Welcome to KSD 140 BANDS!
Dear Band Parents,
First and foremost, we hope you and all of your respective family members are healthy and safe. It has been quite a challenging time for us from a planning perspective. Our entire administration has been working tirelessly all summer with respect to scheduling and, as you are well aware, there have been many changes due to health and safety reasons. This has truly been a Herculean task. Our administrators and school board members have been extremely supportive of our program because they know how important instrumental music education is to our students and the community at large.
We, the directors, have spent the summer participating in webinars, researching data and collaborating with other music educators throughout the state and are steadfastly committed to providing our students with the safest and the best possible instrumental music education experience.
Now that the decision has been made to start our school year remotely, our district has agreed to purchase SmartMusic licenses for all of our participating band students. For those of you who are not familiar with this product, SmartMusic is a web-based tool that contains much of the literature that we teach. Your child will be able to access music from their iPad and play along with pre-recorded accompaniments. The program will record them and provide assessments. It’s like playing along with a real live band which is a lot of fun. I like to think of it as Guitar Hero for band! More information will be forthcoming with respect to specific scheduling via Zoom.
To this end, we are asking you to fill out this brief registration form for this school year. Please click on the link below to fill out this form.
We would like you to have this completed no later than FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th.
ALL PERTINENT INFORMATION WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU AND POSTED ON THE WEB AT: WWW.KSD140.ORG/BAND. STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE ALL INFORMATION VIA GOOGLE CLASSROOM.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call your child’s director.
6th Grade-Mr. Hodges: firstname.lastname@example.org 532-8500
7th Grade-Ms. Schubbe: email@example.com 342-9295
8th Grade-Mr. Szczasny: firstname.lastname@example.org 342-9286
As difficult as the last five months have been for all of us, it’s impossible to comprehend what it would have been like without music. Your children are learning an invaluable art form, not only for their development and well-being, but for all of humanity.
Let’s keep the music playing!