Hello HCMS family,
I created this opening page to let you know that I will be doing my absloute best to teach band and orchestra both in person and online. The way band and orchestra must be taught will look very different than they have in the past. All materials will be available via Google Classroom. There will be no physical copies of anything distributed, including sheet music. I will not be able to sell students items such as reeds, valve oil, and rosin. These consumable items are the responsibility of each student to obtain if needed. The best thing a band or orchestra student can do is practice about 20 to 30 minutes per day. With practice they will experience the most musical and academic gains. All students are encouraged to send me videos or photos of them practicing, but this is not mandatory. If you have any questions, please email me and I will get right back to you as soon as I can. I will be checking my email several times a day until 4:00p.m.
If you are a 7th or 8th grade BAND student who was using a school owned instrument last year and you need an instrument this year then I'd like to issue it to you to take home until the RONA is gone. If you're available, I will be at HCMS next Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. I'll also be here today until 4:00 p.m. if you want to visit. If you'd like to make an appointment with me then please email me back to make arrangements so we can avoid having more than one family in here at one time.
6th Grade BAND will be handled differently. I will let you know what's up during the first week of school.
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade ORCHESTRA will be able to play their instruments in class since we don't blow through them. I will be able to issue school owned instruments during class so there is no need to come in before school starts. 6th graders and their parents should check out my school website for information on how to rent an instrument from Edward's Music.
If you want to play violin, viola, cello, or bass then you belong in orchestra.
If you want to play flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, or percussion then you belong in band. If you are in the wrong class then please email me and I will take care of it. Please do not contact the school office since they are very, very busy. It's easier if I take care of it for you!