Regina Elementary Band

2022 Recruiting letter to parents - be part of the music

Welcome to the Regina Elementary Band website!

My name is Mrs. Glass, and I have been teaching music for 22 years. My main instruments are clarinet and piano, but I also play flute, saxophone, trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba, percussion, and violin.

In 5th and 6th grade, students may choose to participate in band at Regina. Students have a 20 minute lesson once a week and a 40 minute full band class one or two times each week. To learn more about how to join the Regina Elementary Band, please go to the How to Join the Band tab on this website.

First Year Band

In First Year Band, students learn both music literacy and music performance skills. Students learn the basics of playing their instrument and music skills such as instrument assembly, proper instrument care, tone production, articulation, and music reading/literacy. Students use Standard of Excellece Book 1 in their lessons and in band class throughout the year. By the end of the year, 1st year band students will be proficient in reading and playing the music in this method book. In addition to the lessons books, students also will work on full band music. Through full ensemble activities, students learn basic ear training, improvisation, music theory, and composition skills. By playing in band, students learn the basic elements of ensemble playing, rehearsal strategies and concert ettiquette.

Regina Elementary Band FAQs: Click here for more information.

Choosing an instrument: Click here for more information.

Band Skills and Concepts: Click here for more information.

First Year Band supply list: Click here for more information.

How much should my student practice? Click here for more information.

How do you practice an instrument? Click here for more information.

Elementary band wish list - click here.


Second Year Band

Second Year Band builds upon the music literacy and music performance skills learned in beginning band. In lessons, students work out of Standard of Excellence Book 2. New music literacy skills are introduced, such as cut time, compound meter, and major/minor mode, and rhythms that include sixteenth notes. Students also refine their music performance skills, focusing on tone quality, intonation, breath support, and new articulation patterns. Students continue to work on ear training, improvisation, music theory, and composition skills through class activities.


PISA (Parents in Support of the Arts)

PISA is a Regina parent organization that raises funds to support ALL the arts programs at Regina, grades K-12. PISA supports art, music, band, choir, orchestra, speech, drama (plays and musicals) for both elementary and junior high/high school. If you are interested in joining PISA, finding out more about PISA, or helping with one of PISA's fundraisers or arts support efforts, please see the PISA section of Regina's website at https://regina.org/pisa/


15 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Music Lessons

from The Suzuki Triangle Blog by Christine E. Goodner

  1. Make a long term commitment. Studies show this is more important than any other factor in music students long term success.

  2. Believe they CAN do it. Suzuki teacher Alice Joy Lewis says that families she sees be successful are the ones that believe their child absolutely CAN learn to play well.

  3. Find the best teacher you can. A good teacher will help coach you through the rough patches and has the tools to help you turn things around when it’s feeling hard.

  4. Buy or rent a quality instrument. Playing on a bad instrument is like trying to run in bad shoes. If it’s really hard to make a beautiful sound, playing the instrument is not that motivating!

  5. Find out what motivates your child and do that thing. When your child gains more skills on the instrument the music they learn will be their motivation. At first they need help to want to practice. Figure out what motivates them and do that thing a lot

  6. Be encouraging. Don’t point out the 10 things your child is doing wrong. They likely know they are not a professional musician yet, encourage them with something they are doing well. Even if that thing is simply how hard they are working or concentrating. Children do more of what we praise – use that to your advantage.

  7. Help build ownership. If practice = an adult tells me what to do, children tend to dislike it. Coach them through practice while also letting them feel like they are making some decisions. Ask questions. Give them two acceptable choices of what to practice next. Let practice become something that is for them.

  8. Find time in each day’s schedule for your child to practice. Children are not good at time management. They will need your help to find time to practice.

  9. Don’t give up! Sometimes it’s really hard. Sometimes our kids fight us on practice. Don’t give up. This is really normal. Your child can do it (see #2)

  10. Go to live concerts. Seeing performers play music live is so motivating! Many communities have free or inexpensive events to attend if you seek them out. Ask your teacher for recommendations.

  11. Connect your child to a social outlet for their music. Working on something hard, alone in a practice room is not the point of music. Play with and for other students. Join an orchestra or band. Attend a group class or simply invite a friend over who plays an instrument for a musical play date.

  12. Be your child’s biggest fan. We cheer when toddlers learn to walk (even though they hobble around and fall all the time). Cheer on any and all progress. Make sure your child knows you are their biggest fan no matter what.

  13. Make listening to music part of your family culture. When children are surrounded by music in their lives they are much more successful. Just like when we are learning a language, immersion is the best way to pick it up quickly.

  14. Connect to other parents. Whether it’s in online groups, other parents in your studio or a friend whose child also studies music – connecting with other parents on the same journey can make us feel less alone and we can learn from each other what works best.

  15. Do something every day. Literally everyday. Play something, listen to music. What we do daily becomes part of who we are. What we do once in a while can be hard to follow through on. A daily habit makes a huge difference.