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Music Education Services Teacher

In addition to SmartMusic, private band lessons are available online through Zoom. They will be scheduled weekly through email using Signupgenius.

Hello band students and families,

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy while this virus runs its course.  We will be continuing to offer band.  Band lessons will be moving online during this time. During this fluid and challenging situation, we for your patience and flexibility as we all learn from this experience. Music Education Services has partnered with SmartMusic.com, which is providing FREE online music resources to students and teachers until June 30, 2020.

  • Using SmartMusic gives the students guidance and help. It allows them to assess their playing and continue to improve.
    • Instructions on how to sign up for your free smart music account are listed below.
    • Assignments will be given weekly, so have your student check their account frequently.
    • By using a device with a microphone, students can submit audio recordings of their assignments. They can submit as many times as they want!  (Even without a microphone, students can still work on the assignments and improve.)

Our goal is not to make this stressful for our families, but to keep our students learning and engaged throughout this extended closure.  Please feel free to reach out to me if your child needs extra help or guidance on any of the band assignments or if you have difficulty signing up for SmartMusic

Thank you!

Mr. Foster

SmartMusic free student account instructions:

In order to use the software, you need to create a SmartMusic account and join the class using the following codes:

Cross Beginners U64HK-AG64T                              Parkview Lower Beginners NVEF6-UKYC7

Cross Intermediates QMQCN-FP3PC                        Parkview Lower Intermediates GUTAN-7D74E

Cross Advanced 4RN7E-P633W                              Parkview Upper Advanced FEM7V-VG6AN

St. Mary Beginners TFFVY-Q34QU                          St. Joseph Beginners FTUPQ-QL2EE

St. Mary Intermediates WYLAM-CMKUR                     St. Joseph Intermediates 6HTME-RPGQN

St. Mary Advanced X4ZAR-3E7MD                          St. Joseph Advanced AUNMM-Q432U

Holy Angels Beginners XTC4E-7HRTX                    St. Irene Beginners KCZR4-JGTCE

Holy Angels Intermediates X6MUD-JUWDD              St. Irene Intermediates LG2E2-3J4RY

Holy Angels Advanced RH6LT-7RWUE                    St. Irene Advanced AHTHY-YE3AX

  1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
  2. When prompted, enter your band code.

Welcome to band 2019!

Get those instruments out and start practicing. Review scales, old book tunes and something fun.

Cross, Holy Angels, St. Irene, Performance DatesSt. Mary and Parkview:

Welcome to band 2019-2020!

Cross, Holy Angels, St. Irene, St. Mary and Parkview: Performance Dates

St. Joseph: Performances

Tom Foster’s Bio

  • Graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Jazz Studies
  • Over twenty years of teaching experience
  • Currently teaches at Cross Lutheran, Holy Angels, St. Irene, St. Mary, St. Joseph and Parkview Christian schools
  • Main instrument is trumpet