Music and Tech Notes – December 12

Like many I’m shocked that we’ve just about reached Winter Break. It feels like the first day of school was just last week. We’ve had an exciting time in the music room and tech room so far this year. 5th grade tech has welcomed a Reed College Computer Science outreach program that’s brought lessons in logic, sorting and binary. Both in 4th and 5th grade tech we’ve been working with the possibilities in the Scratch coding language.

5th grade band is going strong this year with 45 students participating. So many in fact that I’m not sure we can all fit in the music room at the same time! I’ll be sending out an email to all band families with an update to the schedule that will take place after winter break.

Both the 3rd Grade Recorder Club and The Boomin Beats have reached their registration capacity. I will leave the registration open until the end of the week for those wishing to be on the waitlist. You can find info and a registration link for both groups here:
Recorder –
Boomin’ Beats –

Have a great winter break, and I will see you all in the new year.


Music & Tech Notes – October 9

Next week, October 16th, starts 5th grade band, and I couldn’t be more excited! Below is the schedule. At this first practice student will be assigned an instrument, given a rental contract, and shown the basic care for and playing of their specific instrument.

Monday 3:00 -4:00 PM – Flute
Tuesday 3:00 -4:00 PM – Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
Wednesday 3:00 -4:00 PM – Trombone
Thursday 12:20-12:50 PM – Percussion
Thursday 3:00 -4:00 PM – Trumpet

Music & Tech Notes – September 25

Just a quick note this week about 5th Grade Band registration. I couldn’t be more please with the interest in the Lewis band this year. The registration form has been active for only 5 days and already 34 students have signed up! This might be a new record! Most instruments are getting good interest, but as of right now we don’t have anyone signed up for percussion. I will be closing registration by this Friday, September 29th, so if you are in 5th grade and want to participate in this year’s Lewis Band, please sign up; especially you young budding percussionists.
You can learn more and register at my blog:

Music & Tech Notes – September 18

We are into the fourth week of school, and it feels like things are humming along nicely.
If you have a 5th grader, hopefully they’ve been talking to you about the Lewis Band. Band is one of two after school musical groups that 5th graders can sign up to join. By Thursday, I will have demonstrated the selection of instruments students can learn to play,- flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion. The online sign up will go live on Friday. Just go to my blog and follow the links for 5th Grade Band. Here’s the url

This Tuesday is Lewis’ Back to School Night. Come in and say hello, I’d love to see you.

Music & Tech Notes – September 5

I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer break. While I do enjoy summer, I am excited and happy to start another school year at Lewis. I’ve been able to meet all classes except the new Kindergarteners, but I think by the time you are reading this I will have meet most of them too.

I know there are questions out there about Band, Recorder Club and Boomin’ Beats. Rest assured nothing has started up yet as we are still getting our bearing on this new school year. 5th Grade Band will be the first to start up, and that will take place in October. I will first talk with all the 5th grade students during general music classes about instrument possibilities, dates for rehearsal and our end of year performance schedule.

I will post all this information on my blog at So keep an eye out for information at the end of September. The other groups will start up after winter break. My door is alway open and I will be at Back to School night if you have questions or just want to stop and say hello.

Muisic & Tech Notes – May 29

This is our big week. Our spring concert is Thursday evening at 6:30PM. Band, Recorder Club and Boomin Beats will all be performing. Musicians should arrive at the Music Room at 6PM to get warmed up. Musician should dress accordingly for an evening performance. There will be a second performance for students and staff on Friday at 1:45PM. And finally the Boomin Beats will be performing at the Lewis PTA picnic at 6:00PM. I hope to see you all there!

Music & Tech Notes – Spring Concert

To All Students in Recorder Club, Band and Booming Beats,

The end of the school year is fast approaching and we have one last big performance before heading off into summer break. This performance will feature music from all three of our musical groups, and will be the culmination of our students’ year long work.
**Please note the date change, which differs from the Lewis Main Calendar**

What: Lewis End of the Year Concert

When: Thursday, June 1 @ 6:30 PM
Friday, June 2 @ 1:30 PM

Where: Lewis Stage
Who: 5th Grade Band, 3rd Grade Recorder Club, The Booming Beats
(Concert Order)

For the evening concert, students are encouraged to dress up.
Skirt, Dress Shirt, Slacks, (Bow) Tie, Blazer, or Dress would all be splendid.
No shorts please.

For the Evening performance students should arrive at 6:00 pm in the music room to warm up and get ready for the performance.

For Recorder & Band this will be the last event of the school year.
The Boomin’ Beats will be performing Friday June 2nd at the PTA Picnic at 6PM.

I provided below the rehearsal schedule for each group for next two weeks.

If you have any questions please contact me.

Practice Schedule For Each Performing Group

Recorder Club:
Wednesday May 24 12:05 PM – 12:15 PM (Lunch Recess Practice)
Thursday May 25 8:00 AM – 8:40 AM
Tuesday May 30 12:05 PM – 12:30 PM (Lunch Recess Practice)
Thursday June 1 8:00 AM – 8:40 AM

5th Grade Band
Tuesday May 23 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Thursday May 25 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday May 30 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Thursday June 1 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (On Stage)

Boomin’ Beats
Tuesday May 23 12:20 PM – 12:45 PM (Lunch Recess Practice)
Friday May 26 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday May 31 12:20 PM – 12:45 PM (Lunch Recess Practice)
Thursday June 1 12:20 PM – 12:45 PM (Lunch Recess Practice)
Friday June 2 PTA Picnic 6:00 PM No After School Rehearsal