• Hello! Welcome to Ast/Coe Instrumental Music!

    Name: Mr. Michael Stadnicki
    Email Address: mstadnicki@pdsd.org
     

     

    Welcome to Instrumental Music!
    Lots of progress has been in the making!
     
    Please access the online handbook under the "Important Documents" tab.

     
    Extra Help Available!

    Aston students may sign up for a time slot in order to catch up, get ahead, and simply for the pleasure of playing their instruments!  Cost free, it provides a little more individualized attention.  Aston students can schedule an extra lesson for Mondays, Tuesdays, and some Fridays.  Coebourn students can schedule for Wednesdays and some Thursdays.  Please arrange a time and date with Mr. Stadnicki ahead of time.

      

    LESSONS

    Coebourn

    Wednesday:  All 5th-Grade students

    Thursday: All 4th-Grade students

     

    ASTON

    Monday:  4th-Grade (Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Drum (204), and Glockenspiel)
     
    Tuesday:  4th-Grade (Saxophone, Trombone, Drum), 5th-Grade Beginners

    Friday:  "A" Band 5th-Grade

      

     

    Winter Rehearsal Dates:


    Coebourn "A"dvanced Band
     

    October 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5

     

    Aston "A"dvanced Band

    October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7

     

     

     
    *****Students need to arrive for rehearsals and be unpacked by 8 AM.  Unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances, all rehearsals require mandatory attendance.  Please contact me with any conflicts as soon as possible.  If transportation is an issue, I would be more than happy to work with you to arrange a car pool.
     
     

     

     

     

     

    Private Lessons

    Just as a student can take piano lessons from a private teacher, there are private teachers available in the area that specialize in specific band instruments.  Having the opportunity to study an instrument privately with a professional of that instrument allows for more individualized attention and success.  This is another great way for a student to excel.  Prices depend upon each individual teacher.  Please click on the Private Music Teacher List link on the left!

     

     

     


     

    Why We Teach Music

     

    Music is a Science – It is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics.   A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph that indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once – and with the most exact control of time. 

     

    Music is Mathematical – It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions, which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.

     

    Music is a Foreign Language – Most of the terms are Italian, German, or French; and the notation certainly is not English – but is highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.   The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

     

    Music is History – Music usually reflects the environment and time of its creation, often reflecting the country and/or feeling.

     

    Music is Physical Education – It requires fantastic coordination of the fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles, in addition to the extraordinary control of the diaphragm, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

     

     
    Music is all of these things, but most of all,

    Music is Art – It allows a human being to take all of these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion.   That is the one thing that science cannot duplicate; humanism, feeling, emotion – call it what you will.

     

    *** THAT IS WHY WE TEACH MUSIC!

     

    Not because we expect students to major is music… Not because we expect you to play your instrument all your life… Not so you can relax… Not so you can have fun… BUT… so you will be human, so you will recognize beauty, so you will be sensitive, so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world, so you will have something to cling to, so you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good… in short, more life.

     

    Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?

     

    THAT IS WHY WE TEACH MUSIC!