Thank you to the many parents and students who attended the MPS Board of Education meeting this past Monday. What a great show of support (and with with such short notice) for the 5th grade music program!
As a reminder of what’s happening… during the past couple of years, some elementary schools have removed the one class period of instrumental and vocal music that was held during the school day and placed it after school… with some classes beginning 30 minutes after the end of school! The before school classes are still held, just as they have for many years. Sadly, without that one class during the school day, the percentage of children enrolled in instrumental and vocal music is under pressure. The chipping away at the 5th grade music program needs to be reversed before there is a collapse in enrollment. A proactive vision is what will keep the MPS music program healthy and vibrant. This is the same issue that has been discussed during the past two years. Many parents and a former MHS drum major all spoke up at the board of education meeting – it was obvious that you, the high school parents, share a mutual concern for the health of the foundation of the MPS music program… a foundation which begins in the 5th grade.
Administrators will hold a meeting next week with a representative of the Dow and Midland High music parents organization and two high involved music parents. Our goal is to have that 1/2 hour of music for each of the vocal and instrumental classes returned to the school day at the elementary schools where they have been removed during the past couple of years. There will be additional topics covered that seek to ensure the long-term health of the MPS music program.
The momentum you created will not be lost. Your efforts are appreciated.
Shannon Krueger, MHS Music Parents President
Send someone you love a musical hug!! The Meistersingers are delivering Singing Valentines on Thursday, Feb 12th and Friday, February 13th. They will deliver all around the area. For only $10 a song you can send someone special a unique gift. We have groups of girls and groups of guys ready to serenade. Beginning Feb. 2nd, orders will be taken during lunch in Eyeball! See the order form for details and a list of song choices. Order forms can also be given to any member of Meisters or Mrs. Breneman. Please download the order form! MHS Choir – Singing Valentines Form 2015
The following is from Mrs. Kathy Peretz, MPS Lead Music Teacher and Steering Committee Chair of the Looking Sharp Fund…
The band concert this Thursday will begin at 7:00 PM… the previously published time is not correct.
There are many wonderful concerts this week! Tonight are the MHS vocal concerts at Trinity Lutheran Church. Concert time is 7:30 pm.
Wednesday evening is the MHS Orchestra concert at Central Auditorium (formerly Central Middle School). Concert time is 7:30.
Thursday evening is the MHS Blue, Gold, and Symphonic Bands concert. Concert time is 7:30 at Central Auditorium. All concerts are free and are worth your effort to attend.
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Come enjoy a wonderful concert performed by our own MHS Meistersingers on Friday, December 12th – 7:30 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church on Jefferson Ave.