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Welcome to Beginning Band! Congratulations on choosing to learn to play a musical instrument. It’s a lot of hard work, but more importantly it’s FUN! Below you will find essential information to get you started in the class. I look forward to teaching you in class this year. Please let me know if I can help you with anything as you transition into the middle school. Frequently Asked Questions *How much will it cost? Rental on a brand new instrument will be $30-$40 per month, depending on which instrument you choose. The company we use provides a rent-to-own plan. You may return the instrument and close the account at any time. Other costs include $10 for a band book and $10 for a folding music stand for home. Instrument Rental Night is scheduled for August 21st from 5:30-7:30 in the band room. *How much after school time is involved? At the middle school level, band requires very little after school time. It will, however, require that you practice at least 25 minutes 4 times per week at your own convenience. We will perform at least 2 concerts, one in December and another in May. Performance at concerts and practice time at home counts for part of your grade in band. *Will I be in band all year? Yes, band is a year long class. *What if I don’t like band class? Just let me know how you’re feeling and we will have your schedule changed at the end of the 9 weeks grading period. You simply return your instrument to the instrument company and your parents will not have to make another payment. The account will be closed. *What instrument will I play? There is no hurry in making this decision. The first two weeks of beginning band class will be spent exploring and experimenting with all the instruments. I will make suggestions based on some physical characteristics of the child. Students who wish to play percussion instruments will be required to take a simple rhythm performance quiz. The number of percussionists taken will be limited to 6-8 per class.
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