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					     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 rdavis1@dadeschools.net, 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
                               mokasako@dadeschools.net


   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

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           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