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Mr Lanny Anderson

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

4TH GRADE BAND   

                                      

I have reformatted the "Instruments for Sale" page  so you should be able to open it now. Click on the link at the bottom. Sorry for the confusion!

 

Dear Parents, 8/29/17


Each year at this time, a new group of students eagerly wait their turn to join our band program.  The study of music can be one of the most valuable steps in your child’s education.  In addition to learning how to play a musical instrument, the band program teaches teamwork, self-discipline and self-esteem.  Statistics show that young people who participate in music are among the academically strongest in their schools.  Recent research indicates that studying music makes you smarter.

 

Students who plan to be involved in other school activities can still participate in, and benefit from, participation in band.  I know this opportunity comes at a time when your child has many activities to choose from.  I want to encourage you to consider the school music program as a long-term commitment.  The life-long benefits your child receives will far outweigh the short-term investment.  There will be a meeting for parents and students on Thursday, September 21 at 7pm at the Mary of Lourdes Elementary Cafeteria.

 

A representative from Eckroth Music will be present, and it will be possible to rent/lease a band instrument at a very reasonable price.  If you are interested in enrolling your child in band, I urge your attendance at this meeting, as band lessons will begin on about the 1st week of October. If you already have an instrument, please have your child bring it along to the meeting or show it to me before the first day of Band class, so that we can be sure it is suitable and in good condition.

During the second week of school, fourth graders will begin sampling the band instruments to help them decide which one is best for them to play.  Attached to this letter you will find;

*Beginning band information

*Instrument selection considerations

Total costs vary with the brand and type of instrument purchased.

I hope you agree with my belief and that of many educators throughout the country, that every child should have the chance to learn and participate in music.  I look forward to working with your child!

Feel free to call me if you have questions.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Anderson

Band Director

632-5408/632-6742

749-2622cell #;360-6392

 

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION FOR BEGINNING BAND

 

*During the first several weeks, the students have individual or small group lessons only, (not the whole band) to get them started.  These weekly lessons last for about 15-20 minutes, and continue throughout the entire school year.

*Around the first part of November, we start meeting as a group three times a week; Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for one half hour, from 8:30-9:00 am.

 

*Playing an instrument can be very enjoyable and rewarding, but it does require commitment.  

Each student is required to practice a minimum of 90 minutes per week.  This comes out to be about 15 minutes per day.  The student’s grade is determined entirely on the amount of practice time they record.  There is a practice record sheet inside their book.

 

*Lesson times will be posted in the 4th grade classrooms.  Other band information and lesson times will be posted on the Mary of Lourdes website: <molschool.org> click on “Elementary School,” then “Elementary Faculty,” then “Mr. Anderson’s page.”

*Please help them succeed by encouraging regular, scheduled practice, and after November 1st remind them to bring their instrument and music every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

 

*All band members must pay MOL a $50 per year fee to help us cover cost of school owned instruments, music, stands, repairs, etc.  You may pay this in 2 payments of $25 if desired.

 

A representative from Eckroth Music of St. Cloud will be here to make instruments available for you to rent or purchase.

This opportunity offers a very reasonable several month trial package for beginners, which I highly recommend.  During and after the trial period, when students are sure which instrument they will continue, is a great time to shop around for alternate instrument purchase deals.  

For instrument pricing, go to http://www.eckroth.com/aeRntSchoolSelect.aspx   You will need to fill in our school information, under “Little Falls Schools”. In addition to that, I have a list of MOL parents and others who have used instruments for sale on my web page, which I keep updating with each request.  <molschool.org>

You may acquire an instrument elsewhere, but be wary of inexpensive, unfamiliar brand names.  It’s a good idea to check with Mr. Anderson before you buy.  

 

Remember;

There will be a meeting for parents and students on Monday, September 18 in the Mary of Lourdes Elementary cafeteria at 7pm.

 

 

 For instrument selection tips please select the link below

 

 

 

 

 

                                                             

                                                                      

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