Welcome to Fourth Grade Band
with Ms. Marino!
Greetings! It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I welcome you to the Lancaster Central School District's Band Program! I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with students for 22 years now. This year will be my 20th year teaching students in the Lancaster Central School District.
I am the director of two (of William Street School's three) fourth grade bands. Being a music teacher is something I thoroughly enjoy, it has been a passion of mine since the early age of six. I am happy to be of service to my students and I am looking forward to getting to know each child individually and introducing them to the love of playing a musical instrument!
There are eight music teachers at WSS. The best way to contact me is to contact me directly through email at email@example.com. You will hear from me within 2 school days, however I always try to respond the same day. Throughout the year, if your child has a question or is in need of something, please have them stop by to see me. First thing in the morning is the best time. However, students are welcome to see me any day and time throughout the week. Students do not need to wait until their weekly lesson to see me or to ask questions. I am always happy to see my students and to help them with whatever they may need.
I welcome you to visit the pages on my website as there is a wealth of important information for you and there are also answers for many common questions .
I'm looking forward to working with your child. It's going to be a wonderful year!
February update: The students have been working on learning how to play their specific part independently while in a large ensemble. This is a challenging skill to develop as the students need to play their part while 12 or more different parts are being played simultaneously. Practicing with a metronome is highly encouraged and recommended. The students can also pull up recordings of our band pieces online and try playing with them or even finger as they listen. The students are also beginning to learn how to play the first five notes of their first major scale. We continue to focus on playing with a correct embouchure, tonguing, controlling the volume of their sound, using correct hand position and posture. Thank you for your support with your child's playing!