Montgomery County Public Schools 2022-2023 Elementary Instrumental Music Information

Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,

As we embark on this new school year together, I want to encourage students to take the opportunity to learn a musical instrument!

In Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), students in fourth and fifth grades can participate in Instrumental Music as a pull-out program during the normal school day. Students then have the opportunity to enroll in various Instrumental Music elective classes (such as band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble) in middle and high school. Usually as the school year begins, the Instrumental Music Teachers at the elementary schools will meet with the fourth and fifth grade students to introduce them to the Instrumental Music program, demonstrate the various instruments, give students a chance to try the instruments, and distribute registration information.

We have also created this website for students and parents/guardians to explore. You can listen to examples of each instrument, contact your school's Instrumental Music teacher, and find a list of stores in Montgomery County where you can rent a band or orchestra instrument.

During a typical year the requirements for success on an instrument include:

  • Weekly attendance at small group lessons once per week during the school day.

  • Regular, consistent, daily and weekly practice of assignments.

  • Being prepared with all materials for every lesson/rehearsal.

We know that learning to play an instrument is a very important step for a child's development of a lifelong appreciation for music. Additionally, music provides many with an outlet of relief, focus and joy. We hope that your child will participate in this enriching program. If you have any questions, please contact your school's instrumental music teacher.

Sincerely,
Phil Barnes
Coordinator of Instrumental Music & Theatre
Montgomery County Public Schools

22-23 MCPS Elementary Instrumental Music Teachers