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    Ms. C. Sousa

  • Spring Concert! (For Bands 7 & 8)

    The end of the year is fast approaching and the Band 7 class is continuing to prepare for the final Spring Concert.

    This year the concert will be held in the Parkland Theatre on Thursday, June 6th at 7pm.

    They will be performing with the Grade 8 band. Since we're getting closer, it's important that both classes are able to rehearse together before next week's performance. This week the Band 7 kids are still working on their small ensemble assignments, so rehearsals will run normally. Next week, however, I am ADDING an extra morning rehearsal on Wednesday, June 5th at 8:30-9:38. This way the Band 7 class can combine with the Band 8 class. 

    Band 7 will also play on the morning of Thursday, June 6th as usual. The Band 8 class will join them.

    Students are asked to get to Parkland on concert night for 6:30pm dressed in Concert Blacks.

    Admission is by donation that evening with all proceeds benefiting both our music programs. :)

    Thank you for your continued support this year. We look forward to showing you how far we've come!


    • For Parents - Practicing at Home

      Hello, Band Parents!

      Sometimes I have parents ask what they can do to help support their child in band. The biggest, and most important, thing I can suggest is to have them teach you what they have learned in class so far. The Band 6 students have learned the names of the lines and spaces, how many counts a whole note, half note, and quarter note gets, and fingerings/positions for at least SEVEN notes. This is huge! Ask them, while it's still early, to show you those notes, tell you what the names of the lines and spaces are, recite the musical alphabet, point to a whole note, half note, or quarter note on the page, and even show YOU how to make a sound on their instrument.

      The most important thing at this crucial stage is repetition. Practice doesn't have to be long, but it does have to be efficient. FIVE minutes of efficient practicing is more useful and beneficial than 20 minutes of unfocused "practice".

      If you have any questions about what else you can do at home, please don't hesitate to contact me!

      Cristina Sousa (

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        Rehearsal Schedule

        Morning Rehearsal Schedule - 8:30-9:38

        Mondays & Thursdays: Band 7

        Tuesdays & Fridays: Band 6

        Wednesday: Band 8

        Band 8 will also rehearse on alternating Tuesday and Thursday in Block 4.

        Please email me with any questions or concerns. 

        Cristina Sousa (

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