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Please refer to this website from time to time for updated and detailed information with our band program.
 
Welcome to Bear Branch BAND!!!

I am excited to work with you and teach your child how to play a band instrument this year. Making music will be fun, but will require hard work and dedication too. I am optimistic that our band students will be among the best students in school, both in band and in their academic classes. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing just how awesome our students will be!...Your support is very much appreciated!
 
COMMUNICATION:
*I send emails through CHARMS office which you will receive if I have your accurate email address....you may already have received emails from me and our band boosters. If you have not received emails, please send me an email from the address you want noting to add it to my list.   Also, you may send me your cell phone number and cell phone provider to be able to receive text messages.
 
 
My office phone number is 281-252-2031, ext. 4250.
 
I will send out an email as well as a flyer when we have figured out a date for the instrument drive.
 
We still have BAND SHIRTS & HOODIES to sell: Shirts are $15/ Hoodies are $25 (check made out to BBJH Band)
 
 **Please take advantage of a FREE program you can get on your home computer that is connected to our band book (except for percussion) - simply Google  Essential Elements Interactive and follow the installation steps.  Our school code is BB6Band.  You will need the activation code from your method book to activate it.  The Student ID number is your child's lunch number/ on schedule sheet.  Let me know if you have any problems with it.
 
Practice Reports (PR's) - students are not ready for these yet.  I will send out an email when they go home.
 
**I encourage you to purchase SMART MUSIC for your home. We use it in class. It is about $40 for a YEAR'S subscription to your home computer or i-pad. (I personally rather use the computer, and I would suggest connecting it to speakers that can be as loud your your student's instrument.) Also, I would recommend that you purchase the microphone for assessment. Any questions, email or call me.
 
Forms to turn in are
Band T-shirt
optional Band Hoodie
optional Band Booster & Brag Box
Permission form for Photos on the Internet
MISD instrument usage forms for oboes, bassoons, french horns, euphoniums and tubas....and payment.
 
Band Contract to go home the first week of school - due by September 5th.
 
Please refer to this website from time to time for detailed information with our band program.
 
Interesting information:
Students in Music Class Don't Just Learn Notes:
Students who are in music class learn much more than music itself.  And while studying music for music's sake is clearly the priority of music education, the additional benefits shouldn't be overlooked.  Students who study the arts develop greater self-confidence, creativity, perseverance, and problem-solving skills, and they are more prepared for success in college and for entry into the 21st century workforce.  Music students learns to create, innovate, analyze, and collaborate. www.tmea.org/toptenskills
 
Increased SAT Scores:
According to the College Board national SAT reports, students who study music throughout high school have consistently outperformed other students on the SAT. TMEA has found similar results with the top music students in out state.  From 2013 to 2017, TMEA All-State musicians scored 23% higher than the national average and 29% higher than the state average.  www.tmea.org/sat
 
Music Programs Benefit Schools and Communities
Studies continue to reveal that music students have better attendance, lower dropout rates, and fewer discipline issues.  For many students, being in a music program is what motivates them to come to school. It's where they find safety and security in an otherwise fractured world.  Music programs in Texas are notorious for the good they do in their school and communities.. Music programs can offer students a healthy support system and an environment where they are accepted and encouraged to express themselves in a most meaningful way.