Hello LMS Band parents/students:
Items to note this week, June 11 – June 15:
•Well, we have come to the end of another fantastic year of musical growth! There were so many amazing performances that I can’t even count them all. I wanted to say thank you to the students and parents for the hard work and support over the past year and please know that I appreciate you all. This is my last weekly email until next year. It is my hope that all of you continue to practice for fun and keep “Parade America” and “Power of Love” memorized for the Lentil Parade. It would be super cool if all of you could get in on some private lessons through the music stores or through the Universities. This will help our band in the long run and will ensure that we hit the ground running in the Fall.
•If you are renting an instrument through the school, please make sure it is back to Mr. Covill on Monday, June 11! Thank you.
•Lentil Parade – Once I receive information about the parade, I will email everyone (and post it on our music website) with rehearsal times and performance time/number for the parade.
June 11-12 – Musical Analysis in Popular Cinema – All grades, no instruments
Keep up to date on what’s happening with the LMS Bands – Facebook and Twitter are mainly tools for parents to use to keep up with us while on the go! We’ve done it – we have over 250 likes on Facebook. Please let people know about our page for information pertaining to the program and let’s try to get over 300 likes.
Thank you for all of your support of the LMS Bands this year!
Why Should I Practice?
Because when you have the courage to get your instrument, assemble it, and go, you are cultivating the emotional skills of the “can do” person.
Because when you learn to encounter each challenge you face in your music with a nonjudgmental, gentle willingness to try again, you learn how to strive in a positive way.
Because the awareness that you cultivate when playing your instrument keeps you connected to your body, emotions, and thought processes, which is an awareness that — if cultivated — can lead to great understanding of one’s self. This process can be painful. However, that pain does not compare to the pain of reaching the end of your life, only to realize that you never really understood yourself, that you never really lived authentically.
Because in music there is a great capacity to cultivate self-love and discipline, a powerful combination. Through our instrument we are teaching ourselves to love ourselves, and this is hard work, but worth it.
Because all that you learn when learning an instrument, if you are really paying attention, also teaches you how to be a better human being, how to appreciate and live life fully. So, even if you quit playing some day, you are still all the richer for your experience.
Because when you make yourself vulnerable enough to perform for other people, you expand your ability to feel the full range of human emotion, you learn what it really means to be alive as a human being.
Because when you share music with others, you remind them that there is something untouchable, ungraspable about being alive, that there are forces beyond our capacity to comprehend, and getting a glimpse of that mystery is a beautiful thing.