Squeak and Squawk recap and other news..

Hello again,

 Thank you to everyone that made it out to our Squeak and Squawk night and Open House last night. A big congratulations to all performers last night firstly the solos and duets on various instruments from piano, ukelele to guitar and solo voice and secondly to all ensembles but especially our beginner band students who showed they learned lots in an hour and half. All three ensembles set strong performing markers with very little preparation which bodes well for an exciting year.  For those of you that didn’t manage to make it or didn’t pick up our monthly newsletter (Preludes) last night, I have attached a copy.
Please read on below for some important news items for the coming weeks:

  • Next weeks Monday rehearsal is a Senior only Band RetreatThere is no Intermediate Winds or Jazz Band rehearsals next week (OCTOBER 5th). Regular rehearsals will resume on the 19th of October. The senior retreat will be held in Allan – All seniors will get on busses as normal. Clavet Seniors will be picked up between 3:30-3:45 by the Aberdeen bus. Students will be returned to their home schools at the regular rehearsal time and will be fed in Allan.
  • Check the blogsite for updates over the next couple of weeks. We have had issues logging on to the server but please look out for the following appearing soon:
  1. All student age groups will have weekly practice assignments and coursework due posted on the site under the “About” tab. This should inform both the students and parents/guardians as to what work has been set in class and serve as a recap.
  2. Rehearsal notes will also be posted after each rehearsal which gives students feedback on each rehearsal, recaps talking points and addresses individual instrument sections for areas to improve.
  3.  We are working on a built in mailing list on the website that will notify subscribers of page updates and band news. The software is ready to go but it needs installing.
  • Dave Carter – Coordinator of Schools and Learning was present at Clavet to address parents on the future direction and growth of music education in Prairie Spirit School Division. Here are the highlights of his speech.
                 – We are excited to continue offering Band instruction in our schools.
                – We are also excited to now have some stability and consistency in our programs.
              – We do however want input from parents and students on their visions of music education and in ways to both make the program more efficient and to grow the existing programs further.
 Dave is encouraging all parents forward any ideas to him, or if you have any questions, contact him at dave.carter@spiritsd.ca Your input is vital to maintain the growth of music education.
  • Beginning Instruments – Any Parents or Students still needing an instrument are again encouraged to Contact Mr. Ward or Mr. Martin to let them know so we can help in anyway possible. All beginner classes will be involving instruments from here forward. Check your schedules (on the schedules tab) to know when to bring your music, instruments, pencils etc. 

         Below are a couple of ideas to help students starting out:

        – Use the method book DVD – there are videos and examples of how to set up your instrument and how to make your first sounds

        – Use the fingering charts in the front of the book to find which notes relate to which fingering

        –  Have the students test themselves on note name recognition and fingering using flash cards (found online) – http://www.makingmusicfun.net/htm/f_printit_lesson_resources/flash-cards-tc.htm  


– You can see a copy of Anna Shearer (from Allans) Piano composition that she wrote and performed last night, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGJM2I7kMTQ 

Thank you again for your support: 

Will Martin                           AJ Ward                      Amy Klippenstein