Monday Mustang Memo
Week 5: September 21-27, 2020
Band Onboarding - Fees due Wednesday, September 30th
To pay band fees, first complete the Onboarding forms to determine how much you owe. A confirmation email is sent with your total after the forms are submitted.
To pay band fees online, visit www.cain.band/online-payment
Canvas modules and assignments are now in full swing!
In order to access each week's content and assignments:
- Log on to Canvas
- Select "Beginning Band" in the courses menu
- On the homepage, click the instrument, which will re-direct you to the current week's module
- View the module content and complete any necessary assignments
Percussion students have been invited to a separate course better tailored for their class.
Content is typically posted Monday or Tuesday of each week.
We are still tweaking our Canvas, so we appreciate your continued patience and flexibility! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's band teacher.
First Assignments now due!
Our first two band assignments were due this past Sunday, September 20th via Canvas:
- Instrument and Supplies Check - students must take a picture(s) of their instrument and supplies and upload them to the related assignment in Canvas
- First Sounds Video - students must record a short video of them playing on their 'mini-instrument'
These assignments will be the first test grades for your child in the nine-weeks. If your child has not submitted these assignments, please make sure they do so today!
Remote Learners: We STRONGLY encourage Private Lessons
Starting a band instrument remotely with asynchronous learning modules in Canvas is less than ideal, and may create challenges for your student.
Therefore, we strongly encourage all of our students, ESPECIALLY Remote students, to enroll in virtual private lessons.
Private lessons are one of the cornerstones of the Cain Middle School band program. The band staff has assembled a fantastic staff of private lesson instructors for your child fully vetted by the district. Private lessons offer your child a unique experience that he or she cannot receive in a regular classroom setting.
If you choose to participate in the program, your son or daughter will meet with a private instrumental specialist once a week via Zoom at an arranged time. Lessons are a minimum of 30 minutes each (but can go longer or more frequently if desired,) and happen outside of the school day (for now.) During this time, your student will have 100% of the instructor’s attention.
These lessons will be geared toward helping your son or daughter become a truly great musician by teaching them how to improve their musical skills. While we as a band staff strive to work with each student regularly, we are limited because of class size and time. Private lessons are essential and they greatly contribute to a student’s musical success.
To be perfectly blunt, the band staff will do our absolute best to provide as many resources, videos, and content via Canvas as possible. However, we are stretched incredibly thin due to the size of our program, the number of campuses we cover, and the current Remote/In-Person setup due to the pandemic. Lessons are the only way to guarantee your child will get the live, one-on-one attention they need to be successful in this critical first year of band.
While we are exploring live 'tutoring' options for our Remote students, Private Lessons are still 10x better!
Lessons cost $19 per lesson for 30 minutes, and there is financial aid available.
To sign up, click the button below! If you are in need of financial aid, please complete the application by visiting www.cain.band/scholarship
Join our Remind Text Alerts!
Amy Parks / Linda Lyon / Pullen - Text @cmsband6sz to 81010 or visit https://www.remind.com/join/cmsband6sz
Rochell / Springer - Text @cmsband6nz to 81010 or visit https://www.remind.com/join/cmsband6nz
Add our Office Number to your Contacts!
To reduce our phone calls from being automatically blocked or filtered by your smartphone, please add our band office number to your contacts:
This memo is for all 7th and 8th grade band parents and suporters!