August 16, 2019

Dear Scorpion Musicians and Families,

I am excited to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year as a member of the Skinner Band and Orchestra Program! My name is Theresa Smith and I will be your child’s band or orchestra teacher for this school year. This will be my third year at Skinner, and my 12th as a music teacher. As we embark on a new school year, I hope to provide detailed information about our program and answer any questions you might have about your child’s participation in music.

As a member of an instrumental ensemble, students will explore music from a variety of genres and cultures, create their own compositions, improvise on their instrument, and examine how music plays a role in our lives everyday. Student musicians will be active participants in their learning, sharing ideas and collaborating with one another to create music. Most importantly, they will learn how to confidently and proudly perform for our friends, family and community!

This week, your student will be receiving a Skinner Band and Orchestra handbook with detailed information about how they will be graded, requirements for the course, concert uniform, concert dates and much more. A signed handbook form will need to be returned to Skinner by Friday, August 30.

Throughout the school year you can expect to receive detailed communication regarding performances, curriculum, field trips, activities, and student progress. In the meantime, I hope you will check out our website (skinnermsmusic.com). This website contains information about what we are doing in music, how to rent or purchase an instrument, find private lessons instructors if you are interested, and much more.

I am looking forward to a great year making amazing music!

Theresa Smith

Instrumental Music

Skinner Middle School

Phone: 720.424.1506

Email: theresa_smith2@dpsk12.org


Monday, May 6, 2019

Hello Scorpion Musicians and Families,

Our final Skinner music concert is just around the corner! Please join us for a night of music celebrating our band, orchestra and choir musicians.

The Spring Concert is on Friday, May 17 at 6:30PM in the North High School auditorium. Orchestra students will need to report to the auditorium by 5:30pm in order to warm up and tune. All band students will need to report to the auditorium by 6pm. This performance includes Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band and Choir.

This performance mandatory for all students, and is a major assessment grade for the class. Students are required to stay for the duration of the performance as part of their grade, and to support their peers that are in other performing groups. There will be a student sign in table in the lobby in front of the auditorium.

Concert attire for this performance will still be black dress bottoms (slacks/skirt, no jeans please), white dress top, and solid black shoes.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me! We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you,

Mrs. Smith


***CONCERT RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 19***

Our March collaboration concert with North High School has been officially rescheduled for Tuesday, March 19th. We will still be performing in the North High gymnasium at 6:30pm. Band students should plan to be in their seats for warm up at 6pm while orchestra students should be ready for warm up and tuning at 5:30pm.

All other original information has stayed the same. Please refer to the letter below for additional details.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Mrs. Smith at theresa_smith2@dpsk12.org

Monday, March 11, 2019 - March Performance

Hello Scorpion Musicians and Families,

Our collaboration concert with North High School is just a few days away! We will be performing a variety of pieces for you, ranging from standard band and orchestra pieces to pop tunes. You will hear music performed by all Skinner bands and orchestras, as well as the North High instrumental ensembles. It is going to be a great show!This performance is on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30PM in the North High School gymnasium. Orchestra students will need to report to the gym by 5:30pm in order to warm up and tune. All band students will need to report to the gym by 6pm.

Parking for the performance can be found in front of North’s main entrance off of 32nd Avenue. Students can enter the building through the main entrance, or they may enter directly through the gymnasium which is accessible by walking or driving down the driveway past the athletic field.

As a reminder, this performance is mandatory, and is a major assessment grade for the class. All students are required to stay for the duration of the performance as part of their grade, and to support their peers that are in other performing groups. There will be a student sign in at North.

Concert attire for this performance will still be black dress bottoms (slacks/skirt, no jeans please), white dress top, and solid black shoes.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the phone number or email below. See you Thursday!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - Congrats to Citywide Orchestra Musicians!

Skinner had a huge turnout of student's who participated in Citywide Honor Orchestra this past weekend. Students had to audition for a spot in the orchestras, where they played alongside the top musicians from all over Denver Public Schools. We were very lucky to perform at the beautiful Newman Center at the University of Denver. Everyone put on a fantastic concert. We are so proud of our Scorpion Musicians!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hello Scorpion Musicians and Families,

We are just two weeks away from our annual band and orchestra Winter Concert! The students and I are excited to share with you what we have learned so far this school year.

