Instrument Selection Night Information

2019 Instrument Selection Night Dates

Each date will run from 4:30-7:30pm

Discovery MS - Monday February 25 and Tuesday February 26

Schmucker MS - Monday March 4 and Tuesday March 5

Grissom MS - Thursday March 7

All PHM 5th grade families should have received an informational letter regarding 6th grade music electives and our Instrument Selection Night process. If you have not received a letter with details about this process, please contact Glenn Northern at 258-9516

This site is to inform you about our instrument selection process!

We hope that you will find answers to any questions you may have about this exciting opportunity. If you have any questions that are not answered on this site, please do not hesitate to contact any of our Instrumental Music Staff members. We will be happy to speak to you about any questions or concerns you might have.

What is Instrument Selection Night?

Every student who will be attending a PHM middle school as a 6th grader has the opportunity to join an instrumental music class, which includes either band or orchestra. In order to join 6th grade band or orchestra, students must select an instrument that they will learn throughout their time in their chosen class. Our Instrument Selection Nights are designed with the intention of helping your child make this decision.

You will sign up for an appointment at one of our Instrument Selection Nights. Try to sign up at the middle school where your child will attend. If those dates do not work, you may sign up for one of the other nights.

What will happen at Instrument Selection Night?

  • Plan on being at the school for approximately 30-6 0 minutes from checking in to selecting your instrument!
  • You will be helped by a professional music educator who will give you advice on finding the instrument that is best suited for you.
  • You will be allowed to try instruments from different instrument groups including woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings.
    • Please come with an idea of what instruments you would like to try. This will help speed up the process.
    • Please try to limit your options to no more than three instruments.


How can I make Instrument Selection Night successful?

  1. Be open to different options. Don't make up your mind before you try the instrument. Students are often surprised that their chosen instrument is not the one they originally thought they would like to play.
  2. Choose an instrument that you are physically most capable of playing. Some students select instruments that are not suited well to their body type. We want to set all students up for success, and we will do our best to find the best option for you.
  3. Select an instrument that you enjoy hearing the sound and making the sound. If you like the sound of your instrument, you will enjoy playing and practicing that instrument!
  4. The more you know about different instruments before you try, the easier your choice will be. Listen to recordings, watch videos, go to concerts, or ask your music teachers about any instruments you want to try. The following resource, "Be Part of the Music" has amazing instrument demonstration videos and information. You can explore both band and orchestra instruments on this website.

Please note: it is possible that certain instrument groups may be restricted in numbers. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility in the event that we must limit participation for an instrument.

Thanks to the

Quinlan and Fabish Music Company

for providing instruments and testing services for our selection nights!