April Band Newsletter - Ms. Walker
April 19th - April 25th
Dear 8th Graders.....
We know you're sad - hurt - maybe even angry. Maybe you were already over school and you're happy it's "officially called off" -- so there's no more anticipation of *possibly* going back. These memories you've been thinking (or dreaming of) will never be able to replicated or replaced.
.......I'm here to tell you it's okay. You are off to BIGGER and BETTER things. This was NOT your last band concert. You will be playing in your high school marching band or ensemble soon before you know it. You will be challenged and pushed into more exciting and new music you've never thought possible. You'll be walking new halls, making new friends, and leaving behind what is "now". Keep your eyes on the horizon, 8th graders - it's just the beginning of something GREAT.
How do I play?
Disney Band Jeopardy
Monday, April 20th, 6:30pm
This is an online event.
Zoom code will be sent your email that evening for your family's protection.
Smart Music Update / Information
Smart Music is a wonderful FREE eLearning website that allows students to practice and play the book exercises at their own pace. All assignments are assigned every two weeks. (The most recent one is assigned through May 1st.) HOWEVER - I have extended the deadline all the way through June 15th....so your student should have access to these assignments through the end of the school year.
Want to play something different and cool? Smart Music's library offers over 3,000 SONGS AND BOOKS (such as Star Wars, Halloween, Christmas, Jazz, Rock, etc.) - for FREE! Need some help finding it? Let me know and I'm happy to see if I can find what song your student is looking for.
Not sure how to get started? Visit the Band website and find your student's Smart Music classroom code. From there, visit www.smartmusic.com, and sign up for free. Smart Music only works with Google Chrome. Percussionists should choose both "percussion" and "bells" for their instruments.
What is Ms. Walker up to now-a-days?
Currently Reading: "The Ember Queen" (Book 3 of the "Ash Princess" series) -- yes, I'm still reading it. It's a long book!
Current Board Game of Choice: ColorKu (it's Sudoku with colors...)
Music you're listening to: Mary Poppins in Spanish
Last 3 movies you watched: Emma, Trolls 2: World Tour, Driving Ms. Daisy
Have you watched the Tiger King?: Yes - I binged the entire series on a Saturday.
Do you own Animal Crossing?: No! and all Nintendo Switches are sold out. :(