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November, 2014
Dear Band Parent,
 
The Thanksgiving season serves as a strong reminder that we have much to be thankful for in our music program. Thank you to our school principals and staff for allowing us to share our love of music in your school. Thank you to the parents for giving us the opportunity to work with your children. We appreciate your encouragement and support. Lastly, we must extend thanks to our students for their efforts. Music does make a difference. It is truly a privilege to work with the leaders of tomorrow. 
 
With gratitude,
 
Steven A. Nierman
President
Music Education Services
847-805-1800
Upcoming Concerts
 
Throughout the month of December all of our school's band programs will be preparing and performing concerts. It is always wonderful to hear how the culmination of all of the students' hard work results in a successful concert. We hope that you have the chance to attend.

Most schools will have an evening concert for parents and friends. Some schools may have an in-school concert for all or parts of the student body. Directors may combine a number of schools together to form a large group ensemble. Although it may seem inconvenient to travel to a different school, there are tremendous benefits for the students to hear the music as a full band. Some of the benefits include a boost in confidence, covering more parts, performing in a new space, and collaborating with other area students to build new friendships. 

 
You will be surprised to hear how far the Beginners have come since they started in September.  The Intermediate and Advanced students will impress you with their abilities and musical talents.

Save the Date
Every year, Music Education Services sponsors a Solo and Ensemble Festival for its students. This is an opportunity for band students at all levels to learn a piece of music over a period of time and perform it in front of a judge for a score. This is a great chance to study a piece of music in depth and perform it with a piano accompanist for a judge's rating! It is an extremely rewarding experience as it teaches long-term goals and independent performance! It's also a lot of fun! All students receive a medal(gold, silver or bronze) based on their performance. You will be receiving a sign-up letter in the mail from MES regarding this year's Festival after the first of the year.
 
Saturday March 7, 2015:
  • Northwest Suburban @ St. Peter Lutheran in Schaumburg
  • North & Far Northwest Suburban @ Frassati Catholic Academy in Wauconda
  • Southwest Suburban & South Side @ Trinity Lutheran School in Tinley Park
Saturday March 14, 2015:
  • North Chicago & Near North/Northwest Suburban @ St. Philip Lutheran School in Chicago
  • Rockford Area @ St. Bridget Catholic School in Rockford
Instrument Care
In addition to learning how to play, your child needs to take responsibility for the maintenance of their instrument. Band instruments are a sizable investment and they all need periodic care to keep them working properly. Some things need to be done frequently, while others only need to be done occasionally. Click on the links below to find out more information on your child's specific instrument: 
Reed Care
If your child plays the clarinet or saxophone, you will need to keep them well stocked with good quality reeds. Reeds are made of cane and are fragile. Click here to find out more!
Concerts at Home
The holidays are right around the corner, and for many, this means additional gatherings
Two Studentsof family & friends. Use this time to allow your child to share their musical ability with others! Have your child give a private concert for your family and friends at home. This is additional practice for them, but also allows them to get comfortable playing in front of others. Students should have or will soon receive concert music from their director. They can also play music from their book, which also has festive tunes for the holiday season!
Practice, Practice, Practice
Have you visited the parent portion of our webpage? We offer many tips on how you can help your child practice. Here is just one of the articles that we would like to share with you! If you are struggling to help or motivate your child to practice, contact your director for more ideas specific to your child! 
Monthly Music Fact
In a 1999 Columbia University study, students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident, and better able to express their ideas. These benefits exist across socioeconomic levels. 
-The Arts Music Partnership, 1999.
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1041 Bonaventure Drive
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