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Music Education Services (MES) provides comprehensive band programs to elementary schools.  

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October, 2014
Dear Band Parent,
Welcome to the Music Education Services family! Throughout the year you will be receiving communications from Music Education Services. You will receive one monthly newsletter and others concerning upcoming events. We will also be sending you tips to encourage practicing, monthly research facts, and other important information about the program. 


This year, Music Education Services is providing band programs to 110 schools and has enrolled almost 2,400 students. We are also pleased to welcome our new teacher, Ms. Jeanette Krier!
Thank you for your support and for making instrumental music education possible! If you should ever have any questions or concerns with band, please feel free to contact us. 
Best regards,
Steven A. Nierman 
Music Education Services
(847) 805-1800 
Website Information
Please take the time to visit Click on the "My Teacher" tab to find your band director's website. It has class schedules, concert information, and more! Have your child check out the "Students" tab for instrument videos and theory games. The "News and Events" tab includes recent newsletters and important dates coming up. 
How to Practice
Just as your child has homework for school, he or she will have band assignments to work on at home. Your child may be required to complete a practice record for the director each week. Because learning an instrument is a skill, it must be practiced at home on a regular basis to succeed. Make sure that you know your director's requirements for home practice and work to fit a practice routine into your child's daily schedule. Here are some tips to help you get started...
1. Find a regular place for your child to practice, away from distractions. Make sure they are either standing up or seated in a supportive chair, and that they are using a music stand to hold their music at a comfortable level. 
2. The practice routine should start with warm up tones or scales(rudiments for percussion). After warming up, students should then go over book assignments. Each assigned line in the book should be played SEVERAL times in order to improve. 
3. After book assignments, students should go over performance pieces. Most intermediate and advanced band members have sheet music to work on for their concerts. Students should find and play through difficult passages SEVERAL times until they can be played effortlessly. 
4. If your child is having difficulty identifying note names, help them write note names in their book TEMPORARILY. Note names should be erased as the child improves. You could also try making "music flash cards" to help your child identify notes. 
Click HERE to view more practice tips and ideas! 
What to Bring to Class
In order for your child to get the most out of band class, he or she must be prepared. Your child's director will have specific requirements on what the students need for class, (check your child's band folder for notes on this) but in general, all students should bring the following materials EACH DAY for band lessons:


1. Band Instrument
2. Band folder, which includes the student's lesson book and any sheet music distributed     by the director
3. A pencil
4. A music stand, if necessary


Although this may sound logical, it is amazing how many students will forget one or more of these materials!
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Two Minute Challenge
Most band lessons are 40-45 minutes long, twice a week. However, due to school schedules, some lessons may be shorter. Every minute of band time counts. Make sure your child can carefully set up his or her band instrument and stand (if necessary) in under 2 minutes. Make it a fun challenge for your child ... time them! 
Band Folder
One of the main sources of communication between your child's director and you is through notes sent home. Practice charts, notices of concerts, extra rehearsals, or special events will often be handed out to students in class to take home. Please check his or her band folder and sign practice charts (if applicable) on a weekly basis!
We Want to Know...
If you should have any questions or comments on how the program is going, please let us know. We encourage you to contact your director if you have any questions regarding your child's progress. Contact information is listed below, you can also visit the teacher's page on
If you should have any questions concerning billing or any other matters, please feel free to contact our office at 847.805.1800 or email us at 
Contact Your Director
Kyle Anderson                   847-337-1127
Tim Bennett                          773-824-6725 
Dominic Colonero                 630-222-8878 
Rachel Daum                              708-289-6367 
Tom Foster                                  630-464-0146 
Bob Green                                     708-638-2457 
Teresa Hill                                    630-479-3532 
Mary Knudsen                       847-902-8400
Jeanette Krier                             224-420-0495
John Mose                               630-267-2284 
Mark Nelson                                815-979-3087 
Justin Past                                         847-691-9302  
Samantha Scholl                       815-441-0675 
Charles Shapera                             847-338-5789 
Robert Slater                          847-946-0088 
Madonna Swenson                    312-518-4330 
Andrew Szymanski                             630-373-2920 
Kim Taube                                    847-400-4231

Monthly Music Fact
U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show "significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12."
- U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database
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