Welcome to Howe Middle Music 2020!! We are so glad you are here. This school year is proving already to be an unusual year to say the least, but I am confident that by following the guidelines we have been given, much music learning can still occur for our students. Safety is our first priority, followed by learning and fun!
The music performance group class schedule is included below. Please note that, until the restrictions are lifted, students will be assigned to come to ONE class per week per subject. This will allow our groups to stay small so social distancing can be strictly followed. When you have an early morning class, the music room will also be available to you that same day for extra practice during lunch hour. On days that you don't have early morning class, the music room will NOT be available to you during lunch.
It is also important to know that, because the groups are being kept small (14-15 per group), some students will not be able to participate, and will be put on a waiting list. Students will be notified soon as to what list they are on.
Health checks must be completed BEFORE coming to early morning music classes. This form will be different than the form you will fill out on days that you don't have early music. Once filled out, the student will be allowed to continue on to their regular classes for the day.
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: I will be outside confirming health checks at 7:15am each day, and will be bringing students in to set up for our class promptly at 7:20am. Any students that are late or without a completed health check will not be allowed into the school or to participate in early music that day. I will provide my cell number to parents in case of emergency. Students that are showing a pattern of absence for any reason will be removed from the ensemble to make room for someone on the waiting list. I wish I didn't have to be so strict about this, but consistent safety during the pandemic makes such procedures necessary.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Our early morning music classes will start next week. Our afternoon classes will start the following week. The schedule is below.
Congratulations on your choice to be a Howe Musician. I look forward to a great musical year with each of you!
Be sure to check back soon for more details regarding Howe Middle Music online courses. Content is being assembled as we speak, and I am hopeful that music study will be a great blessing to you during this difficult time.
Please click on the link below to register for our amazing music retreat June 10th - 12th this year!
Hello Concert Band, Guitar, Choir, and Dhol parents,
This Tuesday night at 6pm, in the Howe music room, I am hosting a parent meeting to discuss this years’ retreat. Each year at Howe Middle, the music program offers its music students a fun, 3-day retreat at Timberline Ranch in Maple Ridge. The cost is $200, with opportunities to raise funds via our annual Easter Purdy’s fundraiser. The retreat will be June 5-7, 2019.
The retreat is meant to be a reward for all the hard work and dedication our music students give throughout the year. It is an optional event, but all students are encouraged to come if possible.
On Tuesday I will be available to discuss the retreat, as well as our fundraiser with you. If you are not able to come, please email me with any questions you may have.
If you would like to register your child for the retreat, you can do so at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/6xlqycwNDGljrkaH3
Secondly, please ensure that your child is practicing thoroughly each day. We are coming into our performance season, and it is imperative that all Howe musicians are working hard to prepare. If you feel your child needs extra help, please let me know so we can arrange a time. Homework is listed at the top of each ensemble webpage at www.mrnoftle.com. Please check that often.
Thank you, and I am looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday at 6pm!
Wow. Howe Middle Music has had an exciting start to 2019!!
First the Howe Choir wowed the crowd of choir students at our annual District Choir Day Festival, held at the Abbey Arts Centre in January. They sang beautifully and powerfully, and our guest adjudicator was duly impressed. Well done Howe Choir! Check out their performances on our school youtube channel.
Next, our very own Howe Middle Rocks! rocked the Character BC Conference at Reimer Middle on Feb. 8th. It was a great performance opportunity and audience, consisting of about 300 students and staff from throughout the district. You can also watch their performances on our youtube channel.
A sign of things to come for 2019!
We are very proud of our Howe musicians who performed during the Remembrance Day Assembly this past week. Now our focus is Christmas! Please look to your groups on the top menu for resources that will assist your practice. Good luck!
Well our retreat is finally upon us! As you prepare, please remember the following:
Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions.