Welcome Fifth Graders!
Music education gives students unique ways of knowing and displaying their knowledge. Music draws on multiple intelligences and accommodates a variety of learning styles. We are privileged to have the opportunity to share music making with the students in New Albany Middle School.
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Band instrument choices for 6th grade include flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and baritone. Percussion is an option after additional screening, and some kids are invited to switch from a wind instrument to percussion during the fall. Additional instrument choices/switch options become available after 6th grade. For example, clarinet is the gateway instrument for saxophone. We STRONGLY urge parents to bring your 5th grader to the a fitting on March 13, 14, or 15 between 4 and 7:30 at the Middle School Band room. You can also visit stores such as Rettig Music or Music and Arts for a fitting, just be sure to let us know what instrument you have selected. These stores are well acquainted with our program and staffed with very reliable experts to help your family find a best fit. Here is the link for the 2017 fittings schedule.
Accessory and supply list for all band instruments (This document is also available to download by clicking on "attachments" at the bottom of this page.) There may be some new brands that become available after this posting, please contact a teacher if you have questions. Chances are that if you are purchasing from Rettig Music, Music and Arts, or Buckeye Brass and Winds, their products and guidance will be reliable. Students will need all instruments and accessories for the first week of school. Please arrange for your repairs, rentals and purchases accordingly.