Beginning of the Year InformationWelcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I am very excited to begin making music with the band students at Franklin and Ingomar this year. I have listed some important beginner of the year information below. As always, please feel free to contact me with any specific questions or concerns you might have.Important Dates to RememberTuesday Sept. 3 - Band Lessons beginThursday Jan. 9 7pm - Ingomar Elementary Winter Band ConcertMonday Jan. 13 7pm - Franklin Elementary Winter Band Concert @ Ingomar Middle SchoolMonday May 18 7pm - Franklin Elementary Spring Band Concert @ Marshall Middle SchoolTuesday May 29 7pm - Ingomar Elementary Spring Band ConcertWhen do lessons begin?Band lessons will begin on Tuesday September 3. Not all students will have a lesson on Tuesday September 3, but that is when lessons will begin. I am in the process of finalizing the lesson schedule and will give that to the teachers and students as soon as it is finished. I will email each band parent to notify them of when their child is scheduled for their first band lesson.When will my child get his or her lesson schedule?I will pass out lesson schedules in the students' folders at that first lesson and explain to them how to read the schedule. I will also give copies to the homeroom teachers and have it posted in my room as well. Each student will have a 30 minute small group lesson and a 45 minute full ensemble rehearsal every week. In general, the students will have to bring their instruments to school two days during the week. Please be aware that slight schedule changes are possible especially at the beginning of the year with new students and changing rosters/instrumentation.I rented an instrument over the summer. Where is it?Most likely, if you've sent in your paperwork or registered online it is either waiting for your child at school or on its way. If you have any questions about instrument rentals, please contact the instrument vendors. You can find their contact info here.My child already has their instrument. When should he or she bring it to school?Your child should bring their instrument along with their folder to their first scheduled lesson or ensemble rehearsal.My child did not get an instrument over the summer. What should I do?Your child will need to get an instrument as soon as possible. They will need their instrument and book at their first lesson. See the instrument vendor contact info page for information on renting an instrument. Make sure you order their book as well. 4th grade band students are beginning to use a new method book than in past years. 4th grade will use Measures of Success Book 1. 5th grade will continue to use Accent Achievement Book 1. 5th grade does NOT need to purchase the new method book.I did not order a book yet. Where can I get the book?You can purchase the book at any music store or online. 4th grade will use Measures of Succes Book 1 for all instruments. 5th grade will continue to use their Accent on Achievement Book 1 from last year. Make sure you get it for their particular instrument (i.e. flutes need the flute book).My child is new to the school or did not register last spring but would like to join band this year. Is that still possible?Absolutely! Please contact me to let me know your child wants to join band. I will take beginners in both 4th and 5th grade.Once lessons start, does my child need to bring their instrument home, or should they leave it at school?Your child will bring their instrument to school for their small group lessons and full ensemble rehearsals. Other than those days, they will need to have their instruments at home to practice their weekly assignment. Baritone students will only need to bring their mouthpiece and folder to and from school. I have instruments at school they can play. If a baritone student wants to bring their instrument to and from school that is fine, though.How much should my child practice at home?Your child will have a weekly assignment for band. I recommend the students practice at home for a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 30 minutes per session. I also recommend they practice 4 to 5 days during the week. It is amazing the improvement that students make when they put in the right amount of work at home.Should my child get private lessons as well?I recommend private lessons to any student who is interested in them. It's a great way to get more individualized instruction and more enrichment beyond the school band lessons. If you are interested in private lessons for your child, please contact me and I'll be happy to recommend a private teacher.These are just a few of the more common questions. If at any time you have any specific questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Last Modified on August 17, 2019