Instrumental and General Music
     Mr. Poirier
 General and Instrumental Music

 860-927-3537  ext 170  or  Email
SPRING CONCERT-Grades 3-8-Wednesday, 5-6-15
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE-Grades 4-8-Monday, 5-25-15
Fantastic Festivals-Senior Strings-6-5-15

Maggie for "Student of the Month" for October/November
Eric for "Student of the Month" for December/January
Bella for making Northern Regional Band and
Elle, Lydia, Bella and Astrid for participating in Regional Select Band.
Lindsay for "Student of the Month" for February/ March

Students should attend all lessons with their instrument(s), music book/folder/sheet music, and a pencil.  7th+8th graders are expected to bring their laptops to all lessons.

Students are expected to practice 20 minutes per night or 100 minutes per week.  This amount of practice should guarantee their success on their music which should make their rehearsals much more enjoyable.  7th+8th graders are strongly encouraged to use their SmartMusic software on their laptops when they practice.

Some words about grading in instrumental music:
-Failure to remember one's instrument or attend a lesson or rehearsal is an automatic "F" for the day (equal to 55 point out of 100).  It is impossible for me to teach you without your instrument.
-Failing to bring one's sheet music or lesson book will result in the deduction of 10 points from your grade for the day
-Failing to bring one's pencil will result in a deduction of 3 points from your grade for the day
-If you attend your lesson or rehearsal on time, with your instrument, sheet music, and a pencil, but you didn't practice significantly, the highest grade you can earn would be a "B"
-If I have to teach the same thing I taught you the week before, you haven't practiced enough!

Some words about grading in general music classes:
Effort and participation are 90% of your grade.  Talent is only 10% of your grade.  If we are singing in class, try your hardest, sit up straight, and use your best singing voice.  If we are playing instruments, play only when asked.  If we are doing anything involving questions and answers, raise your hand quietly to be called on.  If you shout out the answer, you will not receive credit for participation.


Spring Concert


April 23, 2015

Dear Parents,


            Students in grades three through eight will be putting on their annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The show will have TWO performances: one at 1:15PM and one at 7:00PM.  Both performances will be held in the school auditorium / gymnasium.  This concert will feature all instrumental music groups including 3rd grade recorders, Beginner Band+Strings, Intermediate Band, Senior String Ensemble, Senior Band and Jazz Band.

            Students are asked to wear traditional concert attire:

boys-black pants, black shoes, black socks, white dress shirt, and a tie is optional

girls-long black skirt or slacks, white blouse, dress shoes     

If you don’t have any of the above, please wear something similar.


ARRIVAL for evening performance:

3rd Graders should sit in the audience with their parents until they are called onto the stage for their part of the performance.

4th-8th grade students should arrive at 6:30PM and report to the band room to tune up.


            Please remind your child to practice regularly!  Students should be practicing twenty to thirty minutes daily (5-10 minutes for 3rd graders) to prepare for the show!    This will ensure their success and enjoyment of the concert!  Some individuals still need to make large improvements before the show so please make sure students are practicing on their own. We look forward to seeing you there!

                                                            Thank you for your support and cooperation! 

                                                            David Poirier 


Please note: We encourage the younger students to stay for the entire concert to see the progression of the students in the older groups.  If you need to leave early, please exit as quietly as possible during the applause. Thank you!