I would like to welcome you and your child to the band program. Lessons will begin the second week of school and I am asking that your child be prepared with their instrument, lesson book, and accessories by this time. The lesson schedule will be posted outside of the music room and your child’s classroom. Beginning band will begin in January.
Your child’s attendance at all lessons, rehearsals, and performances is crucial. Please familiarize yourself with the rotating lesson schedule. It is critical that the children come prepared on both lesson and rehearsal days. The following is a list of the required items that your child will need in school on both lesson and rehearsal days:
- Required Lesson Book
- Band Binder Containing all band music
- Signed practice sheet (see attached sheet with practice requirements)
- Two Pencils
- Accessories (Reeds, Valve Oil, Neck strap)
- A folding music stand for HOME USE - this does not need to be brought to school
Supplies can be purchased at:
Paul Effman Music - 452-8528 - https://ed.pemusic.com/navigation/
D&M Music - 635-1120 - https://dandmmusic.com/
In order for your child to develop into a successful young musician, I ask that your child practices regularly at home (20 minutes per day, most days of the week). Your child is developing a physical ability, which is better served through a daily routine. Establish good practice habits by setting aside a specific time and place for practice. Your child will be given a practice sheet which must be signed weekly by a parent or guardian. This practice sheet will contain the weekly practice log/homework assignment and will be graded. A music stand and firm chair helps promote a good playing posture while practicing at home.
As the prime figure in your child’s life, I encourage you to become actively involved in your child’s musical development. Please take a genuine interest in this enjoyable and disciplines endeavor that your child is beginning or continuing. Listen while your child practices, encourage their improvement, and please be cognizant of the many challenges that your child will face this year. Your child must remember that it is their own responsibility to remember the instrument, book, music, lesson times, and rehearsals.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s musical development, please feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to a wonderful and musical year with your child!