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    Welcome to the Wilder Chaparral Band Website!

    The mission of the Wilder Intermediate Band is to help students become an active member of their communities, learn to work together with peers, and develop a life long love for music. I am excited to continue working with the Schertz community and their band students for 2020-2021 school year. This website is currently being updated and may have information from the previous school year. Please browse the following FAQ and email me if you have any questions about our new 5th Grade Introduction to Band course, which all 5th grade students will get to experience, or the 6th Grade Beginning Band courses. 

     

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    5th Grade Fine Arts: Introduction to Band 

    9 Week Course

    1. Will I need to purchase any materials or instruments for my child?
      • Students will not need to purchase anything to be successful in this class.
    2. How is the course structured?
      • Students will attend band for a 5 week portion in the fall semester and learn concepts of musicianship as they apply to being in band. We will learn on about the different band instruments as well as be introduced to the qualities of each band instrument offered in beginning band.
      • In the spring semester, students will revisit band for 4 weeks. We will continue learning music fundamentals and begin the instrument selection process for all students interested in band. 
    3. Will there be an investment if my child decides to do band in 6th grade?
      • There will be an investment that depends on what instrument is chosen and whether you rent or buy. Students will also be required to have supplies for those instruments that will be necessary for learning and cleaning the instrument. There are many different options to consider when it comes to investing in items for band so it is best to ask me questions so that you can ensure that your investment is worth it. I am happy to help you navigate this!
      • There is also a time investment, and a student's success depends directly on the effort put in! Being a part of the band is a very fulfilling experience that leads to many wonderful and fun opportunities. As parents or guardians, I will need your help so that we can work together to ensure they get the most out of that experience.

     6th Grade Beginner Band

    Full Year Course 

    1. Will I need to purchase new materials or instruments for my child?
      • Parents who have signed their child up for band should have an email about which class their child is in based on their 1st and 2nd instrument choices. If you've not received that email or are new to the district please email Mrs. Edwards.
      • Supply lists are available upon request.
    2. What will my child learn?
      • How to care for and play their instruments 
      • Music thoery and history
      • How to practice skills and problem solve
      • How to communicate and lead
    3. Can my child quit during the school year?
      • I think it is important to see something through from start to finish. Students will want to quit when it gets hard and it's our job to encourage them. It is for this reason that I do not let the students quit when it gets hard.
      • There are special circumstances that are solved on a case by case basis but 99% of the time a realization is made and the student ends up wanting to stay in band.
      • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE reach out if your child wants to be in band but there is a financial concern.
    4. What precautions will be taken this year regarding CoVid-19?
      • We are developing a plan and once one is developed you will be notified. In the meantime, I am working with other band directors to make online resources for our curriculum. I had great successes with my 6th grade students last year, and this included teaching new concepts to students. 

     

Mrs. Courtney Edwards

Phone: 2106194200

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor in Music Studies with an emphasis in instrumental teaching

Mrs. Courtney Edwards

Courtney Edwards is a native of San Antonio, TX. She developed a love for music at a young age, and was very excited to begin playing trombone in her 6th grade year. Those experiences in middle school band helped shape her character and ultimately made her want to teach band at the beginning level. Mrs. Edwards is excited to be able to do just that, and best of all, do it in the district that helped make her in to the musician she is today. 

 
Mrs. Edwards graduated from Texas State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. She studied trombone with Dr. Martin McCain and performed with the Texas State Trombone Choir at events including The International Trombone Festival and The Big 12 Trombone Conference. She also performed with the Texas State Bobcat Marching Band, the Symphonic Winds as their principal trombonist, and the Jazz Lab Band.
 
This is Mrs. Edwards' sixth year to teach music in school and she could not be more excited to share her love of music with her students! She is looking forward to a great a year!