FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO MAY JOIN BAND AND ORCHESTRA?
Any 5th or 6th grader can join and learn an instrument!
WHEN DO CLASSES MEET?
Band and Orchestra classes meet at school, 2 times a week during the school day. Students are responsible for making up any missed work in their classroom. We will start after Rental Night, so look for a schedule in your classroom.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Lessons are FREE! Students will need to buy a book ($10) and any supplies needed for their instrument. Some instruments take more to maintain than others, so be sure to ask the music stores.
WHAT ABOUT AN INSTRUMENT?
Students have several music stores from which to rent and rentals usually cost between $20 and $40 per month. Some stores give discounts for the first couple months, so you can make sure this is what you want to do. The school has some instruments students may borrow for $125 for the school year. Scholarships are available for these school instruments as well, but you must purchase your own supplies (about $20-40, depending on instrument choice). Music stores accept cash, check, or credit cards.
WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD AN INSTRUMENT?
Students on Free or Reduced Lunch can get a reduced fee for their instrument if they borrow from the school. We do have a limited supply, so be sure to have a 2nd or 3rd choice in mind if you can’t get your favorite. Signups for school-owned instruments will take place at Rental Night but you must purchase your own supplies and book. You must bring your Free/Reduced Lunch documentation to the meeting to qualify OR bring cash or check for payment.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN INSTRUMENT THAT I HAVE BORROWED FROM A FRIEND?
Please take it to a music store to make sure it is playable. Band and Orchestra classes can be very frustrating to a new student if the instrument doesn’t play properly. There will be someone at Rental Night who can assess your instrument and let you know what repairs may cost.
WHAT IF I FIND AN INEXPENSIVE INSTRUMENT AT A GARAGE SALE OR THE INTERNET?
Again, make sure it is playable before you buy it! Do a little research and make sure it is a quality instrument so you don’t have to pay a lot of money for repairs later. If you aren’t sure, talk to Ms. Woodley or Ms. Rutka, or take it to a music store for evaluation. If it is a deal that sounds too good to be true, it most likely is!
HOW MUCH TIME AFTER SCHOOL DOES IT TAKE TO BE IN BAND OR ORCHESTRA?
We have 3 concerts each year that instrumental music students are responsible to attend. A concert schedule will be posted in our first newsletter. Students are also expected to practice about 10 minutes per day. Make sure you are willing to commit to practicing before you sign up!
HOW LONG IS THE COMMITMENT FOR BAND AND ORCHESTRA?
Band and Orchestra is a yearlong commitment. However, if after the first concert you decide together, parent and child, that instrumental music isn’t working for you, we can discuss the issues and work something out. Let’s work together to have a great year!