F.A.Q.’s



When are the band's performances scheduled?

See Schedule of Events



What do I need to know about the Memorial Day parade?

Each year the Acton elementary school bands march as a combined band in the Memorial Day parade on Memorial Day. Please watch for the notice coming home around April.



When are lessons?

See Lesson Schedule


How much should students practice?

This will change depending on the student, level of ability, and the instrument, but in any case should be happening at least once per day for about 20 minutes...not including set up and break down ;-)


My child is already playing an instrument before 5th grade, does s/he need to take the beginner class?

Each case is unique. Please contact Mr. Arsenault to discuss placement. garsenault@abschools.org


Where can I get the instrument/supplies?

See the Instrument notes page


My child started last year. How do I sign up for the second year?

All registrations will be handled through the Acton-Boxborough Community Education Program. Once in the registration portal, search for band and select the appropriate school, instrument, and level. https://abce.abschools.org/

or simply call Community Education directly at (978) 266-2525, Fax #: (978) 266-2540




My child has completed his/her first year in the program. They are planning to continue next year. Should I return the rental over the summer?

You should not return the instrument over the summer. The David French Music rental is a rent-to-own program. If you return the rental you will lose what you have paid for the instrument to date. If you don't want to continue managing a monthly payment, an alternative would be to purchase the instrument. David French Music will sell you the instrument for 30% off of your remaining balance.



My child needs help reading music, what should they do?

There are many methods to reading music though this is the order I would take to learn your notes.

  1. Daily take time with a system. Whatever system works for you, do it daily! You are learning a new language and good things take time
  2. Use the first few pages in the Accent on Achievement book or the provided note reading material by your lesson teacher
  3. Treble and Bass Cat apps
    1. https://melodycats.com/
    2. Great games to teach note names!
  4. Websites like this one
    1. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Read-Sheet-Music-for-Beginners/
  5. Instrument Racer is a great series for note learning! (Better than there "Playalong Instrument" series)
    1. http://www.atplaymusic.com/our-apps/
  6. Ultimately, do what you have to and memorize these notes (Trumpets, Clarinets, Flutes, Saxophones, Bells learn top line. Trombones learn bottom line.)

Should my child get private lessons? Where can we get them?

While the instrumental music staff works hard to give your child a thorough education on their instrument, there are severe time limitations to half-hour group lessons. Private lessons are certainly encouraged if possible to increase your child's chances at feeling successful with their instrument.


There are many places available for private lessons, including many teachers who work independently. Your child's group lessons teacher may take private students. A few local schools are:


Acton-Boxborough Community Education

Administration Building

15 Charter Road, Acton, MA 01720

Phone # (978) 266-2525; Fax # (978) 266-2540

http://abce.abschools.org


Acton Music Center

277 Central, Acton, MA 01720

(978) 263-9288

Email: action@net1plus.com

http://www.actionmusic.com


Indian Hill Music Center

36 King Street, Littleton, MA 01460

(978) 486-9524

Email: infoindianhillmusic.org

http://www.indianhillmusic.org


The Minor Chord

80 King Street, Littleton, MA 01460

(978) 264-0299

http://www.theminorchord.com


The Music Maker School

358 Great Road, Acton, MA 01720

Phone: 978-263-4757; Fax: 978-263-9601

Email: info@musicmakerschool.com

www.musicmakerschool.com


(for drummers only)

Boston Drum

6 Ledge Rock Way #1, Acton, MA

(978) 263-7618

www.bostondrum.com



If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact:


Dorian Mohar

Elementary Band Director

dmohar@abschools.org


or


George Arsenault

Director of Performing Arts

Acton Public and Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools

978-264-4700 x3415

garsenaoult@abschools.org