Dear 5th Grade Parents,

    We are very proud to say that our music program involves over 300 students!  The LCMS music program is a source of pride to all involved.  Music students consistently play to “sell-out” crowds at our many concerts throughout the year!  The purpose of this letter is to offer information and, hopefully, to answer some of the questions you may have concerning our music program at Lindero Canyon Middle School.

    Why should my child join the music program?

    Besides the simple fact that he or she will learn to sing or play a musical instrument and to read music, there are many other strong reasons for anyone to be involved in a music program.

    Being in music…

    • Encourages cooperation and teamwork.
    • Adds to self-worth, self-confidence, and pride.
    • Fosters discipline and commitment.
    • Encourages diligence and hard work.
    • Requires patience, a rare commodity in our society!
    • Increases students’ academic capability (proven by recent university studies).
    • Contributes to school and community development. 

    …and being in a music class is fun!

    Does my child have to know how to play an instrument already?

    • ABSOLUTELY NOT!  In beginning band and beginning strings we start from square one!  The students have the opportunity to choose an instrument, learn how to play that instrument, and learn how to read music!

    What instrument will my child be playing?

    • We will demonstrate the various instruments during the first week of class.  The students, with our guidance, will be able to select from a number of choices.  Careful consideration is taken at this point to insure that students are matched with instruments that they want to play and which are appropriate for them physically.

    What if my child already plays an instrument?

    (playing piano does not count as a band or orchestra instrument)

    • Great!  Contact us so that we can arrange a time to hear your child play.  If your child is far enough along, he/she may be placed in one of our more advanced groups.  You may contact Dr. Fried by phone at 818-889-2134 x32346 or by email at gfried@lvusd.org.  You may contact Mr. McKagan by phone at 818-889-2134 x 32347 or by email at mmckagan@lvusd.org

    Something to consider:

    • This may be the only opportunity that your child will have to learn an instrument, as beginning instrument classes are generally not taught at the high school and college levels.  One of the main emphases of our program is to give each student a fundamental knowledge of music.  Once this knowledge is attained, students will go on to better appreciate and to understand the music that they hear.

    Is it true that being involved in music had helped students get into college?

    • ABSOLUTELY!  In fact, many students receive scholarships because of their music.  Many overcrowded universities give students who were actively involved in their school’s music program a noticeable edge over other students.  They have found that students who have participated in music programs tend to be more creative, harder working, dependable, and add more to their school. 

     By the way, did you know that students who study music for four or more years score higher on the SAT exam than those who have never studied music?  It’s true!

    Our Goal:

    • Our goal is to encourage all students, through music, to be the best they can be.  I set high musical goals and, using a positive approach, motivate the students to reach those goals.

    In a short time you and your child will have to decide on an elective choice for next year.  We hope you will consider letting your son/daughter become a member of our Music program next year.  Hopefully, we have answered all of your questions about choosing strings, band, or choir.


                Dr. Gregory Fried                                                                                             Matt McKagan

                Choir and Strings Director                                                                                 Band Director