As you and your child progress in this new adventure of music learning, I am sure you have heard some interesting “musical” sounds and have been struck by the thought, “What is that sound, and what are they teaching my child?” Trust me, this is all part of the learning process! Through it all, remember that learning music is learning about success in life as well. Please consider the following:

Music study develops critical life skills.
We all want children to grow up happy and successful. Studying music develops perseverance, intrinsic motivation, creative problem-solving, adaptability, and teamwork — all keys to a successful and happy life!

Parents are an essential component in student’s musical success.
At the early stage of your child’s musical development, it is crucial to support your child by guiding them how and when to practice. When discussing music, set aside quitting as a potential option.

Approach music study with a long view.
Students benefit directly from a mindset that assumes studying music is a long-term thing. They can be free of the clutter of deciding if they will continue to play, and get on with the joy of exploring how they will get better at performing. As the parent, you set the tone in your family for the place of music study.

These ideas are “big picture” items, for sure. Over the coming months, I’ll be sharing more thoughts with you about music study, how to foster your child’s enjoyment and success, and how you can make a direct impact. If these or any of my emails spark thoughts or raise questions, I am ready to help. Please feel free to reach out at any time.

  • All band students should bring their (1) instrument, (2) book, (3) pencil, and (4) folder to class everyday. Students can earn 10 points per day for coming prepared. Some student’s have begun to lose points for not coming prepared to class.
  • All band students should be practicing on their mouthpiece, pad, or instrument for 10-15 minutes, 5 days per week.
  • “We learn at school. We improve at home.” – Wayne Gretzky – Michael Scott – Mr. Leedy
  • All 5th grade band students have an assignment due on Sept. 20th. That assignment is located in Google Classroom.
  • There are multiple families who have not completed the Band Syllabus Confirmation. Please do as soon as possible. That confirmation is found here (click).
  • Our first concert of the year is tentatively set for Tuesday Nov. 1st.
  • Please check the Baker Event and Grading Calendar often. Students typically receive one week’s notice of an upcoming due date. Click here to see the calendar.