5th Grade Band Registration
Instrument Testing will begin after the first day of school.
FAQs at bottom of page
Zayli Dos Santos
Zion Dos Santos
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -
AND THEIR ANSWERS!
DOES MY CHILD NEED ANY PRIOR EXPERIENCE?
No, none! In beginning band, we teach everything from scratch. All skills will be taught in detail. All that is required is a willingness to learn, to make an effort, and to have fun!
MY CHILD IS INVOLVED WITH OTHER ACTIVITIES. WILL BAND BE A CONFLICT?
Not unless you make it one. Beginning band meets during the school day as a class, and there are no activities that conflict with it. As your child grows in future years, conflicts may require time management skills and communication, but almost everything can be accommodated.
WHAT ABOUT ATHLETICS? CHEERLEADING? OTHER ACTIVITIES?
In their first year, band students will do 98% of their work in class. There will be two concerts (December and May). Later, when students are in band levels which participate at athletic events, etc., provisions are made to accommodate students and their families. There is so much more to band than playing at games. Concerts, festivals, competitions, travel, and so many other items are important. Above all, band is music education. No student, especially young ones, should have to give up one part of their education to participate in another. After all, most students won’t know where their true passions and abilities are until they have matured - both physically and socially.
I HEARD MY CHILD HAD TO MAKE A CERTAIN SCORE TO BE ABLE TO PLAY SOME OF THE INSTRUMENTS.
There used to be a policy where kids had to get a 100 on the test to play percussion. After researching it, we came to the conclusion that the music test by itself isn’t a good indicator of what instrument to play - only that they have the aptitude to play instruments. We’ll do a thorough instrument trial in August to see what instruments are going to provide the most success for each student.
WILL BAND AFFECT MY CHILD’S GRADES IN OTHER CLASSES?
Study after study has shown that band has a positive impact on grades. Poor grades in any class almost always reflect an issue with effort rather than any other reason.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHICH INSTRUMENT MY CHILD WILL PLAY?
We will make every effort to allow students to play the instrument(s) that interest them the most. Some instruments have a limited number of spots, however. We will contact you about setting up a time to try the instruments. Regardless of what they play, students will have a fun, rewarding experience. We will work with them to find the fit for them that will allow them the most success!!
AREN’T INSTRUMENTS EXPENSIVE?
Sure. That’s why we have a rental program established with a music store. We recommend that families rent instruments until they know their child’s level of commitment. There are several ways to acquire instruments, even for families in financial difficulty. If finances are a concern, we encourage you to find out more details before deciding. Never allow financial reasons to be the only obstacle to participating in band. There are options, which is why we don’t want folks to make arrangements until we see who we have enrolled.