Dear student and family,
What an amazing opportunity it is to play in the band! While learning to play an instrument is challenging and requires a lot of work, it is also tremendously rewarding and fun. One of the goals that I have have for students in the LCMS Band is that we will be a family - a group of friends who are supportive of each other through thick and thin. I look forward to spending time with each student in this band family during the year.
If you are on the fence - not sure whether you should join the band - then I want to encourage you to give it a try. You will make friends and have opportunities that you never would have had otherwise. And (Fun Fact) kids who are consistently involved in instrumental music during middle and high school show "significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12" (U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database). How's that for multitasking? Making friends, learning a new skill, and improving your math skills! I've met lots of adults who have said to me, "I wish I had learned to play an instrument when I was younger," but I have never, ever heard anyone say, "Boy, learning how to play the play the trumpet was a huge mistake." And that's because you can't go wrong with expanding your horizons and learning new things.
For parents who are interested in my background: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts in Teaching, as well as being National Board Certified in Early/Middle Childhood Music, and have been teaching in Lincoln County since 2005. For fun I enjoy reading, listening to music, and running or hiking. My husband and I like to travel with our two children, who are fourteen and twelve.
Come into my classroom ready to work, learn, and make music. Let's use music every day to become college and career ready!