Upcoming concerts

Upcoming Concerts!

Friday, Dec. 4 – Chorus, 4pm - 4:30pm (please arrive at 3:45pm) (http://stanleymusic.org/student-calendar)

Saturday, Dec. 12, Stanley Jazz Messengers (http://stanleymusic.org/student-calendar)

Monday, Dec. 14, Winter Band Concert (http://stanleymusic.org/student-calendar)

Tuesday, Dec. 15, Winter Chorus Concert (http://stanleymusic.org/student-calendar)

Friday, Dec. 18, Winter Holiday Concerts for the Student Body and any community members (8:30am to 10:30am – Chorus, Gold Band, Jazz Messengers, and the String Orchestra)

Dear Music Students and Parents,

I hope that you have recovered from the Thanksgiving Holiday, but more importantly, I hope that you took time to be thankful. My own time with my wife, children, and grandchildren gave me a lot to be thankful for. I also took time to imagine a world without Music. It was very dark! Just as we all have some athletic talent, everyone has some musical talent. Please keep singing and/or playing your instrument. A fewfocused minutes of practice each day will help you improve. Obviously, the more time you practice correctly, the better you will get and the more you will enjoy singing/playing Music.

Some parents and students asked about trimester grades. As I stated at Back-To-School Night, all students in Band and Chorus will be issued an “A”. Jazz Band members have a “P”. (There is not an A to F grade for that class). For years parents have commented on grades and test scores. Some of the most success people I know focus on the work they produce not the grade. Yes, there are valid arguments for both points of view, but this year (my 39th in Music Education) I’ve come to the realization that students who are serious about ARTS and Music training are more concerned with the journey and the milestones along the way.

When you review the report card look at the comments. If you see only positive comments, you can be assured that you (or your child) are on the right track. If, for instance in Band, you have “low test scores” that’s an indication that you are not practicing enough to pass simple tests. Your test scores determine which level of band you will achieve. If, for instance in Chorus, the comment is something to the effect of “too much talking, “distracting others from learning” or related behavior, you need to be more serious during rehearsals.

A music group progresses at the speed of the weakest player or singer. Progress is determined by practice outside of rehearsal and focused effort during rehearsal.

If you have any questions regarding grades in Band or Chorus, please contact me.

With gratitude,

Bob Athayde

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