Joining Band: FAQ
What if I am not sure if I want my child to join band?
Remember when your children wouldn’t eat the food you made for them? You always said, “Try it before you decide you don’t like it.” Band is the same way. Your child should sign up for band even if you or they are unsure. If at some point, after giving it an honest try, you decide that band is not for you, drop the class. It is much easier to drop something after trying it, than to join late when everyone else has already started.
What if I don’t know anything about music?
That’s ok! I will teach your child everything they need to know, step by step. From how to assemble and care for the instrument to reading notes and rhythms, I will guide your child through the process. All that is needed from you is an enthusiastic attitude and patient ears when your child comes home and makes their first sound.
How much out of school time is required?
I ask that your child spend some time with their instrument on a regular basis. Think of it as homework, but much more fun than regular homework. Practice goals will differ based on each student's progress, but will be between 2 and 5 days per week, for a weekly total of between 30 and 60 minutes.
How much in school time is required?
Students in the band program attend two different in-school activities: lessons and rehearsals. Both occur once during the 5-day cycle. Lessons are when your student will come to the band room for 20 minutes of instructional time on their specific instrument. They might have a lesson by themselves, but usually they will be with a small group of other students who play the same instrument. Students will be responsible for any work they miss while attending lessons. Rehearsals are when all of the band students meet together during their recess time, to learn how to play together and begin preparing our pieces for the spring concert.
What instrument should my child play?
The answer depends on a variety of things, but in the end, it's most important that they play something they'll enjoy. I encourage you to visit my "How to Join Band" page, watch the instrument videos with your child, and discuss the different options. I will also help guide your child based on their musical interests, physical make-up, and instrument availability. Your child knows what they want, you know your child, and I know music. Together we will find the instrument that they will not only enjoy but will give them the best chance of musical success.
What are the costs?
The costs associated with music depend on which instrument your child chooses and if you already own an instrument. I wish funds were available for me to provide every child with an instrument; however, this is simply not possible. The school has certain instruments available for students to use, but it is always best for students to have their own instrument when possible. You can rent a quality instrument from a local music store at a very reasonable price. The CDSD Used Instrument Sale is a great place to get a quality used instrument. If financial constraints prevent you from being able to get an instrument, please contact me and I will see what I can do to help.
What if I have other questions?
Please know that I am here to answer any and all questions that you may have. Due to the busy nature of our program and the fact that I am at multiple buildings, it is often difficult to contact me by phone. The best way for you to reach me is electronically at email@example.com.