Summitview Elementary Instrumental Music

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I would like to review a few responsibilities regarding participation in the instrumental program at Summitview.

     1.  Students need to have required materials with them for both lesson and full-                   band.  This includes lesson book, band music, pencil and parent signature on the             practice log.
     2.  Students are required to attend lessons during the school day.  If there is an                   activity taking place within the regular classroom that does not allow them to                   attend students need to let me know.  Otherwise they are recorded as skipping               lesson time.      
     3.  Students are required to practice a minimum of 15 minutes each night, which totals 90 minutes, to receive a practice grade of "A" for each lesson.  If students have two lessons during the week then a requirement of 60 minutes for the second lesson equals an "A."  A break-down of the practice grade for each lesson is found below.

Regular Week (6 practice days of 90 minutes)
Short Week (4 practice days of 60 minutes)
A+= 91 or more minutes A+= 61 or more minutes
A= 75-90 minutes A= 45-60 minutes
B= 60-74 minutes B= 30-44 minutes
C= 45-59 minutes C= 21-29 minutes
D= 30-44 minutes D= 15-20 minutes
E= 0-29 minutes E= 0-14 minutes

Students were expected to attend lesson time and band rehearsal when in school.  Each month a schedule was sent home that indicated lesson days and times.  Band will continue through the third week of May and lessons continue through the end of the school year. Students in 5th and 6th grade will participate in the end of the year promotion ceremony.  5th grade will perform one selection while 6th grade will play two pieces.

Many students prepared lessons material and band music with a great deal of time commitment and dedication.  Some students went above and beyond what I required, and it was very evident in their playing ability.  Please remind your child in order to do well at anything time needs to be set aside to practice.  A time commitment of at least 15 minutes a day is expected in order to make progress so your child will feel successful.  With many students involved in a number of activities a definite time needs to be designated for practicing.  Otherwise the student becomes frustrated when attending band and lessons because he/she cannot perform the required material at the level that is expected.  Help your child figure out when the best time to practice is and assist them in sticking to what was decided.    

Throughout the school year student attendance at rehearsals was outstanding for many of the students.  Most were more than willing to help get out music stands and set up chairs.  Please continue to support them in their practice time and concert attendance.  Music is an activity that each student can participate in long after they receive their diploma on graduation day.  It can be for a lifetime.    

I would like to once again say thank you for supporting music at Summitview Elementary.  When students participate in activities that require everyone to do their best many valuable life-long skills are learned.  Those skills are, but not limited to, cooperation, striving for a goal and knowing you are important to the success of the group.  Continue to encourage your child to participate and always put forth their best effort.    

The students of the Summitview Shark band participated in the Winter Concert on December 8, the district-wide Music in Our Schools Concert on February 23 in the high school auditorium and the Spring Concert on March 30.  All concerts were at 7 pm. Performance venue for all three performances was the high school auditorium.

 Fourth grade students and any student in fifth or sixth grade had the opportunity to begin instrument instruction in May.  Instrument rental night was scheduled for Monday, April 10 in the Waynesboro Area High School Auditorium.  Information was sent home with students.  If your child did not bring a letter home tell him/her see either Mrs. Slick or myself for one.  The bottom portion of the letter regarding instrument selection needs to be returned to either Mrs. Slick or myself.  The meeting will include information about the instrumental program as well as a presentation by Menchey Music Service regarding their rental plan.  Plan to attend even if your child already has access to an instrument.  If you have any questions about the meeting or the instrumental program feel free to contact me at

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