A Publication of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Division of Life Skills, Music Education Program
September, 2004 Volume 10, Issue 2
A GUIDE FOR MUSIC PARENTS
by Robert T. Davis
As we begin the 2004-2005 school year, the Division of Life Skills would like to increase parental
involvement in all of our programs. Research shows that parents who are involved in their son
or daughter’s education rear high-achieving students. Here are some things that parents can do
to get involved:
• Ask your child what he/she did in their music class when he/she
comes home from school. Do not accept “nothing” as an answer.
• Set up a schedule for home practice time and place it on the refrigerator. Have
the young musician check off the date when the practice session was completed.
• Become a booster parent! Help out with fund-raising or chaperoning activities.
• Participate in musical activities as a family. The Division of Life Skills and Special
Projects often advertises free concerts and theatrical events. One especially
enjoyable monthly event is the Sunday Jazz at Riverwalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
It takes place the first Sunday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and
admission is free. (The only expense is parking, which is $5.00 - $7.00)
Bring your dog and a picnic lunch to add to the fun.
• Encourage your son or daughter to read music-related articles in the newspaper.
Discuss the article afterwards.
• Purchase biographies of great musicians for birthday or holiday gifts.
• Purchase CD certificates as a reward for good grades or great performances.
• When you embark on family car trips, share the CD player. Each family member should
have equal time to choose which CD is played. This will broaden their musical interests.
• Provide your child with private music lessons. If you can’t afford it, seek alternatives.
Dade County Music Educators Association (DCMEA) offers scholarships for worthy
students, and JUBILATE offers an after-school program with small group instruction. I
know of a private music teacher who gives lessons to a student for free. In exchange,
the student mows her lawn.
• Attend all of your child’s performances. If you can’t, make certain that another family
member does. (Being raised in a home with four siblings, there were rare occasions
when there were four concerts in one night. My dad went to one, my mom went to
another, and grandparents split up to cover the other two.)
Please share this information with your music parents! If you would like a clean copy for
distribution, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send you a copy as an
attachment. Together, we are truly giving our students the world!
is published monthly for music educators by the
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Division of Life Skills and Special Projects
Lilia Garcia, Administrative Director
Dr. Robert D. Strickland, Executive Director
Robert T. Davis, District Supervisor
James A. Smith, District Supervisor
Mari Soler, Secretary
SAVE THE DATE!
Honoring Betsy at the Garden
Please join us in honoring Betsy H. Kaqplan for dedicating 16 years
to the School Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Sunday, October 24, 2004
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(Open House Reception Style)
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL
RSVP to Marge Okasako
SUGGESTED NOVELS WITH A MUSICAL THEME FOR OUR LITERACY CAMPAIGN
by James A. Smith
In keeping with Superintendent Rudolph F. Crew’s literacy campaign, each issue of MUSIC
WAVES will feature a list of books with music themes recommended for various grade levels.
The books listed below are fiction. They are taken from the Follett Library Media Service.
Future recommendations will include biographies and non-fiction volumes.
Grades K - 3
Isadora, R: Ben’s Trumpet Flowers, A: Cleveland Lee’s Beale St. Band
Grades 3 - 6
England, L: Three Kids Dreamin’ Wasserstein, W: Pamela’s First Musical
Grades 5 - 8
Collier, J: The Jazz Kid O’Conner, B: Beethoven in Paradise
Murray, A: The Seven League Boots Shaham, N: The Rosendorf Quartet
SAVE THESE DATES FOR THE 2004 - 2005 SCHOOL YEAR!
FVA All-State Sightreading test 7-8 September 27
FVA All-State Sightreading test 9-12 September 28
Opera Funtime Workshop October 15
University of Miami Honor Choir October 15
Florida Orchestra Association Fall Workshop October 15
Greater Miami Symphonic Band Concert October 27
FVA All-State Repertoire test 9 - 12 November 1
FVA All-State Repertoire test 7 - 8 November 2
Celebration of Great Bands November 6
ACDA State Convention November 4 - 6
FMEA Clinic/Conference January 5 - 8
FVA District 16 Solo & Ensemble February 11 - 12
FOA District 16 MPA February 15 - 17
FBA Senior Solo & Ensemble February 18 - 19
Grammy in the Schools February 22
FBA Middle Solo & Ensemble February 25 - 26
FOA Solo & Ensemble March 5
FBA District 16 Senior MPA March 10 - 12
FBA District 16 Middle MPA March 14 - 17
FVA District 16 Senior MPA March 15 - 16
FVA District 16 Middle MPA March 17
Youth Fair March 17 - April 3
Spring Break March 21 - 25
Honors Elementary Ensemble Auditions March 14 - 17
Honors Elementary Strings Auditions March 28 - 31
Honors Senior Wind Auditions March 28
Honors Middle Wind Auditions March 29
Honors Senior String Auditions March 31
Honors Middle String Auditions March 30
Honors Senior Chorus Auditions March 30
Honors Middle Chorus Auditions March 31
FOA State MPA April 21 - 22
FVA State MPA May 2 - 7
Honors Concerts April 25 - 29
School Ends June 1
FLORIDA GRAND OPERA INITIATES OPERA SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Florida Grand Opera is pleased to announce a new scholarship/mentoring program called
OperaScholars. Eight high school students will observe rehearsals, receive educational materials,
have the chance to meet with the creative team behind each production, and will complete an
assignment at the end of their tenure with the company. At the completion of the academic year, the
OperaScholars will receive a scholarship of $300.00 to be applied toward their further education.
Please be on the lookout for the application form which will be mailed out the first week of October.
AT A GLANCE
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Tuesday, September 14, 2004
String Workshop I New Music Teacher Seminar
R. R. Moton Elementary School SBAB Annex, #317
Miami Springs Elementary School 4:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, September 10, 2004
Patriot Day Memorial Service
Monday, September 6, 2004 School Board Administration Building Flagpole
Holiday - Labor Day Televised live on WLRN
Wednesday, September 8, 2004
String Workshop I Thursday, September 16, 2004
R. R. Moton Elementary School Teacher Planning Day
Miami Springs Elementary School
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2004
FBA All-State Auditions
Coral Reef Senior High School
Miami-Dade County Public Schools 9:00 a.m.
School Board Members
Monday, September 27, 2004
Dr. Michael M. Krop, Chair FOA All-State Auditions
Dr. Robert B. Ingram, Vice Chair Coral Reef Senior High School
Mr. Agustin J. Barrera Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School
Mr. Frank J. Bolaños 3:00 p.m.
Mr. Frank J. Cobo
Ms. Perla Tabares Hantman Monday, September 27, 2004
Ms. Betsy H. Kaplan FVA All-State Sightreading Test
Dr. Marta Pérez Grades 7, 8
Dr. Solomon C. Stinson Westminster Christian School
Rudolph F. Crew, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools Tuesday, September 28, 2004
FVA All-State Sightreading Test
Ms. Mercedes Toural Grades 9 - 12
Deputy Superintendent Westminster Christian School
Curriculum and Instruction 3:00 p.m.
Mr. Ronald K. Felton