Monday, December 11, 2017

Concert Week Schedule Dec 2017

The Nessacus Winter Concert is THIS Wednesday, December 13, 7pm. Students should arrive at Nessacus by 6:30 to warm up and prepare.  NOTE: THIS CONCERT WILL OCCUR EVEN IF THERE IS A SNOW DAY TUESDAY. 

Concert Dress is required:
  • Black Pants/Long Skirt
  • White top/blouse
  • All Black "dressy" is also acceptable
  • Boys may wear ties
  • No Jeans or sneakers if at all possible
Thank you! We are looking forward to seeing you there.

This is the planned schedule for combined rehearsals.
Monday, December 11 (B day)- Period 5- 6th Grade Band Members join 7th regular rehearsal
Tuesday, December 12 (C day)- Period 4 7th Grade Band Members join 8th regular rehearsal
Wednesday, December 13 (D day)- 
Period 3-8th Grade Band Members join 7th regular final rehearsal
Period 6-6th and 7th Grade Band students combine for final rehearsal
Period 7-Jazz Band members (small group of 6-8 students)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Welcome to a new school year. As always, we have a variety of musical performances and activities planned for the year.  4 Bands will be hard at work this year learning, creating and preparing for public performances:  6th Grade Band, 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Band and Jazz Band (meets after school on Mondays starting 11/13)

The information below should help in planning for parents and students. We have a social media presence on Twitter at @NessacusMusic . Along with REMIND (an app that you can use to receive texts about upcoming events, etc..see below), Twitter will be used to share relevant information about the program throughout the year.

Sign up and receive text message updates from the music program

6 Band 1718-@h7fc7f 7 Band 1718-@kk7ace 8 Band 1718-@acg324
Jazz Band 1718-@43976ge

Friday, October 20th- UMASS Field Trip

Saturday, December 2nd- Junior District Auditions (select students)

Saturday, December 9th- Light Up The Holidays 6:15pm at the Dalton Library

Wednesday, December 13th- Winter Concert 7pm

Wednesday, April 11th- Pops Concert

Monday, May 28th- Memorial Day Parades (Becket/Hinsdale) 7th and 8th Grade

Late May/Early June- Music In The Parks Competition Trip TBA
Potential Additional Spring Concert To Be Determined
June TBA- 6th Grade Plays for 5th Graders
June TBA-7th Grade Band plays for Graduation


Google Classroom Codes (for students to sign up)

6th Grade Band-dvezhh
7th Grade Band-5c4f863
8th Grade Band-t5xqp2
Jazz Band- w7mpjs7


Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 11 Concert Recordings Are Up!

Here is a link to the Music In Our School's Month MUSIC FROM LITERATURE Concert held on April 11, 2017.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Music Inspires: Music In Our School's Month 2017 at Nessacus Middle School

The National Association for Music Education (of which Central Berkshire Music Teachers belong) designates March as Music In Our School's Month (MIOSM) annually.  School music programs throughout the country celebrate the month in their own ways but with the common idea of promoting the educational value of music study and performance in schools.  This year's theme is 'Music Inspires'

PARENTS TAKE THE MIOSM SURVEY! The data will be shared at the next concert! 

As a district, there are always concerts scheduled in March or early April in celebration of MIOSM.  WRHS will present a concert of the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's on March 16th and 17th, Craneville (grades 3-5) students will perform a concert on March 24th at 1:30. At Nessacus, students participate in a variety of ways.

All band and chorus students are preparing for a "Music from Books" Concert on April 11th (7:00pm).  Music being performed is related to literature/books in some way and students will dress up as their favorite book character (voluntary). This is a joint celebration of Read Across America and MIOSM.

Other ways students will participate in MIOSM this month:
Students will be exploring the question "What Music Means To Me.." by
  • Sharing and reading music quotes in the morning announcements
  • Recording themselves playing with friends at school or at home
  • Drawing pictures about music and their relationship with it
  • Creating Blogs and sharing media about music
  • Dancing to music 
  • Our very own Alexis Ayotte is performing with the All Western MA Junior Band at UMASS on March 18th (3pm)
  • Writing music
  • Recruiting new band and chorus members
  • Interviewing parents and other family members about why and how they value music
  • Music Tech students are creating Google slideshows entitled "The Story of My Life" where they find music to match the mood and feeling behind various key moments in their lives
What Does Music Mean to YOU??  Feel free to comment below!

