FAQ

How does my student join band or orchestra?
    You and your child should attend the Instrumental Music Information Night. Classes begin the week of August 29th so your child should come to the first band or orchestra class that day. Beginning classes do not need instruments the first day but will need it by their second class. All students need to register online on the Registration Form (see left). If you missed the Info Night or the first few classes, you can still join. Please email Ms. Green and have the student come to the next class they would like to join at their school (see Class Schedule to the left).

What is a "Go To Resource" class?
    A "Go To Resource" class is a class that students can choose to take during the school day. Students that choose instrumental music as an academic pursuit attend these classes and leave their classrooms during the school day to attend.

When are instrumental music classes?
    Instrumental music classes are held twice a week for 30 minutes during the school day. Classes will begin the week of August 29th. See the "Class Schedule" to the left.

How much does it cost?
    The classes are free! Parents are responsible for supplying an instrument, music stand, and a book for their student. The supplies will need to purchased from a local music store; the instruments can be purchased or rented from a local music store or rented from the school. It should be noted, however, that the school instruments are generally 20-25 years old and have had many users through the years. If renting from a store is possible, that should be your first choice. Of course, if you already own your own instrument, that would be fine to use as long as it is in working condition. If finances are a major concern, please talk to Ms. Green.

How do I know if my student is talented enough to play an instrument?
    Talent is only the beginning of anything - by itself, it is never enough. Though some students come with varying degrees of natural talent, every student is required to put in a certain amount of effort to become accomplished. All humans have musical capabilities! Making music is one thing that is universal in all human cultures without exception.

How will instrumental music affect my student's other academic courses?
    Students will miss some classroom time, which they will be responsible for making up on their own. However, most of our teachers are very understanding of this time. Research indicates that students who are involved in instrumental music do better in school than students who do not take instrumental music. Time management is a great skill learned in instrumental music - figuring out how to balance make-up work (if any) and homework and practice time.

What instrument can/should my child play?
   First year band instruments include: Flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, and percussion.
   Orchestra instruments are violin, viola, cello, and bass.
   Many parents are concerned about choosing the correct instrument for their child. One thing to remember is that it is the child that is playing the instrument and this is an area where they should have the complete choice. Many students will choose an instrument because they enjoy the sound of that instrument or because it is one that has always fascinated them. During assemblies at the beginning of the year, students will have a chance to play all of the instruments to help give them an idea of what instrument they want to play. As with any subject, students have strengths in different areas so there is not necessarily a general "easy" instrument, so students should pick one they feel comfortable playing and can make a sound out of easily. Please do not discourage your child from playing a particular instrument because it is too big! If they enjoy playing you will be much happier too.

My student already plays piano or guitar. Can they play it in band/orchrestra?
    No, piano and guitar are not an option, however, students who already play an instrument typically have a much easier time picking up another (please see above list of instruments that can be chosen). I do allow one or two piano and guitar players in my Jazz Band, which students can join in November of their second year.

What does research say about music instruction?
    There has been a great deal of research done about the affects of music instruction on children. Research indicates that music does help the brain to work more efficiently and, as a consequence, students do better in school when they have music instruction.

My student is active in many other activities. How much time outside of school will this involve?
    Not much. Beginning students have two concerts that are after school and part of their grade in instrumental music. Advanced students have four concerts and three after school rehearsals. (Please see the calendar or home page for a complete listing of these events for the school year.) Students are also expected to practice at home. Generally students should practice at least 20 minutes 5 days a week or 15 minutes every day. Only consistent practice will help them to gain the full benefits of instrumental music instruction. I have found in my teaching experience that students who put in the work to be successful at playing their instrument have more fun in class.
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