For the week of February 27th
First and Second Year Students
- Regularly scheduled will resume this week (following holiday weekend)
- 1st Year drummers have earned the privilege to use school owned drums after the winter break
Musical Enrichment Opportunities
Support music in our district. The Upper Moreland High School Jazz Festival will be held Friday, February 24 starting at 5:30 PM in the UMHS auditorium. Our district jazz bands (MS exhibition starts around 7:30) will perform in exhibition while 11 visiting bands will compete for award recognition. Tickets will also be sold at the door at $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Hope to see you there!
Monday..............................Gold String Ensemble
Friday.................................Gold String Ensemble
ALL Students should bring the following to each lesson:
- Lesson Book
- 1 inch 3 ring binder (no filler paper)
Qualifying for a Performing Ensemble
The required skills/standards are as follows:
All students must be able to proficiently (independently)
_____ Demonstrate self-control and appropriate listening
_____ Demonstrate proper
developing technique. (Instrument hold, sitting/standing position, posture)
a quality developing characteristic tone for the following*:
*Winds: Play five pitches/notes (the first
five taught pitches).
*Percussion: Play quarter, eighth note values.
Count quarter, half, whole rest durations.
*Strings: Play D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D. Open
G and E strings.
the mentioned pitches using quarter, half, whole value durations.
independent playing skills for a large group setting through duets.
_____ Maintain a steady beat.
In an Effort to "Go Green"
We will post announcements and needed paperwork (i.e.- rehearsal calendars, lesson rotation calendars, emergency announcements) on our UMIS "Music Bulletin Board" Web-page. We suggest that you copy and paste the above link for a direct link to this page. We urge you to book mark this page and check it on a weekly basis (Sundays are best) so you can stay best informed. We will update the bulletin board on Fridays and occasionally on Sunday evenings. You will be able to check the bulletin board for rehearsal cancellations in the event of inclement weather. By keeping in touch with the "Music Bulletin Board," you and your child will be well informed and up to date.
State Law prohibits large instruments: Baritone Horn, Percussion Learning Kits (Drums), French Horns, Bass, Cellos, and Tubas on school buses. Instruments that can safely rest on a student’s lap will be permitted. Be aware that parents/guardians will be responsible for the transportation of larger instruments. In most instances, with the exception of drums, U.M.I.S. can accommodate transportation conflicts by providing a “back-up” instrument for in-school use. It will be the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to transport drums ("PLK") to and from school on lesson days. In extenuating circumstances, special arrangements can be made for drum pick-up/drop-off. Parents/Guardians are advised to take this information into consideration in the instrument selection process.
Students' weekly assignments are notated on their weekly practice log
Please monitor students' practice habits and sign the log prior to their lesson
Practice logs should remain in the binder for the entire year