Remote Learning for Band

  • Dear WMS Band Students and Families, 

    Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We hope you enjoyed your summer, and are ready for another year of music making with the WMS Band program. Things are going to look much different this year, but we are going to make the best out of the situation we find ourselves in. We have a lot of great ideas to make your virtual band experience as rewarding as possible. 

    For starters, every student will have a small group lesson via Google Meets once a week. Lessons will occur on a 3 week rotating schedule. Band students will be coming out of Explore, PE, and the extra help time at the end of the day for lessons. All students will also have a SmartMusic account (a fun way to practice with accompaniment). 

    At this time, we do not anticipate being able to have large performances this year. If this changes we will let you know right away (after we finish jumping for joy).  :-) 

    While this may not be ideal, we are determined to make the very best of it. We believe that students need music in their lives now more than ever. We have always told students that they are welcome in the band rooms at any time. Just because we are remote now does not change the fact that we will always be here for our band students. Feel free to reach out to us at any time about anything. We are here for you. 

    Communication this year is going to be key. Please find contact information below. Also, please be sure you are checking email and schoology daily for band related announcements. This will be our main form of communication this school year. 

    In your band folder please find the following items: 

    • Practice Guide 
    • Practice Chart
    • NEW Book (7th/8th Graders only)
    • Circle of 5ths (7th/8th Graders only)
    • Scale Sheet
    • SmartMusic Info
    • Band Karate List
    • Music 
    • Quinlan and Fabish Supply Information

    We are looking forward to a great year! Please feel free to reach out to us at any time. 

    Musically yours, 

    The WMS Band Department Band Email Address: 

    Carolyn Awe

    847-752-6218 (Google Voice)


    Elise Matusek

     847-856-3661 (South Band Room)


    Greg Zalapi 

     847-856-3447  (North Band Room)

    ***The phone numbers above are where to reach us during Remote Learning 2.0***


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