It's October already, the start-up this year flew by!
All music classes are now up and running and so all students should have their instruments. Black shirt orders are being taken with order forms due Friday October 5th.
Musical Theatre is also up-and-running although class lists and emails have not been finalized yet... with such a large class it takes a while to get everyone entered. Please be patient!
Choir is the first ensemble to perform on Monday Nov. 5 at Colwood City Hall followed by our Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday Nov. 9th.
Don't forget about our Christmas Concert on Tuesday December 11th! Thinking about Christmas... in October... ugh!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
June 18, 2018
A few things as we are wrapping up the music program throughout June.
Instruments: After tomorrow (Tues June 19) we will be done with instruments. School District instruments will be due back to the music room by the end of day tomorrow. If you have an instrument from a music store and your child is planning to continue music next year, I invite you to check with them on their policies. I know that in some cases if you pay for the next school year you get to keep the instrument for free over the summer. If this is the case, make sure that sometime over the summer you take the instrument back to them so that they can service and clean the instrument for you. Just like a car, instruments need servicing every 5000km… or 5000 notes.***If the instrument is from a store and you plan to return it, then you must take the instrument TO the store. Even if you attended the Tom Lee Music Rental night at Dunsmuir back in September, do not leave it at Dunsmuir – it must be returned TO the music store.***
Purchasing an instrument?: if you plan to purchase an instrument over the summer and not sure where to start, I have no problem giving you some guidance or advice – I know how daunting it is to purchase an instrument. Any of the music stores in Victoria are GREAT!
Switching instruments: Unless your child will be taking jazz band next year and needs to switch to or learn a second instrument for it (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, for example) – the next level of band is a continuation of music from this year and depending on the switch done in September, it will put the student almost a year behind their classmates. I strongly encourage students to continue on their concert band instrument. For jazz band, I have been talking to students in an effort to set them up for September.
Choir and Band - summer Music: the summertime is a long period to go without playing your instrument or singing. To avoid ‘forgetting’ how to play the instrument and to avoid becoming ‘rusty’ I encourage students to pick up their instrument or belt out a tune several times a week over the summer. Even just doing warm-ups or scales will help keep their skills from eroding. Summertime is also a great time to check out the sheet music sections of the music store. For instruments there are play-a-long books at various difficulty levels where you can have a CD/mp3 recording accompanying you while you play the music. These books are usually available for multiple instruments as well as in various styles and genres from rock to jazz, and even Disney hits. This is a great way to find new enjoyment in your instrument. Songbooks for singers are also available with some containing accompanying tracks too.
As we tidy up here at Dunsmuir, I will have some music available for students to take home and try. Some of our beginning band 6 students have begun to ask for some of the band 7 & 8 music from this year so they can try it at home.
Uniform parts: has your child decided not to go into music next year or have they grown out of their uniform? If you have old black clothing (collared shirts, black pants, black shoes) that you need to get rid of: we’d love to take it as a donation here at the school provided they’re in decent shape.