Sep. 20 – 24, 2021

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC COUNCIL: Students from the intermediate and advanced classes will be given the opportunity to apply for the Instrumental Music Council this week. This council will work on projects for the instrumental music program such as maintaining the music library, organizing musical equipment/supplies, and even voting on financial decisions for the program. The application will be made available on Google Classroom early in the week.

INT./ADV. CLASSES: These classes are off to a solid start as we embark on this new adventure of combined band/orchestra classes! The major development for this week will be opening SmartMusic accounts and starting up with playing assignments. Since we are not performing until the Winter Concert on December 9th, these classes will continue familiarizing themselves with new key signatures through extensive work on warm-up exercises as well as a few exploratory pieces that will help me determine how to choose music for these classes throughout the year.

BEG. CLASSES: The vast majority of students in the beginning classes have an instrument to work with, and are ready to begin working with them! Students using instruments that they already own or are renting should start bringing them to school everyday starting Monday. This week may not feature a lot of actual music as we learn about COVID-19 safety with wind instruments, how to care for each instrument, and how to make a solid tone. Depending on how things go, we may also open SmartMusic accounts and begin with playing assignments. I know that getting started has been a slow process, but once students get the hang of their instruments, things will really start moving!

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.