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Beginning Students

All of this information can be answered in the  Confirmation letter which can be downloaded and printed under the Documents/Letters subpage of your child's school.
Here are some questions & answers to frequently asked questions by beginning students/parents about the Instrumental Music Program:
  • Does Instrumental Music Meet During Inclement Weather? -- Yes. Even if school is modified for a two-hour delay/early closing your child should bring their instrument unless an annoucement is made otherwise.
  • My Child Plays a Large Instrument Can They Leave it at School? -- No. Your child must take their instrument back and forth from school so that they can practice. In most cases arrangements can be made to have one instrument at school and another at home. 
  • Can my Child Quit Band? -- No. Instrumental music is intended to be a year long course of study. Please be aware of this before you sign-up for band.
  • Does Instrumental Music Meet After School? -- No. Instrumental music occurs during the school day. Students are given a schedule that is changed every two weeks so that they don't miss the same class every time they have instrumental music.
  • Do I have to Make-Up Work Missed While I was in Band Class? -- Yes. It is your responsibility to complete or get anything you missed in class due to instrumental music. Often it helps to have a class buddy who can get extra copies of handouts for you or explain things that you missed.
  • How Much do I Have to Practice? -- You need to practice a minimum of 5 days a week for at least 30 minitues in order to receive an A for your homework.
  • Does the School Give Out Instruments? -- Yes. Instruments can be loaned out to students who are in need of an instrument and must be returned to Mr. Richardson at the end of the school year.
  • What Materials do I Have to Purchase for Class? -- All students must purchase a method book and instrument care kit. Some instruments may also need to purchase specific materials for their instrument such as reeds, valve oil, rosin etc.      
All students who play brass and wind instruments (oboe, flute, clarinet, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone) must purchase the following method book :
Measures of Success Book 1 

All students who play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) must purchase the following method book:

String Basics Book 1