Dec. 10 – 14, 2018

PRACTICE RECORDS: This week’s practice record must be submitted online before the start of your band/orchestra class on Friday, December 14th.

WINTER CONCERTS: The MMS Winter Concerts are this Wednesday and Thursday!  The intermediate ensembles and I are very much looking forward to their debut performances for the school year!  Take a look at the post below for all of the details.  A couple of items and volunteers are still needed for the concessions table at the Winter Band Concert on Wednesday evening.  Please sign up using the post below if you are willing and able to donate and/or volunteer.

QUARTER 2 PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT: The Quarter 2 Performance Assessment will be taking place in all classes during the week of December 17 – 21.  Materials and rubrics can be viewed in this post below through the assessment window.

FINANCIAL UPDATE: Please visit the financial update post below with frequency over the course of December and January.  Our trips all have a payment deadline shortly after the end of our first semester, so January 25th is last date on which we can accept donations.  Please consider donating to the program if you haven’t already done so, and if you have, THANK YOU!  Please spread the word and hopefully we can keep these trips afloat for these hard-working student musicians!

DISTRICT HONOR GROUPS: The SDUSD Middle School Honor Band/Orchestra audition materials are now available.  Online audition requests will be available sometime this week, so check back to that post for live links soon.  6th graders are also eligible for the SDUSD Debut Honor Band/Orchestra.  Audition dates for both levels of honor groups are in late January, and links for all aforementioned honor groups are available in the post below.

CHAMBER MUSIC: Wednesday office hour rehearsals are cancelled this week due to the Winter Band Concert later that evening.  Other than that, all other rehearsals will take place as normal.

SSC: SSC will meet on Tuesday and Thursday at lunch as normal.

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District Honor Groups

SDUSD MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR GROUPS
(grades 6, 7, and 8)

Auditions: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at De Portola Middle School
Audition form with Mr. Brown’s signature:   Band       Orchestra
Online audition time requests:   (links coming soon)
Audition materials:   Band       Orchestra
Rehearsal dates/times:   Band  (Orchestra, see audition materials)
Rehearsal location: Lewis Middle School
Performance: Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Pt. Loma Nazarene University

SDUSD DEBUT (ELEMENTARY) HONOR GROUPS
(grades 4, 5, and 6)

Auditions: Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Correia Middle School
Audition form with Mr. Brown’s signature:   Band       Orchestra
Online audition time requests:   Band       Orchestra
Audition materials:   Band       Orchestra
Rehearsal dates/times:   (see audition materials)
Rehearsal location: Correia Middle School
Performance: Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Pt. Loma Nazarene University

Winter Concert Concessions

Our Winter Concerts are coming up next week, and our hardworking volunteers will be hosting concession sales before and after each performance.  Please bring cash to purchase snacks and drinks as you wait to enter the theater, or afterwards to savor the best moments of the concert.  100% of your concessions purchase goes to the operating funds of the MMS Instrumental Music program!

If you are willing and able, please use one of the sign-up links below to donate food and/or drinks, or volunteer to assist.  By donating goods to the concession sales, you are helping facilitate fundraising necessary to carry on with our plans for this school year’s music education experience.  Many thanks to Mare Mountain and Mary Corbett for coordinating the concessions table at our concerts!

Winter Band Concert Concessions (Wed., Dec. 12): Sign up here

Winter Orchestra Concert Concessions (Thu., Dec. 13): Sign up here

Dec. 3 – 7, 2018

PRACTICE RECORDS: This week’s practice record must be submitted online before the start of your band/orchestra class on Friday, December 7th.

WINTER CONCERTS: The MMS Winter Concerts are coming up next week!  Take a look at the post below for all of the details.

QUARTER 2 PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT: The Quarter 2 Performance Assessment will be taking place in all classes during the week of December 17 – 21.  Materials and rubrics will be distributed on Monday, and can be viewed in this post below through the assessment window.

FINANCIAL UPDATE: Please visit the financial update post below with frequency over the course of December and January.  Our trips all have a payment deadline shortly after the end of our first semester, so January 25th is last date on which we can accept donations.  Please consider donating to the program if you haven’t already done so, and if you have, THANK YOU!  Please spread the word and hopefully we can keep these trips afloat for these hard-working student musicians!

CHAMBER MUSIC: All rehearsals will take place as normal this week.

SSC: SSC will meet on Tuesday and Thursday at lunch as normal.

Quarter 2 Performance Assessment

All band/orchestra classes will receive the details for their Quarter 2 Performance Assessment (Q2PA) on Monday, December 3rd.  The testing window will occur during the week of December 17 – 21.  All testing details are available below, and will remain posted here on the front page of the blog through the testing window.  PLEASE NOTE: If you know that you are going to miss any school during the week of December 17 – 21 due to holiday travel, you must complete the assessment before you leave.  If you do have travel plans, please contact Mr. Brown as soon as possible in order to work out how you will do that.

Test assignment sheet: Adv. Band     Adv. Orch.     Int. Band     Int. Orch.
Grading rubrics: Selections     Scales
Selections for percussionists

Financial Update

While many families have generously donated to the music program, we are still short of our financial goals.  At this point, none of the four classes can embark on their annual spring trip as we cannot afford to send every student in each class.  Please consider an optional contribution to the MMS Instrumental Music program to make all of our plans possible.  Visit the Documents/Forms page for a voluntary donation form if you’d like to send check or cash in to Mr. Brown with your student, or click the “Donate Now” button on the right hand side of the blog.  This post will remain on the front page until no longer necessary.

MMS Instrumental Music financial update
(Once I can figure out how to properly embed the spreadsheet into this post, you’ll no longer have to click the link to view the status updates)

MMS Instrumental Music planned operating budget

 

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.