7/8 Middle School Band Back to School Night Presentation
RAS Back to School Night Presentation
Band Sign-Up Info
Please read through EVERYTHING here and then click here to sign up on the google form!
Who is in band?
Students in 4th, 5th, or 6th grades may enroll in band. New players will be placed in the beginner groups and others with more playing experience can audition for the advanced groups. In order to participate in the instrumental program, you are required to participate in full group rehearsals, weekly lessons, and concerts.
How do lessons work? (In a normal year)
Instrumental students get one lesson per 6 day cycle in school. They are small group lessons on like instruments. These are pull-out lessons on a rotating basis. For example, if your lesson is on day 1, your lesson is always on day 1, but the time of your lesson will rotate from week to week…the first week the lesson will meet during time block 1..the next week it will meet during time block 2. This means the student will not miss the same subject each time they are at a lesson. Students are responsible for work missed in their class. Students will be excused from instrumental lessons for tests. Students will be required to log their weekly practice time as directed by the teacher. Students should attend make-ups if they must miss a lesson.
Virtual :Lessons can be done virtual as well in small groups or one on one.
When do the full groups meet? (in a normal year)
Lessons start in September for everyone. Full group rehearsals start in January for beginners. (These rehearsals are in addition to lessons.) Beginner band meets on Fridays before school at 7:45 AM. ) Full group rehearsals start in September for advanced students. As students get older, the advanced band meets before school on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:45. Students are allowed to miss six early morning rehearsals for each concert or they do not perform. All students may do chorus as well, we will work out any conflicts with morning rehearsals with Mrs. Taraboccia.
If virtual, other meets will happen but muted, as full ensembles cannot rehearse in real time virtually.
How do I obtain an instrument?
If you do not own an instrument, we use Music and Arts Center in Paramus. Other locations in Millburn, Wayne, and Ramsey. Go online at musicarts.com to put in your rental information. You are free to rent from wherever, but Music and Arts visits the school weekly for repair pick-ups and such.
If you already own an instrument, please make sure it is in good working condition by September. Rental instruments at this point can be shipped to your home or picked up curbside at Music and Arts with an appt.
-I DO NOT recommend instruments from amazon that are around $100 or less by Glory, Mendini, Cecilio brand, novelty colors etc. Please check with me first if you are buying something right away.
Does my child get a grade in instrumental music?
Students get a report card grade for band each marking period. Grades will be based on signed practice sheets, participation, and any written or playing assessments.
Questions?? Feel free to e-mail me.
Other important info:
Please make sure you add on the correct required book and optional accessories for your instrument to your rental order.
Book: Essential Elements for Concert Band Book 1 for your instrument (Combined perc for percussion)
Clarinet/Sax/Oboe will need extra reeds.
Percussionists will need a stick bag.
Music stand and cleaning kits good but optional