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

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October, 2017
Dear Band Parent,
Recruiting is over and we are thrilled that 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 the office. It will include upcoming events, tips to encourage practicing, music advocacy facts, and other important information about the program. 
This year, Music Education Services is providing band programs to over 110 schools and has enrolled 2,300 students. We are also pleased to welcome our new teachers, Mr. Jonathan Novak, Mr. Bennett Konstans, and Mr. Przemyslaw Bosak.  
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. 
Steven A. Nierman 
Music Education Services
(847) 805-1800 
Website Information
Please take the time to visit Click on the "My Teacher" tab to find your band director's website. It has class schedules, concert information, and more! Have your child 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
Just as your child has homework for school, he or she will have band assignments to work on at home. Your child may be required to complete a practice record for the director each week. Because learning an instrument is a skill, it must be practiced at home on a regular basis to succeed. Make sure that you know your director's requirements for home practice and work to create a daily practice routine. Here are some tips to help you get started:
1. Find a regular place for your child to practice, away from distractions. Make sure they are either standing or seated in a supportive chair, and they are using a music stand to hold their music at a comfortable level. 
2. The practice routine should start with a warm up or 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. Students who are in Essential Elements book 1 or book 2 can sign up for Essential Elements interactive (EEi). EEi has a music studio where students can play along with a track for extra help. Instructions on how to sign up can be found in the back of newer lesson books or you can click here.
3. After book assignments, students should go over performance pieces. Most intermediate and advanced band members have sheet music to work on for their concerts. Students should find and play through difficult passages SEVERAL times until they can be played effortlessly. 
4. 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! 
What to Bring to Class
In order for your child to get the most out of band class, he or she must be prepared. Your child's director will have specific requirements on what the students need for class (check your child's band folder for notes on this). All students should bring the following materials EACH DAY for band lessons:


1. Band Instrument
2. Band folder, which includes the student's lesson book and any sheet music distributed       by the director
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
Most band lessons are 40-45 minutes long, twice a week. However, due to school schedules, some lessons may be shorter. Every minute of band time counts. Make sure your child can 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! 
Band Folder
One of the main sources of communication between your child's director and you is through notes sent home. Practice charts, notices of concerts, extra rehearsals, or special events will often be handed out to students in class to take home. Please check his or her band folder and sign practice charts (if applicable) on a weekly basis!
We Want to Know...
If you should have any questions or comments on how the program is going, please let us know. We encourage you to contact your director if you have any questions regarding your child's progress. Contact information is listed below, you can also visit the teacher's page on  
If you should have any 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.
Contact Your Director

Kyle Anderson  847-337-1127
Michael Auz   708-908-0183 
Tim Bennett  773-824-6725
Przemyslaw Bosak 858-952-9680
Tom Foster  630-464-0146 
Stefan Kocelko
Bennett Konstans
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
Monthly Music Fact
U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show "significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12."
- U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database
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1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
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