PSMS BAND UPDATE: Week of February 16 - 20
7th Grade AFL "extra credit" is due by 11:59pm
NO 8th Grade AFL this week - you should be working on your ensemble piece.
MONDAY 2/16 -
TUESDAY 2/17 -
6:45am - Jazz Band Rehearsal
- A Day
7th & 8th Grade AOL skill test begins
6:45am - Jazz Band Rehearsal
FRIDAY 2/20 -
7th & 8th GRADE SPRING TRIP - MUSIC IN THE PARKS, BRANSON MO
Payment #2 is due ($40) Friday, 2/20. Payment #1 for chaperones is due this Friday ($45) along with chaperone paperwork that was emailed home last week.
SOLO / ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL INFO
Thursday, March 5th @ Aubry Bend Middle School 12501 W 175th St. 3:30pm - 7:30pm. Your student's exact performance time will come out the week prior to the festival.
Most non-percussion solos require a piano accompanist with the solo (if there is an accompaniment part; it should be utilized to make the solo complete as the composer intended). The band website has a listing of known area accompanists that you can contact. Make sure to get your accompanist secured NOW. Please avoid using "student accompanists".
It is important to use an experienced accompanist who is an accomplished pianist to accompany your child to avoid issues that may arise with not having the experience of working with a soloist or being proficient with the music or knowing how to rehearse with your student.
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
February 20 - Spring Trip payments are due
March 5 - BV Middle Level Solo / Ensemble Festival @ ABMS
March 10 - South Area Band Festival - 6th and 7th Graders @ BVHS (details to come)
April 7 - 8th Grade Band A BVHS Pre-Festival Clinic Concert - 7pm @ BVHS
April 16 - BV District 7th Grade Band Festival 9am - 1pm @ BVSWHS
April 22 - BV District 8th Grade Band Festival 9am - 1pm @ BVWHS
April 27 - BVHS Jazz Night - Jazz Band only - 7pm @ BVHS
May 2- Spring Trip to Branson, MO
May 14 - PSMS 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Bands Spring Concert - 7pm @ PSMS
One of the best ways to improve quickly and efficiently on your instrument is with the one-on-one instruction afforded through private lessons. Think of the teaching ratio as 1:1 rather than 1:39 (7th grade band this year). Sometimes having a "tutor" is viewed as having a deficiency in a subject area (i.e. Math tutor or a Reading tutor).
In music, that is not the case at all!
While it can and will help struggling students, typically the best musicians in the band are the ones who are studying with a private instructor. Having this instruction will make a huge impact on your development from a musical skill / technical standpoint as well as cognitive standpoint - not to mention motivational and helpful in preparing for auditions, chair tests, and solo / ensemble festival!
If you are interested in learning more or would like a recommendation for an instructor, please let me know.
If you are getting BRACES put on, taken off or adjusted, please plan around the dates of our performances to avoid conflicts.
Your student will likely be able to play very little, if at all, after this major work is done. Students probably need at least 2 weeks to adjust from the trauma to the mouth and embouchure. Mouth 'muscle memory' totally changes when braces are applied, taken off, or adjusted; and it is going to take some time for your student to physically adjust to the changes. Please keep this in mind when scheduling ortho / dental visits around concert events!
Some GREAT solutions to help out students with braces (especially brass players):