5th Gr. Instrumental Music

This is the year we begin your life-long adventure into playing music!  Beginning instrumental music instruction is offered to all 5th grade students and covers the basics of playing a concert band instrument and reading music.  Lessons are scheduled by instrument, or similar instruments, once per week for 40 minutes. In addition to their instrumental class, band students will perform in 2 concerts  during the year.  High performing students will have the additional opportunity to participate in the all-district band which performs at the annual Visual & Performing Arts Night in May. 
    In order for a student to participate in the instrumental program they must:
    1. obtain an instrument
    2. purchase band method book and instrument specific accessories  
    Band is a course in which your child fulfills their 5th gr. music standards and Maine Guiding Principles. Therefore, students are assessed regularly through the preparation for class, completion of homework (home practice), performance of exercises, and concert repertoire.  The expected commitment to the band is through the first year.  This allows the student the full experience of individual lessons, small & large group work and a large group performance.  Please take this into consideration when allowing your student to make decision about their involvement in the program.
     In order for you child to succeed in this program, daily practicing is a necessity.  You, as a parent, can play a huge role in their success by monitoring your child’s practicing.  SOME IS BETTER THAN NONE!!!  It is greatly encouraged!  Students will bring home a practice record weekly to keep track of how much time they practice and what they specifically worked on. You, as the parent, are asked to sign this before it is returned to school.
    On-line rental arrangements continue this year.  Don't wait in line for a long time , make your arrangements through Music & Arts and have your child's instrument delivered to school.  Less hassle and less paperwork!
     Please come this night if: you want to rent/buy an instrument, own/have instrument and need the method book and supplies, you would like to meet me and ask any questions, have an instrument and need it inspected by me or our Music and Arts Centers representative.  You will need to purchase the method book, Essential Elements 2000 Book 1 and a music stand.  These are available  at the parent night.
     If you can not make the parent night and need to rent an instrument, you can do it online or go directly to the Music & Arts Center (formerly American Music) in West Falmouth.  Please call them at 1-800-873-2888 with questions.

Ms. Carlsson       
    Here is a band instrument demo from US Army Field Band in case your child missed the school one.

Instruments available for study include:
    Bb Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone
    French Horn
    *Percussion (Bell Kit & Practice Pad)

*  Percussion instruction begins with mallet technique. Snare drum technique is added when students have completed the bell portion of their book.    
    Students will also gain skills on additional percussion instruments as called for in individual concert pieces. All students must have a bell kit with drum practice pad for instruction. 

    Students will have the opportunity to perform in two concerts this year. The first concert will be around  the week of February vacation and the second in early June. High achieving students will also be invited to participate in the all-district band that performs at the Visual & Performing Arts Night in May.
2018-2019 Concert Schedule
BCES -  Feb. 27 1:30 in Gym
June 6, 7PM in Gym

HBE - Feb. 12  10 AM in Gym
June 4 , 7PM in Gym

HE - Feb. 15 1:45 in Cafeteria
June 7,  7PM in Cafeteria

GEJ - March 6 28 1:30 in Gym
June 5,  7PM in Gym

All-District Concert* 
@ Visual Performing Arts Night

May 22, 2019
Arrive: 6:00PM
Warm-up: 6:15PM
Concert 7:15PM
* Participation for this concert is by invitation.

Casco Bay Wind Symphony

Educational Outreach Program

Casco Bay Wind Symphony (CBWS) is committed to providing youth with exceptional experiences in the wind band tradition. In fulfilling this mission, CBWS offers all children/students (to 18) free entrance to all our concerts. In addition, CBWS is now offering families of Bonny Eagle 5th Gr. Band students the drastically discounted group rate of $5 per adult/senior ticket. Please make requests through our google form found on Ms. Carlsson’s webpage or the following link:


HBE - 4/4/19                GEJ - 4/11/19
      HE - 4/12/19                 BCES - 4/5/19
All demos for students held during school.

Online Course Selection Begins April 29:
             Registration HERE!!
Or register by the paper form sent home with your child. Print Paper Form

(6:00 PM):

May 1 @ Buxton Center Elem. in the Band Room
May 29 @ Hollis Elem. in the Band Room
If you can't make it.....
See Parent Info Night Presentation: HERE

Instrument Rental 
Rental arrangements may be made online after May 1, 2019 or at the Instrument Rental Night in the Sept. 24, 2019;

Instrument Rental Night 2019:
September 24, 6-7 PM 
BCES Band Room
Questions's About Rentals.....?
     Contact Music & Arts directly or our Music & Arts Representative.

By Phone:
Music & Arts Center - Call Center
Ken Bart - Educational Representative
(207) 318-7575

Need to repair an instrument.....?

Joe Bettencort (Woodwinds) - Cape Elizabeth

Michelle Boggs (Brass) - East Waterboro

Music & Arts (All instruments) - West Falmouth

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