Jun 27

2015 Chemic Music Yard Sign Order Forms Available

The updated order form for the Chemic Music Yard Signs has been added to the website.  It can be viewed under “Fundraisers” or “Forms” or even here!

Chemic Music Yard Signs are a great way to celebrate your student’s involvement in the MHS music program!

Don’t delay and get your order in soon!

Jun 23

Fifth Grade Music Update – Your Efforts Make A Difference

We received news that Adams Elementary has returned a large amount of the requested minutes for 5th grade band to the school day schedule. This is a BIG improvement. Two other elementary schools are also returning music to the school day
Midland Public Schools is moving in a positive direction as we all work to strengthen the 5th grade instrumental and vocal music program.
Your continued interest in the music program is much appreciated. There is still work to do but we’re glad to see these improvements!

May 26

Concert Clothing – Turn In

The new concert clothing looks great. The students are really Looking Sharp :)  (Donate here> www.midlandfoundation.org  click ‘donate’ then enter the name of the fund ‘Midland Public Schools “Looking Sharp” Project Fund’)
The Chemic Marching Band has set a concert clothing turn-in date for this Friday (5/29/15). Here’s the notice that was handed out to 5th hour band students today (with a correction – the paper notice had an incorrect date for next weeks orchestra concert – the concert is Monday, June 1st at Bullock Creek High School).
This Friday will be turn-in for polo shirts, tuxes, and gowns. All band students, except those performing with the orchestra next Monday, June 1st, must turn in their concert clothing and polo shirts. Please have all items laundered (not the cummerbunds or bow ties) and on the hanger they were sent home on. Care instructions: gowns are to be washed in cold water on gentle cycle then lay flat to dry; tux pants and jackets are to be washed in cold on gentle and hung to dry; tux shirts can be washed (no bleach) and dried; polos – wash in cold water and hang to dry. Safety pin your name on your gown or your tux pants… this will make fittings next year go much quicker! Some of the tux pants have been mislabeled as dryclean. The pants can be washed and hung to dry.
Each director will set the turn-in date for their group.
Questions? Contact Shannon Krueger – eightkruegers@yahoo.com

May 14

Senior Music Dinner – Last day for ticket sales – Friday May 15th

Tomorrow (Friday, May 15th) is the last day for Senior Music Dinner ticket sales. Tickets are free for music seniors and $20 each for family members. Tickets will be sold in the glass hallway near the band and orchestra rooms. Sales begin at approximately 11 am and end around 12:45 pm. Please make checks payable to MHS Music Parents.  The Senior Music Dinner will be held at the Midland Country Club, Wednesday, May 27th. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm.

Apr 21

Adam Savage (Mythbusters) Support of Arts Education

A brief interview of Adam Savage from Mythbusters… supporting the inclusion of the Arts in education.

In Support of the Arts

Apr 12

From the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

We Owe It All To You

Posted on April 7, 2015 in , , ,

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On the eve of the 108th birthday of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the best possible present was handed to us: recognition of music as a core subject in draft federal education policy.

This is an unprecedented enumeration in proposed federal legislation.

This is an incredibly exciting day, and we are all so proud to represent the work that you do for young people, in schools and institutions of higher learning, all across the country. Thank you for your passion, persistence, and patience—YOU have earned this. Please take a moment to celebrate before we get back to it!

There Is Power in Numbers
Early this year, NAfME mobilized music advocates to send more than 10,000 letters to their lawmakers-and the result is a new bipartisan Senate Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) proposal, the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015,” that retains the core academic subject section from No Child Left Behind, and, additionally, adds “music” as a specifically enumerated core academic subject.

“This is game-changing news,” said NAfME Assistant Executive Director Chris Woodside. “This is an enormous achievement, and the DIRECT result of the incredible grassroots advocacy efforts of our members over the past few months. Today we are celebrating our members as we celebrate this crucial step forward.”

“The benefits of listing the arts as core demonstrate the importance of recognizing our nation’s education priorities at the federal level,” Woodside wrote recently in Roll Call. “The elimination of core academic subjects from ESEA would jeopardize national efforts to ensure that all students, regardless of race or economic status, have access to high quality school music programs. . . . music advocates . . . must engage with Congress to urge the inclusion of music in federal statute.”

As the Senate HELP Committee marks up this new proposal next week, NAfME will be present during those deliberations, standing for our members, in order to ensure that this crucial language is preserved in the draft.

Giving Credit Where It Is Due
We owe it to our members, who have stood by us for more than a century, for making NAfME the National Voice for Music Education. Founded 108 years ago this week, in 1907, NAfME today represents 140,000 student and teacher members who are members of our middle/junior- and senior-high school Tri-M Music Honor Societies, Collegiate NAfME chapters on campuses around the nation, and  our more than 60,000 PreK-12 music teachers, who work daily to ensure our students receive a quality music education-which prepares them for the 21st century workplace.

Again, we thank each and everyone of you for your hard work in and out of the classroom to ensure that EVERY student has access to quality music education. BRAVO!

The listing of all subjects to be considered core subjects can be found on page 529 here..http://www.help.senate.gov/imo…

For those interested in the letter writing campaign to members of congress in support  http://www.broaderminded.com/petition.html

Apr 12

Music Parents Meeting Tonight

The final Music Parents meeting of this school year will be held at 6:30 this evening in the band room at MHS. The meeting usually ends between 7:30 and 8:00 pm. Grateful thanks to all volunteers who will be graduating out with their seniors – your work has been appreciated!

Mar 26

Senior Music Dinner – Call out for photos and video clips!

The Senior Music Dinner will be held Wednesday, May 27th, at 6:30 PM at the Midland Country Club. Tickets are free for music seniors and $20 each for the family members of the senior. Those tickets will go on sale in May.
As always, Lee Schaffert will create a lovely video of our music seniors which will be played at the dinner. The easiest way to submit photos or short video clips to Lee Schaffert is to email files to him.  Here’s the email address:
Alternately, files can be submitted by CD or flash drive (you can set up a time to stop by and have them download on the spot).
If video clips are submitted, send short clips, 30 seconds or less, of no more than 10mb in size.
In order to insure that your student is included, you need to submit photos.
Parents who have pictures of senior students other than their own are encouraged to submit those photos, too.
Lee will also need some sound clips from any groups, including Band, Orchestra and Choirs. The sound clips will play in the background during the video.
Photos and video clips will be accepted until late April 25th… this is the deadline!
This is always a wonderful evening to celebrate our music seniors!

Mar 20

Thank You Music Parents!

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.

Best Regards!

Shannon Krueger, MHS Music Parents President

Mar 15

Stand-up for Music!

Dear Music Parents,
There is a strong tradition of excellence in the music programs of Dow High and Midland High. This excellence is now on shaky ground. The 5th grade instrumental and vocal programs have been under attack the past two years. Many 5th grade music classes are now held outside of the school day. The direct effect is decreased interest by both parents and students which is causing decreased enrollment in instrumental and vocal music. Questions and concerns have been raised for the past two years but to no positive outcome. It’s time to act.
You, and everyone interested in the health of the music program (parents, current students, former students, etc.) are invited to attend the MPS Board of Education meeting this Monday, March 16. We have a speaker coming in from outside the school district. Let’s show support. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the administration building (600 E. Carpenter Street, Midland, MI  48640). Please arrive by 6:50 PM. See you Monday! Pass this message along!
Apologies for the late notice!
Best Regards,
Shannon Krueger, President, Midland High School Music Parents Association
Kevin Bouck, President, Dow High School Music Booster Club

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