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Elk Grove Village, IL

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Music Education Services (MES) provides comprehensive band programs to elementary schools.  

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October, 2018
Band is under way!!!
Throughout the year you will be receiving communications from both your director and the Music Education Services office. This monthly newsletter will be sent from our office so be looking out for it at the beginning of every month! It will include upcoming eventstips to encourage your young musician and other important information about the program. 
Thank you for your support and for making instrumental music education possible! If you should ever have any questions or concerns with band, please feel free to contact us. 
This year is off to a great start and we are committed to offering quality instrumental music education for your student.  We look forward to working with you and your student to help enrich your family and your school community with the gift of music.
Website Information
Visit for resources that support student success!
  • Click on the My Teacher tab to find your band director's website. It has class schedules, concert information, and more!
  • Check out the Students tab for instrument videos and theory games. 
  • The News and Events tab includes recent newsletters and important dates coming up. 
How to Practice
Learning to play an instrument is a skill and must be practiced at home to ensure student success. Creating a daily practice routine in a effective environment is essential for student achievement.  
 Here are some tips to help you get started:
  1. Find a consistent place for your child to practice, away from distractions. 
  2. Make sure they are either standing or seated in a supportive chair, and they are using a music stand to hold their music at eye level. 
  3. Have a plan!
    • Practice should start with a warm up and scales(rudiments for percussion). 
    • After warming up, students should then review book assignments. Each assigned line in the book should be played SEVERAL times in order to improve.
    • After book assignments, go over performance pieces. Intermediate and Advanced Band members have sheet music to work on for concerts. Students should find and play through difficult passages SEVERAL times until they can be played effortlessly. 

4. Use internet based resources to make practicing and learning more exciting and accessible.

    • Students using  Essential Elements book 1 or book 2 can sign up for Essential Elements interactive (EEi) or use Both have a music studio where students can play along with a track for extra help. Instructions on how to sign up can also be found in the back of the lesson books.  Check with your director as to which platform is preferred.
    • If your child is having difficulty identifying note names, try making "music flash cards" to help your child identify notes. You can also play some music theory games on our website. 


Click HERE to view more practice tips and ideas! 
Be Prepared!!
To get the most out of band class, students must be prepared. All students should bring the following materials EACH DAY for band lessons:


1. Band Instrument
2. Band folder with the student's book and any sheet music distributed.
3. A pencil 
4. A music stand, if necessary


Although this may sound logical, it is amazing how many students will forget one or more of these materials!
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Two Minute Challenge
Band lessons are 40-45 minutes long, twice a week and sometimes lessons may be shorter. Every minute of band time counts. Can your child carefully set up his or her band instrument and stand (if necessary) in under 2 minutes?Make it a fun challenge for your child ... time them! 
Parent/Teacher Communication
Our teachers are only at your school twice a week and there many ways you may here from them.  Reminders will often be given to students in class to take home. Please check your child's band folder and sign practice charts (if applicable) on a weekly basis! You may also find practice charts, concert notices, extra rehearsal reminders, or special events flyers.
We Want to Know...
If you have any questions or comments on how the program is going, please let us know. Contact your director with questions regarding your child's progress or program specifics. Your teacher's information is listed below or you can also visit the teacher's webpage at  
Questions concerning billing or any other matters, please feel free to contact our office at 847.805.1800 or email us at Our office is open Monday thru Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
You can also find us on Facebook for resources and important information!
Contact Your Director
This year, Music Education Services is providing band programs to 110 schools and has enrolled 2,300 students. We are also pleased to welcome our new teachers, Mr. Jim Ellis and Ms. Katherine Hebbard to our staff.  Find your director's contact info below:  

Kyle Anderson  847-337-1127
Michael Auz   708-908-0183 
Tim Bennett  773-824-6725
Przemyslaw Bosak 858-952-9680
Jim Ellis
Tom Foster  630-464-0146 
Katherine Hebbard
Stefan Kocelko
Maxine Lange
Mark Nelson 
Johnathan Novak
Btittany Rennels
Rebecca Rome
Sue Puetz 815-494-5469
Charles Shapera 847-338-5789
Robert Slater 847-946-0088
Madonna Swenson 312-518-4330
Andrew Szymanski 630-373-2920
Kim Taube 847-400-4231
Sharon Walker 630-991-0062
Music Education Services | 847-805-1800 | |
1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007