More information about the history of MIOSM can be found at the NafME website

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Nessacus Concert Features Literary Theme: "Music from Books"

The Central Berkshire Music Department has a history of producing themed concerts in March and April to celebrate Music In Our Schools Month. Recent, memorable high school productions have featured a concert of Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of The Moon, an 'Irish Music' Concert, a 'Creepy/Spooky' Music Concert and The Beatles's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band Album (being reprised this year on March 16 and 17).  Recent Nessacus programs have included, Music from Films, Broadway, Music in America (student projects) and 2016's "ROCK Concert". 

This year at Nessacus students are preparing for a production (on April 11th at 7pm) that loosely has the theme "Music from Books/Literature".  As many films are based and books, there's a pretty good pool of music to pick from. Finding and arranging music that is playable by young musicians is the challenge. Music currently being rehearsed by the grade level bands includes:

  • Music from Willy Wonka (book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  • A "tone poem" based on Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart (which 7th graders study)
  • Music from the Wizard of Oz
  • A musical representation of "The Jabberwocky" from Alice in Wonderland
  • Music from Harry Potter
  • Music from Twilight
  • Music from the Hunger Games
There will  also be choral selections to round out the programming. We are looking forward to presenting this concert and hope you'll mark your calendars for the night of April 11th, 2017 for MUSIC FROM BOOKS.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Nessacus Music Performance Dates December 2016

Please see the notes below about students who are involved in these events.  All students are involved in the Winter Concert on Thursday, December 15th.


Some but not all students are involved in the Mary Verdi Christmas Show taking place at Wahconah, Dec 9th (7pm) and 10th 2pm.   These students already know who they are and have been receiving updates.

Some but not all students are participating in the Western MA Junior District Festival Auditions on December 10th. These students already know who they are and have been receiving updates.

Some 7th and 8th Graders are participating in the Dalton Light Up The Holidays celebration on December 10th 6:15-8pm at the Dalton Library. These students already know who they are and have been receiving updates.

The WINTER CONCERT FOR ALL NESSACUS BAND AND CHORAL STUDENTS is Thursday, December 15th, 7pm.  Show up time is 6:30pm.  Dress is Black and White except for Chorus members who have special T Shirts with logos.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Practice Guidelines for Students

Practice Guidelines for students adapted from 'Wynton's Ways to Practice' 
by Musician and Music Educator Wynton Marsalis

1. Write out a schedule: A schedule helps you organize your time. Be sure to allow time to review the fundamentals because they are the foundation of all the complicated things that come later. If you are practicing basketball, for example, be sure to put time in your schedule to practice free throws. A good goal is a minimum of 3-4 days of practice per week outside of school with 90 minutes minimum total practice time.

2. Set goals: Like a schedule, goals help you organize your time and chart your progress. Goals also act as a challenge: something to strive for in a specific period of time. If a certain task turns out to be really difficult, relax your goals: practice doesnʼt have to be painful to achieve results.

3. Concentrate: You can do more in 10 minutes of focused practice than in an hour of sighing and moaning. This means no video games, no television, no radio, just sitting still and working. Start by concentrating for a few minutes at a time and work up to longer periods gradually. Concentrated effort takes practice too, especially for young people.

4. Relax and practice slowly: Take your time; donʼt rush through things. Whenever you set out to learn something new – practicing scales, multiplication tables, verb tenses in Spanish – you need to start slowly and build up speed.

5. Practice hard things longer: Donʼt be afraid of confronting your inadequacies; spend more time practicing what you canʼt do. Adjust your schedule to reflect your strengths and weaknesses. Donʼt spend too much time doing what comes easily. Successful practice means coming face to face with your shortcomings. Donʼt be discouraged; youʼll get it eventually.
6. Practice with expression: Every day you walk around making yourself into “you,” so do everything with the proper attitude. Put all of yourself into participating and try to do your best, no matter how insignificant the task may seem. Express your “style” through how you do what you do.

7. Learn from your mistakes: None of us are perfect, but donʼt be too hard on yourself. If you drop a touchdown pass, or strike out to end the game, itʼs not the end of the world. Pick yourself up, analyze what went wrong and keep going. Most people work in groups or as part of teams. If you focus on your contributions to the overall effort, your personal mistakes wonʼt seem so terrible.

8. Look for connections: No matter what you practice, youʼll find that practicing itself relates to everything else. It takes practice to learn a language, cook good meals or get along well with people. If you develop the discipline it takes to become good at something, that discipline will help you in whatever else you do. Itʼs important to understand that kind of connection. The more you discover the relationships between seemingly different things, the more your world opens up.