"A Publication of the Miami Dade County Public Schools Division"
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! MUSIC WAVES 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 email@example.com 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 Young Adult 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. SEPTEMBER CALENDAR 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 10:00 a.m. 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 4:30 p.m. 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 Associate Superintendent Management Operations