August 20, 2018
Instrumental Music Students and Parents,
Welcome to our new students and welcome back to those of you returning to the program! I have had the opportunity to meet many of you and I am so excited to start this year.
For those of you I have not yet had the chance to meet, my name is Lauren Gibson and I am the new Instrumental Music Teacher. I grew up in Seattle, WA and completed my Bachelors of Music at the University of Montana with a double major in Music Education and Flute Performance. I then returned to Seattle where I taught K-5 General Music for four years at West Mercer Elementary. I then decided to continue my professional development and accepted a position as a Graduate Assistant at the University of the Pacific in the sunny state of California. Last year, I was the Instrumental Director at Las Lomas High School. I am thrilled to become a part of this community and make music at Acalanes!
At Acalanes, we offer a full program of performance opportunities and activities for our instrumental students, and take great pride in the high musical level of our performance ensembles. Our students enjoy participation in three Concert Bands, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, CMEA Solo and Ensemble Festivals, County and State Honor Ensembles, Pep Band, Chamber Ensembles, community outreach events, and many more.
The beginning of any school year is exciting and we will settle into a groove throughout the first couple weeks. This is especially true for the music department as we make adjustments to personnel, instrumentation, music selection, equipment assignments, locker assignments, etc. If you have any questions about the program or placement, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please read over the following handbook during the next week. This is an excellent resource for all information about what will happen during the school year. It details class requirements, materials needed, as well as the calendar for this year. Take a few minutes to integrate the performance schedule with your family calendar. All performances are required and this will help everyone stay organized!
Please contact me anytime via phone or email if you have questions. I look forward to all of the expression, creativity, cooperation, and growth that occurs in the music classroom.
Ms. Lauren Gibson
Instrumental Music Director