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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
October 4, 2019 Update: We have now had 3 weeks of lessons. The students have been learning how to practice at home paying attention to detail, playing with correct posture, hand position, embouchure, tonguing, tapping their foot to the steady beat. I do recommend that students practice with the CD that came in the back of their book. The CD can be played in either a stereo or on the computer. Doing so, is excellent preparation before playing in a band as a large ensemble come January. The weekly practice goal for students is to practice 5 days per week for 20 minutes for a weekly total of 100 minutes. Starting the week of 9/30 students should be filling in the practice journal found on the back page of their book and asking for parent initials weekly. Students should strive to pass songs up to p.11 in their books prior to winter recess. Grading begins the week of October 7, 2019.