Where: Llanfaire Retirement Community
Who: Summit Sounds, Vocal Adrenaline, 12th grade, 11th grade and 9a.
When: Thursday, Dec. 14th
Time: 9:15 – 11:30
Transportation: Walking to and from school
Money Needed: no
Dress: Jeans and nice shirt, sweater or top. Comfortable shoes for walking.
Information: students that missed the concert are required to perform to receive a grade for the missed performance. Concerts count as the semester exam. This performance will count as a make-up exam.
Holiday Music Update
The holiday season is upon us and our concerts are fast approaching.
The following is an update for December so that everyone is in the know:
3rd- Fleming Road UCC. (Sunday Morning) Arrive at 9:30, we perform at 10:30.
Wear black pants or skirt and a festive shirt, top or sweater. NO JEANS!!
5th – Dress rehearsal during school day. I will call people during the day to come over to the stage and practice. NO AFTER-SCHOOL PRACTICE!!
5th – All school Concert 7:00 p.m. (arrive to the church by 6:30 p.m.) There will be a bake sale after the concert, proceeds to benefit the music program. Same attire as the Sunday concert. NO JEANS!!
14th- Concert at Llanfair (during the day) NO FAMILIES ALLOWED!! CLOSED CONCERT for Llanfair residents only!! Attire will be the same as the previous two concerts.
REMINDER: permission slips for the spring tour are due before the beginning of Christmas Break. I cannot reserve a spot for a student without that form so please have it in before Dec. 20th if you have not done so already. If you need a copy please see Mrs. McCoy or check the webpage to print one.
Congratulations!! Our popcorn sales were fantastic! We made a profit of $915.
**Regular after school rehearsals are finished until January**
That’s about all. Thank you again for allowing me to work with your child in the music program. I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!!
Music Trip To Cleveland February 1 – 3, 2017
Change in the instrumental schedule!!
- Please note that we are changing the instrumental schedule. Summit Sounds will now be practicing on Tuesdays, WEDNESDAYS, and Fridays. (no longer on Thursdays. Basketball players should go to Basketball on Mondays and Thursdays) Times are still 2:20 – 3:30
- Vocal Adrenaline, To the Nines: No change
Please make sure to sign up for Remind.
- It is the simplest and quickest way for me to contact you if something needs to be communicated. And it is safe, no one will see your number or email, and we can communicate in private as well. I have attached the correct codes for you to use. All students need to sign up for an account, even returning students. If you already have this year, I thank you.
We will be holding a meeting about our spring tour in Oct.
We are headed to Memphis, TN for a concert tour.
- We have been invited to perform at Graceland and at the WC Handy Park on Beale Street. Tours, food and fun await. I’ll send home all of the information under separate cover soon.
Holiday calendar is almost confirmed.
- I should have it by next Thursday. Outfit list is ready as well.
That’s all for now. Keep singing!
Remind Set Up Information
Standing Up For the Special Learners
We need a place to stay so that we can go to our concerts this tour. We are playing and singing at a children’s hospital, retirement center, and a special needs school.
About My Students
Our students are all Alternative Learners and in a Very High Poverty status. We started this music program 9 years ago to help these Autism, Asperger, and Sensory kids learn to advocate for themselves and each other. They now take the message of Special Needs Abilities out into the community.
Kieya, my singer and lead sound technician, came to me with the idea of doing a tour this year. She felt that we could reach more people and continue to train the younger musicians to take over by showing them how music makes a difference to special needs kids. We pulled our “staff” together( student leaders) for a meeting. Kieya led the meeting with Milan, my student vocal director, Jacob, my student instrumental director and James, my assistant director (a senior). They laid out a plan to travel locally to perform at a children’s hospital, a retirement home and a local elementary school. Together they planned every detail including some celebration time for themselves with an Awards/Karaoke night at the hotel and some down time for swimming. They have it all planned close to home so that they get the feeling that they are on tour but are close enough to home for our Autism students if we need a parent close by.
Students on the Autism Spectrum struggle with the basic social and life skills that we all take for granted. The best way for them to learn to thrive in the “Real World” is for them to have as many safe social activities as possible with people that they trust. We take the performing groups out as much as possible. They meet and interact with people of all kinds and that reinforces the skills that we are teaching them at school. Being in a music performing group reinforces the teamwork, problem solving and decision making skills that are required for college, work and beyond. They develop empathy for others as we work through situations together and self esteem becomes a natural byproduct of this interaction. Music truly gives them a voice and they become successful, powerful advocates for themselves and others.
In Their Own Words
“Trying to reach out to people to show them that Alternative Learners can perform anywhere and bring awareness to students who deal with special needs every day. We want to prove that special needs learners can overcome our social fears using music performances.
We will help to get things done that need to get done. We will be able to spread some joy at the Children’s Hospital and try to make the kids there smile with our music. We will help with all of the planning and with the set up of our equipment.
We can go out in the community and show them what we can do. Our special needs label does not define who we are. We want the world to see that we can do anything that anyone in the regular schools can do.”
Winter Performance on Channel 19 News
Channel 19 Trip December 15, 2015
Winter Concert December 14, 2015