Our trip to New York City is quickly approaching!
You might want to read some of this information to help you to learn about what we are going to see and hear:


A few details:

  • Students should bring a bagged lunch
  • Students should not bring backpacks
  • Students should arrive at the Central Islip Train Station at 8:10am (Corner of Suffolk Avenue and Broadway – Near Mulligan School)
  • At the end of the day, students should be picked up at 3:25, right when the train arrives in Central Islip

I can’t wait to start teaching lessons on Monday, September 23rd!

Beginners: Please read all of the information that I gave you in your folder!

Please do the YouTube activity that I shared with you in your folder.

Have your paper and a pencil ready!

Mr. Hait’s Suggestions for Practicing Band Music

  • Break your music up into small sections. First, try to master a 2 or a 4 measure section.
  1. First, try to Count the section of the music. Count it a few times – until you get good at it!
  2. Then, try to Sing the section of the music – Sing it a few times – until you are able to sing it at the same speed that you counted it
  3. Then, play the section of music several times – until you are able to play it at the same speed that you counted it and sang it!
  • Then, move on to a new section – the next 2 or 4 measures. Do the same routine.
  • After you master a few sections of music, try to combine the sections. Before you know it, you will have mastered the entire song!
  • Use the ‘Checklist’ for your song. If you are perfect at the first few sections, don’t play those sections again.  It is better to use your time to work on the other sections that you are having difficulty with.

Progress reports were recently mailed home and included detailed information about the progress of the students in the sixth grade band.  Many students are learning exceedingly well and progressing from week to week.  However, some students are not attending their weekly lessons.  Please make sure that your child has his or her ‘Lesson Card‘ and attends his or her lesson prepared with the instrument, folder, and book.  For more information about what we are doing in lessons, click here!

If a student misses his or her lesson for any reason, he or she is expected to make up the lesson during his or her 6th period lunch period or after school.