Apr. 23 – 27, 2018

PRACTICE RECORDS: All band/orchestra students have a regular weekly practice record due at the beginning of class on Friday, April 27th.  No official repertoire has been set for the new season in the advanced classes, so they get to play whatever they want during their home practice time….until their pops repertoire is established.  Stay in the habit of regular practice!

ADVANCED CLASSES: We’ll continue to sight-read potential pops repertoire in the early part of the week, and we should be rehearsing your actual repertoire by the end of the week.  My goal is to have a full, four-piece (or more) repertoire in your binders by the end of this week.

INTERMEDIATE CLASSES: Now that we have a full repertoire in everyone’s binder for pops season, visit your class page to listen to your reference recordings and make it a goal to know your pitches and rhythms solidly no later than May 11th.

INTERMEDIATE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Rehearsal is on for this week.  Want to perform at the pops concert?  You have this week and next week to show that you’re serious about it.

SSC: SSC will meet at their normal times this week.

CHAMBER MUSIC: All rehearsals will take place as normal this week.  Are you ready and/or preparing for the Chamber Music Showcase at Open House on May 24th?  I don’t hear a lot of new repertoire being played during chamber rehearsals….🤔


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.