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ORCHESTRA & BAND
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM
Tacoma Public Schools offers an elementary instrumental music program at Meeker Middle School.
Read further for more information.
HOW CAN MY FIFTH GRADER BEGIN LEARNING TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
Orchestra and band class for fifth grade students from Browns Point, Crescent Heights and NE Tacoma
is held at Meeker Middle School. The class begins at 8:00 am and lasts until 8:45 am. The class is over
before elementary school begins.
Crescent Heights and NE Tacoma will meet Mondays and Wednesdays.
Browns Point will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays.
HOW WILL MY CHILD GET TO MEEKER FOR INSTRUCTION?
Students may walk to the school, get a ride from family or a friend’s family, or take a school bus.
Students who need to take the school bus will receive a bus schedule that includes the nearest
established bus stop location along the route.
WHAT IF MY CHILD USUALLY HAS BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL?
Breakfast will be served at Meeker before music instruction begins.
HOW WILL MY CHILD GET TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTER MUSIC CLASS?
A district school bus will shuttle from orchestra and band class back to the elementary school before the
start of school.
WHAT WILL MY CHILD NEED FOR ORCHESTRA OR BAND CLASS?
The orchestra and band teachers from Meeker Middle School will give your fifth grade class a
presentation of the programs. You will need to buy, borrow, or rent an instrument that you can keep
while you are taking orchestra instruction. In addition to having an instrument, all orchestra students
will need to purchase the following items:
ORCHESTRA (string instruments) BAND (wind instruments)
Essential Elements 2000 for Strings, Book 1 for Standard of Excellence Enhanced, Book 1 (red)
the student’s chosen instrument. for the student’s chosen instrument.
rosin valve oil (brass)
soft cleaning cloth reeds & cork grease (woodwinds)
shoulder rest (violin/viola) soft cleaning cloth
rock stop (cello/bass) folding wire music stand
folding wire music stand
WHERE CAN I GO TO RENT AN INSTRUMENT AND PURCHASE MUSIC SUPPLIES?
The following information is offered as a courtesy to students and parents. The Tacoma School District
refrains from recommending these or other vendors in the community.
Instrument Rentals and Orchestra Resources
Music Store Address Phone Number
Gonter's Bandstand Music 2302 Pacific Avenue 253-272-2201
Hammond Ashely 19825 Des Moines Way S (SeaTac) 206-878-3456
Helmer's Music 5003 Tacoma Mall Boulevard 253-475-6740
Helmer's Music 1640 South 318th Place (Federal Way) 253-952-6052
Highland Hill Music 6814 Sixth Avenue 253-564-8454
Lakewood Music 6111 Lakewood Town Center Blvd. SW 253-581-2926
Music World 3818 100th Street SW (Lakewood) 253-582-3132
Ted Brown Music 6228 Tacoma Mall Boulevard 253-272-3211
West Campus Music 32042 23rd Ave. South (Federal Way) 253-946-4956
WHAT DOES IT COST TO RENT AN INSTRUMENT?
New instrument rental fees range from $24 to $40 a month with the larger instruments costing a bit
more. Used instruments cost less to rent. Rental fees usually include insurance against fire, theft, and
damage. The rental fee also applies toward the purchase of the instrument with option to upgrade to a
more expensive instrument or transfer to a different instrument. District financial assistance is available
in some situations.
WHEN WILL INSTRUCTION BEGIN?
The first day of instruction will be Monday, September 24 for Crescent Heights & Northeast Tacoma
and Tuesday, September 25 for Browns Point. The teacher will give you a schedule of the days and
times you will attend. If you are walking or getting a ride to class, you will need to arrive in time to
begin no later than 8:00 am. Please do not arrive at the middle school before 7:50 am since there will not
be any adult supervision for early arriving students.
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT HAVE AN INSTRUMENT OR METHOD BOOK ON THE
FIRST DAY OF CLASS?
Attend the first day even if you haven’t acquired your materials. The teacher will give a deadline for
having the instrument and method book.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? CONTACT A MUSIC TEACHER:
Orchestra Teacher Band Teacher
Matthew Underwood Bill Klouse
(253) 571-6535 (253) 571-6550
Beginning Strings or Band Enrollment Form
Student’s name (Last, First) _______________________________________________________________
Elementary school ____________________________________________________________________
Name of classroom teacher _____________________________________________________________
Does the student play an instrument already? _____ Which one(s)? _____________________________
Parent/Guardian name _________________________________________________________________
Home address with zip ________________________________________________________________
Home phone ________________________________________________________________________
Work phone _________________________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian signature ______________________________________________________________
SEND THIS FORM TO MEEKER WITH YOUR STUDENT
RETURN THIS FORM TO YOUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SECRETARY
Please forward to Matthew Underwood c/o Meeker MS
5 Grade Beginning
Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 3 - 6 pm
Meeker MS Commons
Come meet Mr. Klouse and Mr. Underwood.
Get answers to your questions regarding beginning instrumental classes.
Have an opportunity to rent an instrument from Ted Brown.
Win a brand new car – not really.
See you there!