The Winter Concert is on Friday, December 14th at 6:30PM in the North High School auditorium. Orchestra students will need to report to the auditorium by 5:30pm in order to warm up and tune. All band students will need to report to the auditorium by 6pm. This performance includes Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band and Choir.

Our Winter Concert is mandatory for all students, and is a major assessment grade for the class. As a friendly reminder, all students are required to stay for the duration of the performance as part of their grade, and to support their peers that are in other performing groups. There will be a student sign in and check out table in the lobby in front of the auditorium.

Concert attire for this performance will still be black dress bottoms (slacks/skirt, no jeans please), white dress top, and solid black shoes.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Thank you,

Mrs. Smith

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Saludos a los músicos Escorpiones y sus familias:

¡Faltan apenas dos semanas para nuestro Concierto de invierno con banda y orquesta! Los estudiantes están emocionados por compartir con ustedes lo que hemos aprendido en lo que va del año escolar.

El Concierto de invierno tendrá lugar el viernes, 14 de diciembre a las 6:30 p. m. en el auditorio de la Escuela Preparatoria North. Los estudiantes de la orquesta deben reportarse al auditorio a las 5:30 p. m. para prepararse y afinar. Todos los estudiantes de la banda deben reportarse al auditorio a las 6 p. m. Esta representación incluye a la Banda de principiantes, la Orquesta de principiantes, la Banda de conciertos, la Orquesta de cámara, la Banda de jazz y al Coro.

Nuestro Concierto de invierno es obligatorio para todos los estudiantes, y conlleva una de las calificaciones de evaluación importantes para esta materia. Les recordamos que todos los estudiantes deben permanecer durante todo el espectáculo como parte de su calificación, y apoyar a sus compañeros que forman parte de los otros grupos que participan en el concierto. Habrá una mesa en el vestíbulo frente al auditorio para que los estudiantes se registren a la entrada y a la salida.

La vestimenta de concierto para esta representación sigue siendo pantalones o faldas negros de vestir (no llevar pantalones de mezclilla), camisa de vestir blanca y zapatos negros unicolores.

Si tienen alguna pregunta o inquietud, comuníquense conmigo al teléfono o correo electrónico que se indican más adelante. ¡Esperamos con entusiasmo interpretar para ustedes!

Theresa Smith

October 29, 2018 - Fundraiser Pick-Up

We have received our date for fundraiser product pick-up. If your child sold any products for our fall fundraiser, they must be picked up during the date and time below. Please email Ms. Smith with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Delivery Date: Thursday, November 8th

Time: 3pm-6pm

Where: Science Wing Atrium

September 26, 2018 - Fundraising and Citywide Honor Auditions

The school year is in full swing and we are already making amazing music in the Skinner band and orchestra classes! There are also some very important events that are quickly approaching.

Great American Fundraiser - We have kicked off our fall music department fundraiser. Students received packets for the fundraiser last Thursday, September 20th. We greatly appreciate your support as we raise funds for our music program! In addition to the prizes and incentives available to students for their sales, the proceeds of this fundraiser will support the music department in raising funds for:

    • Annual Elitch's Music Festival Field Trip
    • Bringing in guest musicians to work with students and ensembles
    • Professional Performance Opportunities
    • New instruments, bows, and instrument repairs
    • New sheet music
    • A new sound system for the band/orchestra room with recording technology

Citywide Honor Auditions - If your student is interested in auditioning for Citywide Honor Band or Orchestra, detailed information about audition requirements, dates, locations, and times are all updated under the Citywide tab on this website. Students have also received audition materials in class.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Mrs. Smith


May 7, 2018 - Skinner Jazz Performs at the DPS Gala

Congratulations to the Skinner Jazz Band who did an outstanding job performing at the Denver Public Schools Foundation Gala. The students played a 45 minute set in the main lobby as guests entered and appreciated their music. Here is a picture of the ensemble. Thank you for representing our school through MUSIC!

February 11, 2018 - Citywide Honor Ensembles

Another month of school has passed, and during that time 40 of our band and orchestra students had the opportunity to participate in the Denver Citywide Honor Band and Orchestra. These students worked tirelessly to prepare audition and concert music, attending sectional rehearsals and office hours often. They got to spend a Friday at another school, rehearsing with the top musicians in the district and renowned conductors from the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado Honor Band and more. We are so proud of these students and the beautiful music they created in such a short period time. Check out pictures from the events below!

Check out these great pics from the Skinner Fall Festival performance! Outstanding job by all!