New family welcome letter from Mr. Leslie
Welcome to Sequoyah! With this new chapter comes new opportunities and some difficult decisions. You want your child to be engaged, challenged, and prepared for middle school and beyond. Just as important, you want to know that your child is in a supportive and safe atmosphere that will allow them to not only survive, but to thrive. In the award-winning Department of Instrumental Music, we strive to provide all of that and more!
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Frequently Asked Questions
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How can I participate in band or orchestra at Sequoyah?
To register for band or orchestra, please click here to complete the online registration form. Mr. Leslie will work with the counseling team to ensure your child is enrolled in band or orchestra.
Does my child need an instrument?
Yes. Students enrolled in band or orchestra will need their own instrument. Families may rent/purchase an instrument from a local music store, or may check out a district-owned instrument at no cost.
What instruments are available to learn?
Students in band may choose one of the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, and Percussion (drums). Students in orchestra may choose one of the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass. Students who have experience playing piano or guitar may join our after-school jazz band class. Ask Mr. Leslie for more information.
What instrument will I play?
New students will receive their instrument assignment within the first two weeks of school. Families should not purchase/rent an instrument until instrument assignments are finalized.
Can I participate in athletics/clubs AND band or orchestra?
Absolutely. The majority of our music students participate in athletics and clubs in addition to band or orchestra. Most band and orchestra obligations take place during the school day. Band and orchestra will rarely conflict with after-school activities.
Is band and orchestra expensive?
No. We want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in band or orchestra. While families are welcome to purchase/rent instruments, we have instruments that students can check out for free.
What is the time commitment?
The rewards of playing a musical instrument increase in direct proportion to the number of hours invested in individual practice. Students should plan to practice for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, five days a week. Additionally, enrolling in band or orchestra is a full year course, and students are expected to commit to the full academic school year. While after-school obligations are minimal, students will participate in four after-school concerts. Depending on the ensemble, some band and orchestra students may have occasional after-school rehearsals. All after-school obligations will be communicated to families.
How do I stay informed?
Important information will be posted to this website and will be communicated via Synergy (our email management system). Please make sure your contact information is accurate and up to date by contacting the main office (253-945-3670).
Any other questions?
Any additional questions can be sent to Mr. Leslie (click here to email Mr. Leslie)
Covid-19 Safety Information
We are committed to providing a safe learning environment and adhere to all Washington State Department of Health and King County Public Health guidance as it pertains to the performing arts classroom. Click to view the latest update.
At least 3 feet while indoors. More if possible.
Universal masking with appropriate material – MERV13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material (provided by FWPS) – is required by all students and staff in performing arts classes and while participating in performing arts activities.
Aerosol-producing musicians (woodwinds and brass) are required to wear appropriate masks/face coverings (provided by FWPS) and/or use appropriate bell covers (provided by FWPS) while performing. Woodwinds and brass performers may remove their face coverings/masks when performing on their instrument and must replace their face covering/mask during non-performance time.
Bell covers with appropriate material – MERV 13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material – are required for brass and woodwind instruments when indoors (provided by FWPS)
Additional Safety Practices
Practice good hygiene collecting water condensation from brass instruments.
Reduce shared equipment to the degree possible. Students will not share instruments. Have students use hand sanitizer before using shared equipment like music stands.
Maximize ventilation of the space as much as possible (windows open, maximum air exchange possible with HVAC system, use of portable HEPA air cleaners).
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