As a Performing Arts Magnet School, Folwell has a distinguished music department in the Minneapolis public school district. Nurturing the habits of excellence-in-performance, comprehensive musicianship and music literacy are paramount objectives to the aim of establishing a solid foundation for students to become successful lifelong musicians. 

PRACTICE:  Practice requirements for middle students are: 150 minutes per week (≈30 minutes per day). More information on Practice can be found at: 

Instruments should be taken home daily, leaving Folwell’s band instrument lockers empty  Practice logs are to be signed once per week by parents. Home practice makes up 20% of student grades; if practice logs are not turned in, the best mark students will receive in the class is a “B.”

SMARTMUSIC: Students should be completing weekly assignments on Smartmusic. If families wish to purchase smartmusic, it can be done through the smartmusic website.


7th & 8th grade Concert Band;

5th & 6th grade Varsity Band;  

4th, 5th & 6th grade Firebird Band;

4th grade band lessons;  

5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Jazz Combos & Big Band;




Practice is essential for progress and expected by all instrumental students at Folwell.


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