Playing a musical instrument can be fun and rewarding, but it does require a bit of discipline to be able to go beyond just playing Hot Cross Buns to being able to read music and participate in a music ensemble. Every student will get a minimum of 30 minutes per week of instruction on his/her instrument at Forest Park Elementary. This is not very much time. Certainly, if a student only plays their instrument during class, s/he will NOT know how to play it even after a year of coming to class; and attempting to playing the instrument will be frustrating. Daily practice is vital for learning to perform on any musical instrument. The better we get at playing an instrument the more fun it is!
All band students will use the book, Standard of Excellence Level 1, for their particular instrument. These may be purchased through Amazon or from a local music store for less than $10.
The instrumental classes will provide clear instructions so that students will know what to practice during the rest of the week. It is recommended that every student practice at least 30 minutes per day.
I also highly recommend each student taking private lessons on their instruments as time and money will allow. All of the best musicians I have met received many private lessons as a child. Individual instruction far surpasses class instruction because the private teachers are experts on the specific instrument the students are playing and they are listening and solving technical problems for just one student at a time. Let me know if you need help finding a good private teacher.