FAQ

How often does band meet?
                     Concert Band (6/7/8) meets daily for 1 hour.  
Firebird Band (6/7/8) meets daily for 1 hour. 
4th and 5th graders attend one small group lesson per week and one full band rehearsal on Tuesdays
 
When do Band Lessons start?
·     The first week of school!
 
When will my child's lesson take place?
·      Student lessons take place during the school day.  
 
Are there concerts?
·      All students perform a variety of times throughout the year.
·      Please see the performance calendar
 
Do all the student participate in the concert?
·      Yes!  All students are expected to participate in the concerts. 
 
What if there is a family conflict and we must miss the concert?
·      All students are expected to attend concert's they are supposed to be performing in. If an avoidable conflict arises, please let Ms. Hulteng know at least 2 weeks ahead of time so an alternate assignment can be give to the student and alternate arrangements can be made to help the band sound its best in your students absense (this sometimes means re-writing parts or adding extra musicians).
 
What about the missed class time?
·      Students are responsible for any material missed while away from class. Studies show that this has little if any impact on these students academic progress. However, all students will be required to have a “study buddy” that remains in class to help catch them up on anything missed while they were away.
 
How much does it cost?
·      Band does not have a fee for participation. However, there are some equipment and materials that require fee
      If you rent an instrument from the school, the annual fee is $40*
      Reeds, cork grease, etc. (as needed)
*you are more than welcome to purchase a method book from the store rather than the school, and rent or purchase your own instrument.
 
 
Will my student still study a string instrument?
·    Yes, All 3rd grade students are required to study a string instrument.  Students may continue with their string instruments after 3rd grade or may choose to play a band instrument, or play both a band and orchestral string instrument! 
 
What are the student expectations?
·      Students are expected to attend and be prepared for weekly lessons and rehearsals
·      Concert  Band students are expected to practice 150 minutes per week (≈30 minutes/day) 
·      Firebird  students are expected to practice 120 minutes per week (≈25 minutes/day)
·      Students will need a place to practice at home or arrange to practice with a buddy somewhere else.
·      Care for the instruments.
·      Use Smart Music at home or in some cases, at school.
 
What if my student doesn't like it?
·      Not all students enjoy band, but once a commitment is made, all efforts should be taken to stick through it for the year. Many times students “grow into” band.
·      Learning a musical instrument can be like learning riding a bicycle; Some people catch on fast, and some people fall off a lot and have cuts and bruises. Most often, if people stick with it, they learn how to ride (or play an instrument).