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Parents and Students,

Please find our continuous learning plan for the remainder of this year at this link: LMS Band Continuous Learning Plan for 4th Quarter 2020

Below you will find a table of documents and links that you can use to help your student work through this final quarter of the year. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us.

LMS Band Online Learning Schedule LMS Sample Practice Schedule LMS Band One Page Online Learning Resource Guide
Online Resources for Music Enrichment Contact information for Band Staff and Instrument Repairs and Needs LMS Band YouTube Channel

SmartMusic Home Page

(must open in Chrome browser or use Smart Music App on your iPad)

LMS Band Facebook Page: You must me a member of the group to see its contents Remind

 

4th Quarter Online Learning Weekly Information

WEEK INFO
Week 1: March 30-April 3

Band Note for Mar. 30-Apr. 3

Zoom links are available in google classroom accounts.

Week 2: April 6-10

Band Note for April 6-April 10

Lessons for this week - class breakdown

Reminders:

1. All lesson info is posted via YouTube on Mrs. Jones' channel prior to class meetings. Students can access these videos at any time if they cannot attend a live class session.

2. Going forward, 1st meetings of the week will be when we will go over these lessons live and students will be able to interact with us and with other students as they would in class. The first half hour will be reserved for the lesson and the 2nd half hour wil be for help and questions.

3. All zoom lesson meetings will be recorded and posted to the drive that has been shared with all students via Google Classroom. Any student who cannot attend a live class can go back and watch that class and its contents in that drive.

4. Friday will be a no class/no office hours day due to the Good Friday Holiday observance.

Week 3: April 13-17

Band Note for April13-April 17

Lessons for this week - class breakdown

Updated Online Learning Schedule

Reminders:

  1. Reminder: No class meetings or office hours on Monday, April 13th!
  2. Based on guidance from our district leadership, I will no longer be recording our zoom classes. Students who are not able to attend a class meeting and find anything they need posted on YouTube or they are welcome to come to my open help times to catch up on what they might have missed.
  3. So far I am very pleased with how our students are handling this situation with band. I have seen some students really take this on and run with it but I am concerned about the students that I haven’t heard from or seen at all. On Monday I will be checking in with those that I haven’t heard from just to be sure that everything is ok and that they don’t need anything from me.
  4. I have had some questions from 6th graders regarding instrument switching for 7th grade band. I’ll be putting out an informational video next week on Friday going over how instrument switching will be handled for next year. As with many things, it will look different than in years past so please be patient as we work through how best to serve our program and our students.
  5. KEEP PLAYING! Use music as a refuge and a source of fun. I’m using this time to learn something new and everyone in my house gets to hear me learn bass guitar for awhile! Don’t give up on music being fun!

 

