Musicking: To music is to take part, in any capacity, in a musical performance, whether by performing, by listening, by rehearsing or practicing, by composing, or by dancing.”-Christopher SmallNOTE: Website was updated on 8/29/23Preamble:Music epitomizes man's capacity for creativity and is an essential part of a complete education. The acts of performing, creating, and responding to music are fundamental processes that humans engage in to connect historically, culturally and socially.Want to learn more:
Go to www.bepartofthemusic.org for more info.Mission Statement:The mission of Music Education in the MSBSD is to provide meaningful musical experiences for our community through performance, education and advocacy.About Us:Our job is to ensure that students receive high level instruction encompassing the many facets of music taught by a highly qualified professional musician and educator. With a strong foundation in music appreciation and literacy we hope to help students develop a lifelong love of the arts.FYI Facts about Music:In an average 10 minute marching band show, there are a staggering 1 MILLION individual choices and responsibilities on the members for a single performance. Each one helps develop teamwork and skills that impact everyone else on the field. Colleges are aware of the demands and view participation in band as a strong indicator of future success. Music students are often given preference for admission and scholarships colleges, including the Ivy League schools.-National Association of Music Parents.Creativity is always an asset when it comes to college applications. Students active in creative arts, like music, drama and visual arts tend to be open-minded, eccentric and think outside of the box. These qualities add to campus life, which is a bonus in the eyes of a college admissions officers. - Impressive Extracurricular.Basic music structure forMat-Su SD:Elementary musicK-5th grade General musicElementary Choir ensembleExploratory Band (give studentsbasic band experience)Extra music experiences can be:recorder grouppercussion groupsstring groupukulele groupEach school has different offerings.Middle School musicBeginning Band (start-up band)Intermediate Band (studentswith a couple yearsexperience)Choir EnsembleJazz BandExtra music experiences can be:Orchestra ensemblePercussion classGuitar classTheater classJazz ChoirSolo/Ensemble GroupsEach school has different offerings.High School musicConcert BandSymphonic BandPercussion ClassMixed ChoirWomen or Men ChoirDrama/Theater ClassJazz BandExtra music experiences can be:Guitar/Ukulele ClassOrchestra ClassMarching Band/FlagJazz ChoirPiano Lab ClassPep BandTheater/Pit OrchestraEach school has different offerings.NOTE to all Mat-Su families. This page is for families to get a basic idea of what we do in the Mat-Su. Our hope is that we will try to keep information updated, but things probably will change. Please contact your child's music teacher if you have questions or concerns about these events.Some 2023-2024 district music event dates (these are somewhat estimates):Colony HS Marching Band Invitation (Saturday, Sept 23, 2023)All State Concert/Festival (Nov 16-18?)HS Honor Band/Choir and Secondary District Honor Orchestra auditions need to be uploaded by Dec. 20, 2023Elementary/MS Solo/Ensemble Festival at CMS (Feb. 23)Secondary Honor Festival at CMS/CHS (March 28-29)Region III HS Solo/Ensemble event at WHS (April 9 )Elementary Honor Festival (April 25)ASAA State HS Solo/Ensemble Festival (at UAA) (May 10-11, 2024?).These events are still in flex on dates, but they should be fairly close.Festival Coordinator & District Liaison:Jamin BurtonColony High SchoolPhone: 907-861-5584Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHigh School Representative:Jamin BurtonColony High SchoolPhone: 907-861-5584Email: email@example.comMiddle School Representative:Toby LambertColony MiddlePhone: 907-761-1517Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgElementary School Representative:Chrissy HardmanBig Lake ElementaryPhone: 892-9743Email: email@example.com
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