Update – I wish I had all the answers, or news regarding school opening again, but I do not. I can tell you Mr. Hagman and the faculty are working hard on getting prepared for in depth online learning. There are many phases already planned. As of now, fine arts online education will start April 20th if we are still in this shelter in place mode. We get updates every day from Mr. Hagman by email and we have Zoom faculty meetings on Mondays and Thursdays. The most important thing right now is that every student has access to a computer and internet. I hope that all of the Lamar Band students have their instruments at home. If not, do not worry, there will not be graded work that requires an instrument at this time. I don’t see that happening. I would not worry one second about grades in fine arts classes. We are looking for enriching activities to keep your skills strong. Right now we have two things listed below that will be great and are FREE while the virus has us at home.
Most importantly I hope that all of the Lamar Band families are safe and healthy. This is a challenging time, but I know The Pride of Lamar is ready for it. We face challenges and adversity all the time in music. We work through difficult times and we do it together as a team. Lets keep that mindset as we move forward. Please contact me with anything. Just contact me to chat! I have the time!
SmartMusic – This music service has been around for a long time. It is usually a pricey subscription, but now they are offering it free for every student and teacher around the world. For a while, the Lamar Band recorded assignments on this software. I am excited to use this again. For now, I just want every Lamar Band student to sign up and set up their account. It is a lot of fun. For instance, you can pick a piece of music you like, and often it is available for you to play it and have the other band parts playing along with you. I assigned Bayou Breakdown for fun already. It also has MANY solos on here for you to play and listen to the piano part. Here is the sign up info:
We are going to use the SmartMusic software for the class Lamar HS Band.
In order to use the software, you need to create a SmartMusic account and join the class using this code: R2ZYT-HNMLY.
- Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
- When prompted for a class code, please enter:
Thank you, and I look forward to helping you improve your practice with SmartMusic!
Student Leadership Courses – There is a great online student leadership course that is now available free. I signed up the Lamar Band and the first day will be Monday. I will send an email and Band App message with the content. ALL band members are encouraged to participate in this course. It will be valuable information for any students interested in leadership auditions for the fall. https://www.leaderoftheband.org/
Get Exercise – Since we get PE credit in marching band, I think it is important for us to work on our physical health as a band. Mr. Riley will be sharing some ideas in the near future. Most likely it will be on the Band App.
Communication – We will continue to communicate with Remind and the Band App. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will also be good sources of info. I always retweet important info from AISD, Lamar, City of Arlington, and Tarrant County on my Lamar Viking twitter account.
Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.
Quote of the Week – “There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.” – James Carroll
Communication & Social Media
Email contacts – Alan Lang email@example.com | Kolby Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org | Zack Riley email@example.com | Midori Eng firstname.lastname@example.org
Band room phone: (682) 867-7006
Facebook: Lamar Viking Band
Twitter: @VikingBand (general band) | @AlanLangLHS (Mr. Lang)
Band App – We are encouraging students and parents to join the Band App https://band.us/n/abaa28ofT5zcr
This is a great way for us to communicate as a supplement to the Remind app. Keep notifications on for both app services.
Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar
For information or to contact the booster club, email email@example.com