Week 4: April 20-24
  1. This week’s lessons will be a bit of a break from what we’ve been doing. Please encourage your student to get on their 1st class zoom meeting of the week to play our Kahoot quiz game LIVE with their friends.
  2. Based on guidance from our district leadership, I will no longer be recording our zoom classes. Students who are not able to attend a class meeting and find anything they need posted on YouTube or they are welcome to come to my open help times to catch up on what they might have missed.
  3. I have had some questions from 6th graders regarding instrument switching for 7th grade band. I’ll be putting out an informational video this week that will cover some of those questions. As with many things, it will look different than in years past so please be patient as we work through how best to serve our program and our students.
  4. Sousa Honor Band Auditions: The music for next year’s John Philip Sousa Honor Band has been posted on the JPS Kansas Band Website: http://ks-sousahonorband.org This state middle school honor band is open to students in Kansas who will be in grades 6 through 9 for the 2020-2021 school year. Now is a GREAT opportunity for students to get started on this music. Audition recordings are not due until October 2020 so start now and get a jump on your preparation! We had 2 students from LMS make it last year and I would LOVE to see more participate next year.
  5. KEEP PLAYING! Use music as a refuge and a source of fun. I’m using this time to learn something new and everyone in my house gets to hear me learn bass guitar for awhile J Don’t give up on music being fun!
Week 5: April 27-May 3
  1. During our first zoom classes of the week this week we will be playing an interactive Escape Room Game! Please encourage your student to attend their first zoom meeting of the week to participate live! They will work in teams to Escape the Band Room 
  2. I have posted an informational video on our YouTube Channel for our 6th and 7th graders about options for switching instruments for next year. Please take a moment and have them watch that video. If your student has interest in switching please have them fill out the form that is in the Google Classroom. This does not commit them to switching but only gives us an idea of what we are facing so we can plan further. Please only fill out that form if they are interested in switching.
  3. Sousa Honor Band Auditions: The music for next year’s John Philip Sousa Honor Band has been posted on the JPS Kansas Band Website: http://ks-sousahonorband.org This state middle school honor band is open to students in Kansas who will be in grades 6 through 9 for the 2020-2021 school year. Now is a GREAT opportunity for students to get started on this music. Audition recordings are not due until October 2020 so start now and get a jump on your preparation! We had 2 students from LMS make it last year and I would LOVE to see more participate next year.
  4. Check-in videos: Students need to be sure that they are giving their best effort in their check in videos. That means sitting or standing with good posture, playing with good air support, and doing their best to be as precise as possible. I am starting to get videos that are lacking in these areas. I can tell the difference between when a student is struggling and when they are just not putting forth effort. I will not accept poor effort. Please ensure that your student is doing their very best to turn in their best quality work.
  5. I am very proud of our students and how they are handling this situation. Please keep playing and having fun with music! 
Week 6: May 4-8

Band Note for May 4-May 8

Lessons for this week - class breakdown

Reminders:

  1. I have posted an informational video on our YouTube Channel for our 6th and 7th graders about options for switching instruments for next year. Please take a moment and have them watch that video. If your student has interest in switching please have them fill out the form that is in the Google Classroom. This does not commit them to switching but only gives us an idea of what we are facing so we can plan further. Please only fill out that form if they are interested in switching. I need this form filled out by Friday, May 8th.
  2. Sousa Honor Band Auditions: The music for next year’s John Philip Sousa Honor Band has been posted on the JPS Kansas Band Website: http://ks-sousahonorband.org This state middle school honor band is open to students in Kansas who will be in grades 6 through 9 for the 2020-2021 school year. Now is a GREAT opportunity for students to get started on this music. Audition recordings are not due until October 2020 so start now and get a jump on your preparation! We had 2 students from LMS make it last year and I would LOVE to see more participate next year.
  3. Check-in videos: Students need to be sure that they are giving their best effort in their check in videos. That means sitting or standing with good posture, playing with good air support, and doing their best to be as precise as possible. I am starting to get videos that are lacking in these areas. I can tell the difference between when a student is struggling and when they are just not putting forth effort. I will not accept poor effort. Please ensure that your student is doing their very best to turn in their best quality work.
  4. As an incentive this week, students who have consistently turned in work from weeks 1-4 as well as students who turn in a quality week 5 check in will be entered in a drawing for a free ice cream coupon from either Sonic or Dairy Queen! Get those submissions in!
  5. I am very proud of our students and how they are handling this situation. Please keep playing and having fun with music! 
Week 7: May 11-15

Band Note for May 11-May 15

Lessons for this week - class breakdown

Last Week of School Schedule for Band (May 18-21)

Reminders:

  1. If your student filled out the instrument switch interest form, I will be contacting them this week to talk about how that process will work. Please be patient through this process. We are doing our best to make sure we get to everything before the end of school.
  2. We will be sending out a form for all students who currently use a school owned instrument. It will be VERY IMPORTANT that students who are using a school owned instrument fill out that form so we can contact them about specifics for their instrument. Please watch for more information on this later in the week.
  3. Students who still have music that was not collected before spring break should hold on to that music and we will do our best to collect it when we come back to school in the fall. 
  4. This week will be the last check in video students will need to submit for band. Please encourage them to do their best for this last check in.
  5. All work for 4th quarter needs to be in by Thursday, May 21st
  6. The last week of school (May 18-21) will have a different schedule for band. Please see the link above for that schedule. Zoom codes will be posted on your student's Google Classroom.
  7. Sousa Honor Band Auditions: The music for next year’s John Philip Sousa Honor Band has been posted on the JPS Kansas Band Website: http://ks-sousahonorband.org This state middle school honor band is open to students in Kansas who will be in grades 6 through 9 for the 2020-2021 school year. Now is a GREAT opportunity for students to get started on this music. Audition recordings are not due until October 2020 so start now and get a jump on your preparation! We had 2 students from LMS make it last year and I would LOVE to see more participate next year

