MP Band – Information for 24 -29 February

Good Morning All,

Hope all is well.  Lots going on over the next week.

JAZZ BAND:  We will be rehearsing every Thursday, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., at the middle school.  If you were not able to come last week, but you were planning on participating, please be there this week.  Remember, only those that will be dedicated and motivated need to show up.  If you are going to be inconsistent in your attendance, this isn’t for you.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE:  We have been invited to play the Arts Council Annual Breakfast in May.  In order to prepare for this event we will begin rehearsing every Thursday, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the band room.  Same logic applies to this ensemble as does the Jazz Band.  Only those that will be dedicated and motivated need to show up.  If you are going to be inconsistent in your attendance, this isn’t for you.

MOUNT PLEASANT BAND BOOSTERS:  Copies of the bylaws have gone out.  Votes on the proposed changes will happen this week through the Google Form that was sent out (https://forms.gle/MiuHSKUFrJ9nxhrF8).  Next boosters meeting is 2 March at 6:30 p.m.  Please plan to be there.  Lots of items to discuss (upcoming fundraiser, etc.).

RISING 9th GRADE CURRICULUM NIGHT:  On 2 March, Mount Pleasant High School will be hosting a Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night.  I will be setting up a table in the lobby for perspective band recruits.  I will be talking with some of the current students about helping me to man the table.  Stay tuned……….

WINTERGUARD REHEARSALS:  Please make sure you are staying up to date with information from Victoria via the BAND app.  Rehearsals the next couple of weeks:

  • Monday, February 24th:  Varsity and J. Varsity; 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 26th:  Varsity; 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 27th:  J. Varsity; 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 29th: WGI Contest in Atlanta, GA

SMARTMUSIC ACCOUNTS:  All students who are currently in the band classes are required to have SmartMusic account.  This system will be utilized to assess them in their playing of a variety of exercises and in the concert literature they are playing.  It is also a practice tool.  They were asked to have registered for this by the end of this week.  If they have not registered, they need to do so now.  Students will have assignments starting this week.

  • Instructions to establish account:
    • Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
    • When prompted for an e-mail address, use an e-mail address that you check regularly (preferably the same one that is linked to your CutTime accounts).
    • When prompted for a class code, please enter:  ZQY7V-MUXJU
    • THAT IS IT!  Takes 10 seconds.

All students have a series of assignments to complete by 11:59 p.m. tonight (24 Feb).  These assignments are assignments meant to get you used to using the system.  If there is a technological issue causing you to get a low grade, send the assignment and I will listen to it and make necessary grade adjustments if need be.

Students will have weekly assignments to complete.  These assignments are a mix a technique exercises, sightreading exercises, and excerpts from their music.  Assignments not completed on time can be completed late, but the highest grade a student can make if assignments are late is a 70.  Students who are not able to complete these assignments at home need to arrange times with me to complete them here.  In order for students to be successful at these, they must take their instruments home and practice.  Most assessments, with the exception of the sightreading excerpts, can be done multiple times until they feel it is a good run of that exercise/excerpt.  Sightreading is different.  Students will only be given 45 seconds to look at an excerpt then they must play it.  Once they have performed the sightreading, it is automatically submitted.  These assignments should not take long to complete if students are truly practicing.

All assessments are recorded.  If a student makes a poor grade due poor performance or by just treating this as if this is a joke, those recordings can be sent to you, the parent/guardian at any time.

To use the system, students must use a laptop, tablet, or system such as a Chromebook.  The best browser to use is Google Chrome.  Folks with Apple products can download the “New Smartmusic” app.