Band Update


Welcome to Band!

Dear Parents,

I am excited to have your students in class this year! If your student has signed up for band or orchestra, please review the information below.
 
Band will meet on Day 2 and Orchestra will meet on Day 3 from 8-8:45, outside of the regular Explore block. Students may enter the building from the main front doors and walk down to the band room. Band and Orchestra will begin the week after labor day. 
 
Instruments that were ordered through Music & Arts or Needham Music will be delivered to the school and I will distribute them to students on our first day of class together. If you have not ordered an instrument yet, please visit www.musicarts.org or www.needhammusicanddance.com. Enter your zip code, click on Molin and then select your instrument.  All band students need to purchase the "Standard of Excellence Book" for their selected instrument and all Orchestra students need "Strictly Strings Book 1." These are available on both Music & Arts and Needham sites and also available on Amazon. 
 
Attached is a flier that Music & Arts has sent out with information about a 3 month rental discount.
 
Learning a new instrument is an amazing, rewarding experience with benefits that reach beyond the classeroom. To build within our musical community, we do a raffle at the end of each class for students who remembered to bring the necessary materials to class (instrument, book, pencil). This is a fun way to encourage students to bring what they need, but there is no consequence for forgetting. If you would like to donate to the raffle program, please send in some fun small items (party favors, free ice cream cards, small games, etc). The kids love it and it is a fun reward for taking on the extra academic challenge of learning an instrument.
 
I will be sending out more information as the school year begins, but please do not hesistate to email me at jsokolowski@newburyport.k12.ma.us . Thank you!
 
Sincerely, 
 
Ms. Jamie Sokolowski
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