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    Ms. C. Sousa

  • Christmas Concert Information!

    It's hard to believe that it's already Winter Concert time already. The kids have been working very hard on their concert repertoire and looking forward to showing you how far they've come over the past 3 months. Here is some info regarding the evening...

    • Concert will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, December 13th in the NSMS gym.

    • Kids are expected to be in concert dress (plain white tops and black bottoms) and at the school by 6:30pm.

    • Band 6 & 7 students will be warming up in the music room.

    • Band 8 students will be warming up in the MPR and their cases can be left there during the concert.

    • Students will be seated in their ensembles for the length of the concert.

    Here is the Winter Concert program:

    Band 6

    Good King Wenceslas

    Jolly Old St. Nicholas

    Jingle Bells

    Band 7

    It's Holiday Time!

    Sounds of Christmas

    Band 8

    Santa's Rockin' Holiday Mix

    As Twilight Falls

    A Christmas Couplet

    With Special Performances from the Grade 8 musicians and the NSMS Dancers!

    *Concert will likely run until 8pm

    Any questions can be directed to me at

    Looking forward to a great evening of music!

    • 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. Over the last few weeks, 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 THREE 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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