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					Band Policy:

-   This class is open to ages 10 and up including adults.

-   Band will meet 1½ hours twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As we approach
    performances, extra rehearsals may be scheduled.

-   We will start at 3:45 p.m.

-   The first class will meet Tuesday, August 22. A schedule of classes and performances and any
    other known special events will be distributed within the first few weeks of classes.

-   Students will not need to bring instruments to class the first three weeks (maybe longer). This
    time will be spent learning some breathing and posture that will be necessary for a successful
    band experience.

-   Students are responsible for acquiring their instrument whether it is purchased, rented, previously
    owned, or through the Arkansas Play It Again program.

-   Students are responsible for any other accessories required for their particular instrument; ie.
    reeds for clarinets and saxophones, cork grease, valve oil, cleaning materials, etc.

-   Students will be required to practice on their own time. Each student will be given a practice
    record which they must bring to class every Monday.

-   Students at some point will be encouraged but not required to pursue private lessons for their
    particular instrument.

-   Students will be required to purchase the method book (about $8.00 at ASBS in Russellville) used
    in the class. Students must bring their book to every class. Sharing a book is unacceptable.
    Each student must have his/her own book.

-   Students are strongly encouraged to purchase music stand. A small metal stand costs about $12;
    sometimes $10 or less if on sale. If a student cannot afford this, he/she will need to talk to me
    before we bring the instruments to class so I can make arrangements to provide a stand.

-   Students must come to class prepared to learn. A notebook and pencil are required tools for this
    learning process.

-   Attendance is crucial to success for the student and the band as a group.

-   We will definitely have one performance at the end of the school year. Depending on our
    progress, we may have a small performance at the end of the fall semester. In the spring, we may
    perform for a couple of recruitment venues.

-   Students will not be allowed to switch to a different instrument after classes have begun.

-   Band is a very rewarding experience. Both the director and students must work to make that
    happen. I will do my best to ensure all students have a successful experience. It is up to each
    student to do their part to complete that success.
Instrument selection:

It is suggested that before a student selects an instrument he/she attend a “tryout” where they will be
introduced to the various instruments. Prospective students will be instructed by a qualified
assistance on how to properly produce a sound on the instruments. The assistant will make notations
on a form the student will carry to each “instrument room.” Once all instruments have been tried, the
student will return the completed form to the director for a brief assessment of the information on the
form versus the student’s choice.

Sometimes a student will have an instrument in mind that they would like to play, but for one reason
or another that instrument may not offer the greatest chance at success. For instance, a young man
may want to play trumpet, but his lips are full. He will have a much greater opportunity for success on
a trombone, baritone, or tuba than on the trumpet due to the size of the mouthpiece. This is not to
say he would definitely fail trumpet. He may, however, encounter frequent times of discouragement
due to having to learn to make modifications to be successful on the trumpet.

There are two instrument retail stores in Russellville: Arkansas School Band Services (ASBS),
located at 1023 South Arkansas; and Cooper Band Instrument and Repair, located at 914 West Main.
Both companies offer purchase or rental of new or used instruments as well as accessories.
Cooper’s offers in-store repair. The owner of ASBS is a supporter of the Arkansas Center for Music
Education and band programs for home-school and private-school students.

There are several companies on the internet that supplies band instruments. Listed below are just a
few that I consider trustworthy:

www.musiciansfriend.com
www.giardinelli.com
www.music123.com
www.wwbw.com

You will also find instruments listed on ebay. I would suggest that if this is the route you choose, that
you only purchase an instrument that is new and then only with my approval. It is all too easy to get
ripped off if you do not know what you are looking for.

Don’t be afraid to shop and compare.

Another option is to check with the Play It Again, Arkansas program. Their website, however, is a
mess right now. I will be getting in touch with someone in charge of this program over the next month
of so. If you are interested in this option, let me know and I will see what I can do.

I am willing as much as possible to help locate an acceptable instrument for your student. I am glad
to research prices. Please do not wait until the week before they need their instruments to begin the
search.

I am available for any questions. My contact information is:

Home phone           479-968-8074
Cell phone           479-264-9107
Email                makinmusic@centurytel.net

				
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