Welcome to 5th grade band! I'm so pleased to join the Loomis Elementary Music Team in service to the Loomis area. Learning an instrument is an incredible journey, and I'm so pleased your child has chosen to undertake this endeavor. With consistent practice at home and hard work in the classroom, we will prepare your child for many years of making music and memories.
Band Rehearsal Schedule MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday Ophir Placer Franklin Franklin Placer HCP Loomis Grammar HCP Loomis Grammar Penryn & Ophir
Concerts The Winter Band Concert has been changed from an evening performance on January 22nd to classroom demonstrations. This will allow us to spend some time together at our home schools :)
Thursday, January 24th 8:30-9:15 ~ Franklin & Loomis Basin Charter 1:45-2:30 ~ Loomis Grammar Friday, January 25th 9:30-10:15 ~ Placer 1:45-2:30 ~ Ophir Monday January 28th 11:30-12:00 Penryn Wednesday, January 30th 12:50-1:40 ~ HCP
5th Grade Band Spring Concert ~ May 22nd @ HCP, 6:30 PM
NOTES FROM MR. JACKS 5th Grade Band ~ Heading into our second semester, I'm beginning to see some AMAZING and wonderful things happening in our 5th grade band program. Students are beginning to realize the power of practice, and it's showing! What is now starting to happen is a pretty wide range of skill levels, and that all boils down to that time spent at home on their instruments. I have some students who are ready to move through the rest of their method book in another month, while some students are struggling to retain fingerings/slide positions/mallet placement from our first three notes. With only 45 minutes of instruction twice a week, we truly rely on you, our parents to support your student in creating opportunities for daily practice. Even just requiring 5 minutes a night will help. Fifteen minutes is really the minimum necessary to keep up, and some are spending up to an hour a night, which is driving them far ahead. Parents are often hesitant to require their kids to practice, afraid that will create a dislike for music. It is truly the opposite. If a child doesn't practice, they will not progress on their instrument and will eventually drop out. In other words, we need to help our kids succeed so they can enjoy that success. Thank you SO much for your support at home. It's been a wonderful first few months joining the LUSD family, and it's truly beginning to feel like home :)
If you have any questions or just want to write a positive note, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org :) Thanks so much!