Dear Students and Parents of the Forest Park Community:
Welcome to another exciting year of band Forest Park Elementary!
First Year band will meet at 7:15 AM – 7:45 AM on Thursdays (beginning on October 4th).
Second Year band will meet at 7:15 AM – 7:45 AM on Tuesday mornings (beginning on October 2nd).
There are a limited number of school instruments available to rent, including flutes, clarinets, cornets (trumpet), trombones, violins, violas and cellos. We will ask for more instruments from the district as the need arises.
Instrument rental is $75 for the school year. They must be returned before the summer, but we will reserve fourth grade students’ instruments for rental during the following year. I have printed out contracts for instrument rental, but you may download the contract and more detailed information about the process from: http://www.ppsarts.com/instrument-rental-form/Be sure to fill out the form completely and get it to me ASAP. You may bring these completed forms to the office so that may be put in my box.
Keep in mind that you will likely get a better instrument and better maintenance for it if you rent the instrument from a local music store. These usually rent for around $20 per month. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing an instrument so I may help you find the best instrument for the best price. Often students will use instruments pass down from a sibling, parent or grandparent. I recommend taking these to an instrument repair shop to make sure they are in working order. Instruments may develop problems over time even when they are not being used.
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.
Welcome back to music at Forest Park! I hope you enjoyed the summer! The first thing we need to do this year is discuss the music you like and value at home. This helps us decide what we want to do in music class this year. Please fill out this music survey after clicking on the following link: