need to attend when their group is scheduled. This will help alleviate students not having enough work to do at a given build time. The students chose their groups and came up with group names. More information on who is in which group can be found in the next section. Our December schedule is as follows:

Saturday, December 14 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - CANCELLED

Saturday, December 21 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - RATATOUILLE/BUDDY-CHUM-PALS/TURTLES/SEBASTIANS only


Thursday, January 9 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 11 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday, January 16 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 18 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday, January 23 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, January 30 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 1 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday, February 6 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, February 13 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, February 20 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, February 27 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 29 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday, March 5 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, March 19 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 21 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Students should bring a sack lunch and drink to Saturday Crew meetings.

Please make sure to wear clothing that you don't mind ruining (we will be painting) and students must always have on closed toe shoes - no flip flops or slides. Students should bring screw guns if they have them and should ALWAYS wear eye protection (goggles).

Tech Week Mandatory Schedule

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Monday, March 23
Tuesday, March 24
Wednesday, March 25
Thursday, March 26

Students will be bused from MJH to LWC for these rehearsals. Students who have purchased dinners in advance will be fed. Students who did not pre-pay for dinners will need to provide their own dinners/drinks.


Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28

These performances will take place at LWC. Times to be determined

Sunday, March 29

Time to be determined


Mandatory set strike and storage of equipment
We will start at LWC and then move things to MJH.

This is MANDATORY for all Cast and Crew members.




TonalEnergy Tuner is an all-inclusive, easy to use application designed for individual practice and/or large ensemble rehearsals that aides musicians to improve sound quality and intonation.

Tuning, volume, articulation, release, duration, and steadiness are the key elements of developing a beautiful tone quality. TonalEnergy Tuner is the first multi-purpose application that allows users of all ages to understand and improve every aspect of their sound.

This app is especially useful to young brass players who struggle to find the correct partial. Oftentimes they think they are playing the correct pitch, when in fact, they are not. This can be very frustrating. This app can help students learn where the correct partial is and to hear when they are not matching the correct pitch.

In addition to its tuner capabilities, it has a built in metronome to keep students rehearsing with a steady beat!

We highly recommend that all students in our band program invest in this application if they have access to a device. It is well worth the $3.99 it costs. This is much more inexpensive than a separate metronome and tuner device.

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What is an IFA Account? (Formerly known as IBA)

You may hear the term IFA account and wonder "what is that?" An IFA account is an Individual Fund Account. Every student registered in Charms automatically has an account. Funds raised through IFA Fundraisers will be credited to your child's account and can be used to purchase any music related items such as booster fees, reeds, valve oil, and even music department trips, just to name a few! The current 6th and 7th Grade Band students are eligible to go on the 2021 Trip to Disney World! If your child is in 4th and 5th Grade, they will be eligible for the Disney trip in 2023. Start saving now!

IFA Fundraisers usually occur once per quarter and are not mandatory. We are currently running the Popcorn Fundraiser. 50% of the proceeds will go into your child's IFA account.

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Music Booster Meeting - December 17, 2019

Come out on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM to the monthly Music Booster Meeting. The meeting will take place at Mokena Junior High School. Music Booster meetings are open meetings that anyone can attend. Come see what our Boosters are all about and how you can help support your child's music education. I look forward to seeing you there!

Did you know we have a Facebook page?

The Mokena Meteor Music Department has a Facebook page! It is a closed group, so please request to join! We post photos and information about what is happening in the Music Department. There is a link at the bottom of this Newsletter.
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November 2019


12/17 - Music Booster Meeting 7:00 pm

12/18 - Solo/Ensemble Forms and Money DUE

12/19 - Choir Trip to see Phantom of the Opera

12/20 - Morning Holiday Assemblies during school

12/20 - Last Day of School Before Winter Break!