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    Ms. C. Sousa

  • 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

      2020-2021 Morning Rehearsal Schedule - 8:30-9:37

      Mondays & Thursdays: Band 7 (beginning the week of September 28th)

      Tuesdays & Fridays: Band 6 (class rotation schedule emailed home)

      Wednesday: Band 8 (first class on September 23rd)

      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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