Dear Parents, Guardians, Friends, and Families,
I hope you are healthy and taking all precautions to keep everyone out of harm’s way.
The unprecedented and abrupt closure of school has left everyone, teachers included, with more questions than we have answers. The situation is fluid and changing day by day, but rest assured that we are working hard to continue your child’s education (music and otherwise) with as little disruption as possible.
As our school and district work their way through the uncertainty, please know that I will continue to communicate information, not just as it relates to our program, but as it relates to the entire school community. We know that our program has long been a trusted source of information, and we promise to honor that trust moving forward.
As we work through the complexities of an online instructional world, I hope that you will take some time every day to create or listen to some music each and every day. Music has been shown to lower stress and anxiety levels, and if there is EVER a time when we need our stress levels reduced, it is now!
Lastly, you have all heard me say that our program is more than a class — it’s a family. And families help one another. If there is anything I can do to be of service during these difficult times, I stand ready, able, and willing.
Hang in there, and if possible, remind your child to practice every once in a while. If nothing else, it will get them out from under your feet and off electronics for a little while.
Stay safe, and I will be in touch as more information becomes available.
Lamar Band Classes – On April 20th, the band will start up again! We will have our first recording assignment announced on that day. Make sure you have Smart Music and your instrument. We will also be announcing the marching band show and sending out music. We already have the percussion parts for the first minute of the show! You will be getting a LOT of information in the next few days regarding the class schedule and how things will work starting on the 13th. Until we officially are allowed to assign homework for band classes, just play your instrument and enjoy music.
Instrument Pick Up #2 – This is the final opportunity to pick up instruments. Next Monday April 13th from 3:00pm-4:30pm at the MAIN OFFICE at LHS. You must fill out this information or you will not receive your instrument. https://forms.gle/sFA9NZwu7FRCuZjS7
The Resource for AISD During Closure
All news and updates – www.aisd.net/coronavirus
All online learning – www.aisd.net/athomelearning
Smart Music – On April 20th, we will have some assignments from Smart Music. In the meantime, please set up your account. Play around with it. There are tutorials or just ask a director.
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: R2ZYT-HNMLY
Online Leadership Courses – There are MANY online student leadership opportunities being offered for free by excellent organizations. The course we are primarily using is Leadership University. I am sending a new unit every MWF. These are videos followed by a little google worksheet. I encourage ALL students to participate. Once online music education begins in AISD on April 20th, this will be the leadership training for our audition process. I encourage students to get an early start if they don’t get too busy with other homework next week. These courses are posted in the Band App.
There are a couple of other really great opportunities focused more on drum majors. Anybody that thinks they might want to be a drum major one day should check them out. All info is on this new page…
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 – I thought I’d mix it up. I saw this poem on my aunt’s facebook. Though it was cool, I decided to fact check on Snopes.com. Social media recently said it was written by Kathleen O’Mara in 1869 and published during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. It was actually written this past March by Catherine M. O’Meara.
“And the people stayed home.
And they read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
– Catherine M. O’Meara
Communication & Social Media
Email contacts – Alan Lang firstname.lastname@example.org | Kolby Kelly email@example.com | Zack Riley firstname.lastname@example.org | Midori Eng email@example.com
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.
Blog – https://lamarbandnews.wordpress.com
Calendar – http://www.lamarmusic.org/calendar
For information or to contact the booster club, email firstname.lastname@example.org