Nashville – NMS Music Room has been quite busy the past couple months as they prepared for their Spring Concert, Pep Band Games and Organizational Contest! NAfME (National Association for Music Education) recognizes the month of March as, “Music in Our Schools Month.” NMS students represented music in our schools very well this past month!
NMS music director, Amanda Pytlinski, talked about the importance and impact the past month’s performances have been for NMS music program during COVID. She states, “First, I’m am so thankful that our school has been able to have the option of in-person education this entire year. This would not have been possible without the dedication and leadership from our administration, teachers and staff at NMS. A huge thank you to our administration and board of education for leading us through one of the toughest years in the history of education. As I’m sure most of my colleagues would agree, this past year has tested and pushed everything as we knew it in our classrooms. For the music room, the most challenging part has been planning performances. Our recent Spring Concert in March was the first concert we have performed at with a crowd since December 2019. All concerts since then have either been canceled during remote teaching last spring or have been live streamed concerts the past fall and winter. The impact of having an in person crowd at our concerts is huge for our students. The best thing about finally being able to safely have an in person crowd was watching the students be proud of something. Watching them come back to the music room after the concert saying, ‘We rocked that!’ makes all the hard work worth it! Not only did they take pride in their concert, they managed to receive some of the best scores in recent NMS history at our contest! Watching students pull together and push through all the difficulties from COVID has been incredible and motivates me to be a better teacher. This is definitely a year to remember!”
NMS Spring Concert was March 27. Each music student was allowed to invite two family members to the concert. All family members wore masks and were appropriately distanced. NMS also competed in their own Organizational Contest. IGSMA (Illinois Grade School Music Association) was not able to host contest this year due to COVID. In turn, Pytlinski took it upon herself to hire judges from Trenton, Troy, Collinsville and Nashville to come to NMS for contest. The contest and judging requirements were set up exactly like normal contest. Pytlinski is proud to announce that NMS Music Program’s Concert Band, Jazz Band and Concert Choir all received 1st Superior ratings! (1st Superior is the highest possible score given at contest.) Mrs. Pytlinski states, “This is a HUGE achievement for our program! It is very difficult to receive overall 1st superior ratings from all judges. What a year to make this happen! I am so proud of everything our students have accomplished this year despite all of the setbacks and hardships they have encountered. Congratulations NMS music students for a well-deserved win!”
NMS Music Department sends a special thank you to: Lucas Morgan, NMS Choir accompanist, Steve Browne for adding percussion to our music, John Mills, Ryan Pytlinski and NMS Administration, teachers and staff for all their efforts in making our performances possible.
Up next is IGSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest. NMS music students are currently gearing up and preparing 42 solos to compete at contest. This year, students will video record their solo and post it online for judges. Scores will be posted soon. Good luck to NMS music students!