End-of-year updates and info

UPDATES FOR ALL CLASSES:

  • We are done with playing instruments for the remainder of the school year
    • Students will be given a couple of non-playing assignments this week, though
  • I am collecting all instruments, books, and equipment that was borrowed from the school starting on TUESDAY (not Monday!) during classes
    • I will be in an all-day meeting on Monday, so please refrain from trying to bring back borrowed items while a substitute teacher is here
  • If you or your student need to replace a borrowed item that was damaged or lost at some point during the school year, please see the Documents/Forms page and scroll down to the section entitled “Recommended (but not required) Lists…”

FOR 8TH GRADERS/FUTURE SRHS MUSICIANS: There is an informational meeting for all incoming SRHS Music families on Monday night, and all marching band/colorguard participants have marching mini-camp on Monday and Tuesday nights. See the post below for further details.

Attention 8th Graders!

If you or your student are not an 8th grader, you may ignore this post/delete this email. If you or your student are an 8th grader but are not enrolling in music classes at Scripps Ranch High School, or are not attending Scripps Ranch High School at all, you may also ignore this post/delete this email.

FOR ALL INCOMING SRHS MUSIC FRESHMEN AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS (corrected as of 3:45 PM on Tue. 5/31/22):

There will be an informational meeting on MONDAY, JUNE 6th from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in the SRHS Theater. The presentation will be geared more towards parents/guardians, but students are also welcome. At least one person from each incoming SRHS Music freshman family should attend, even if it is just the student.

FOR ALL INCOMING SRHS FALCON CORPS AND COLORGUARD (MARCHING BAND) MEMBERS:
Marching mini-camp will be taking place Monday and Tuesday, June 6th and 7th, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM both nights. These are important sessions that will give you an idea of some basic skills to work on over the summer months before training camp begins on Monday, August 15th. Wear clothing that is suitable for athletic movement and bring water.

Food for Musical Thought

 

If you find yourself bored and needing a good article or two to pass the time, here are a few from my good friend, Dr. Noa Kageyama, a.k.a. “The Bulletproof Musician.”

What to Ask Yourself After a Failure or Setback

8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently

“Perfect” Practice May Be Preventing You from Learning that Tricky Passage

Why Listening to Reference Recordings is an Important Part of Practicing

The Importance of Writing Notes in Your Music (one of my favorites!)

For more delightfully thought-provoking articles about music and becoming a better musician, feel free to browse Dr. Kageyama’s blog, and feel free to email me with any articles you don’t see above that you found to be applicable to middle school musicians.