MP Band – COVID-19 Update 20 March 2020

Good Afternoon,

 

Hope you are all doing well.  In these uncertain times, I know you have lots of questions, concerns, etc.  Please know that just like you, this is new to us all.  Please continue to be patient.  Continue to take care of yourselves and your families.  Follow the advice of the officials who pushing this information down.

 

WELLNESS CHECKS:  Please let me know how you all are doing.  Whether it be through a phone call, an email, etc., please let me know.  If there are issues that you encounter, please let me know.  I want to be able to help you if you need it.  Nothing is too big or too small in this case.

 

MATERIALS TO WORK ON:  It is looking like the school closures will go on longer than the initial two week period that was originally set.  With that being said, plans are being devised to offer online instruction at some point.  For now, the county has supplemental materials that can be worked on (https://cabarrus.instructure.com/courses/137359).  Please do these things.  Even though they are supplemental, these items were put together to help keep you fresh.  In a week or so, expect online materials to be offered by all of your teachers.

 

For the Band:  Up to the point we left school, all band students had weekly assignments to complete in SmartMusic.  Unless you have assignments you did not complete prior to the school closure, I have stopped posting assignments until approximately 30 March.  Starting 30 March, I will continue to post items on SmartMusic and in Cut Time for us to do.  It is imperative that you remember your login information for both of those systems.  If you do not, please let me know ASAP so I can help you.  There will be a few things posted every few days for us to try to complete.

 

Key Thing:  Please do not use this time to just be lazy.  I promise, you will have plenty of time for Netflix, video games, etc.  It is imperative for you to do some sort of “educational upkeep” daily to stay sharp.

 

LEADERSHIP TRAINING:  Due to the fact we will not be back to school for a time period, we will not be able to conduct our leadership training as previously scheduled.  Fortunately for us, a really cool resource has opened up for us to utilize during this time we are away.  If you were planning to audition for a leadership position in the band program or if you are just interested in learning more about leadership, I want you to go to http://www.leaderoftheband.org/?fbclid=IwAR0PT0CblgB6B8YxNrRREF-4Y6cP3J2POjZFw3QecaSpt34MyJd3NoL8jYg .  Here you will find the Leadership University.  Leadership University is an awesome online platform created by Scott Lang, who is one of the tops in the world when it comes to leadership training in the band setting.  He is highly sought after as a clinician and his resources are invaluable.

 

When you get to this site, you will first need to create an account.  There is a “Login/Register” button at the top of the screen.  Signing up is easy.

 

After you have created your account, you are going to register for three courses.  All three courses show up on the home page.  The first course is “Learning and Leading.”  Select this course.  There is a button that says “Purchase this course.”  Hit that button.  Do not worry………the course is free.  Go back to the homepage and select the second course; “Teaching and Team Building.”  Follow the same instructions as above.  Go back to the homepage.  Select the third item; “Leadership Team Application.”  Follow the same instructions as above.  Once you have selected the three courses, view your shopping cart.  You will need to make sure you are logged in to add the courses to your profile.  Complete the transaction.  Again, the courses are free, so they will cost you nothing.  It won’t ask for a credit card, etc.

 

Once you have registered for these courses, please begin going through them.  Pay close attention to the material in these courses.  It is awesome this resource opened up for us to use.  We were already going to be using a lot of his resources.

 

Please complete the written exercises for each lesson.  We will be going over this material.

 

If you do not feel this is important, do not come out for leadership training/auditions.  This is the first step to see what kind of leader you are.  Ask yourself these questions:

 

  • Are you someone who is proactive?
  • Are you always looking out for the good of the members of this organization?
  • Are you willing to work for the betterment of the group?
  • Are you dedicated to this program?

 

Or

 

  • Are you someone who is just looking for a title?
  • Are you someone that is just going to do just enough “to get by?”
  • Are you someone that will just do this just to “build the resume?”

 

By completing the courses, you are at least showing some motivation and drive to being an awesome leader.  It shows you care enough about leadership and the betterment of the group to do what is necessary.  These are the people we need.

 

As we work through the school closure situation, I will come up with a battle plan to do leadership training and auditions.  Let this be the first step of your training.

 

If you have questions, concerns, issues, etc., please contact me.

 

v/r,

 

Keith J. Lee

Director of Bands

Mount Pleasant High School

 

E-mail:  keith.lee@cabarrus.k12.nc.us

Office Phone:  704.260.6690 ext. 76707

Cell Phone:  704.224.4695

Website:  www.mpband.org

Address:  700 Walker Road, Mount Pleasant, NC  28124-9596