 

 

Becky Jones
Director of Bands, Lansing Middle School

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Mrs. Jones earned her BME from the University of Kansas in 2003 and completed her student teaching with the Park Hill School District in 2004. She accepted her first teaching position for the 2004-2005 school year with Mill Creek Valley USD 329 in Wabaunsee County, KS where she was the 5-12 Band Director and the 7-12 Choir Director. After teaching there for a year she was offered the position at Lansing USD 469 as LMS Director of Bands and LHS Assistant Director of Bands where she has served since. While teaching at Lansing Mrs. Jones has served on the LMS Site Council, the USD 469 Professional Development Council, the LMS Building Leadership Team, the Lansing Education Foundation Board, and is currently the LMS Music Department Chair. During her time at Lansing she also earned her MaED and MSSL degrees and obtained her building level administrative certification.

Outside of school Mrs. Jones has served in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves as a Bandsman since 1998. She currently serves with the 312th Army Band as the Flute section leader, the NCOIC of the Churchill Winds Woodwind Quintet, the 312th Army Band Color Guard, and PT Operations. 

She is also Vice-President of P.E.O. Chaper JS in Basehor, KS,  and a member of KMEA (Kansas Music Educators Association) and NAfME (National Association for Music Education). In 2019 Mrs. Jones was recognized as the KMEA Northeast District Middle Level Band Director of the year and has served two terms as the Northeast District Middle Level Band Chair.

In her spare time Mrs. Jones enjoys traveling, running, reading cheesy rom-com novels, watching Downton Abbey on repeat, and spending time with her family.

Click here for the Google calendar of band events.

 

Phone: 913-727-1197 Email: Becky Jones Lansing Middle School
220 Lion Lane Lansing KS 66043

 

 

Blake Vignery
Asst. Band Director/Percussion Instructor, Lansing Middle School

Mr. Vignery joined the Lansing High School Band staff in the fall of 2007.  Mr. Vignery is currently the Director of Percussion and Assistant Band Director at both Lansing High School and Middle School. He currently serves as a percussion consultant for the Olathe North Band Program and also runs the drumline for the Mid America Nazarene University band program.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Vignery served as the percussion instructor for Lansing and Blue Valley North High Schools as well as assisting with various other schools in the Kansas City area.  In his previous positions, Mr. Vignery has worked with a wide variety of ensembles including high school concert band, jazz ensembles, marching bands, pep bands, pit orchestras, middle school concert bands, elementary bands, small ensembles, and has taught private lessons to students in the Kansas City area.  

Mr. Vignery grew up in Concordia, Kansas, and graduated from Concordia Senior High School in 2003.  He then attended Kansas State University where he studied Music Education.  While attending KSU, Mr. Vignery played in a wide variety of ensembles including: KSU Marching Band, Concert and Symphonic Bands and the Percussion Ensemble.  Mr. Vignery is an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity and a member of the Percussive Arts Society.

Mr. Vignery is well renowned as an avid percussionist in the Kansas City musical theater community as he has performed over 45 musicals in the capacity of both musician and music director.  He has performed at several theatres including the Carlsen Center, the White Theatre, the Kauffman Center and the Signature Theater in Manhattan, New York.  Mr. Vignery is also very active around the Kansas City area playing with his band “The Boxley Brothers.”

Phone: 913-727-1197  Email: Blake Vignery Lansing Middle School
220 Lion Lane Lansing KS 66043