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January 7 News

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January 7 News
Elisabeth Wagner

Happy New Year!

I know that many people were ecstastic to turn the page of the calendar on January 1, and I don't blame them! However, I'd be lying if I said that 2020 was a horrible year. It brought tremendous blessing to me as I received the opportunity to teach band again. 2020 also brought about the most students in middle school band we've had in about a decade at FVL Schools, and I'm privileged to teach many of them.

2020 has forced us to try new things and to look at teaching a bit differently - creatively, really. But as I look back, it has been absolutely amazing! I am so excited to see where God leads us in 2021!

So, while it was certainly nice to have a bit of a rest, to relax and recharge, and now it's time to get back to "work"!

  1. We resume group band rehearsals THIS COMING Saturday (Jan. 9) and, because of MusicFest at the end of the month, we have rehearsal every Saturday in January (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, and 1/30). If you have a conflict with any of these dates, please let me know so that we can plan accordingly.
  2. Lessons resumed this week. Just a reminder that if your child is home quarantined, you can opt to have a virtual lesson at their normal lesson time, if it works with your schedule. You can find more information on how to make this happen on our website under the Virtual Learning tab of the Band Member News page. If you have questions, again, let Mr. Neujahr or me know!
  3. We have 20 new members of the 1000-Minute Club! They can all claim a prize at rehearsal on Saturday. We also have several who are very close, so I look forward to seeing more in the near future. This is also not the end - we continue to count! Our next goal is 2500 minutes by May 1. If your child has already reached 1000, then they can easily reach the next goal by practicing at least 15 minutes a day, 6 days a week. If they haven't quite reached 1000, well, they can still make it with some effort! So, keep encouraging them to practice! Have them play something for you. Ask them about the songs they're working on and what new skills are in the music assigned for the week. And if you'd like to contribute some small prizes to add to the 1000-Minute Club prize bucket, I'd gladly accept them!
  4. We are still collecting used method books! If your child has any of their old lesson books that they completed - red or blue or something else, we would love to donate them to the Lawrence MelodeeBee book drive so that schools that can't afford lesson books for their students have materials to use. Saturday is the last day we can collect.

Thanks for your continued support! I look forward to working with everyone in the coming year! 

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