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  • General


    Ms. C. Sousa

  • Winter Band Concert

    The Bands have all worked very hard since September. I am very proud of their progress and look forward to making more music in the New Year.

    A huge Thank You to Mr. Caley and his Tech Crew students for filming our pieces, taking the stills of the students, and editing the final product.

    Thank you for your ongoing support of your child, their developing musicianship, and the music program at North Saanich.

    Have a safe and happy holiday season!


    North Saanich Middle School Winter Band Concert - 2020

    Parkland Secondary Winter Music Concert - 2020

    • 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 3-5 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

        November 16 - January 29th schedule

        Mondays @ Lunch (11:55-12:25) - Band 7

        Tuesdays 8:30-9:37 - Band 6 (Blue & Yellow class rotation)

        Wednesdays @ Lunch (11:55-12:25) - Band 8

        Thursdays 8:30-9:37 - Band 7

        Fridays @ Lunch (11:55-12:25) - Band 6 (Blue & Yellow class rotation)

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

        Please email me with any questions or concerns. 

        Cristina Sousa (