Join the Band
On Tuesday, September 10th, your child will see the award-winning King Philip Regional High School Marching Band perform and demonstrate some of the musical instruments that are available to them this year in our instrumental music program. All students that choose to participate in the program are given the opportunity to learn about music in a variety of settings, which are explained below. Participation in band has been shown to improve child development in both mathematics and language, as well as in improving motor skills. Click HERE to see how brain development is affected by playing an instrument.
Students who participate in beginning band may choose from a variety of instruments, including the following:
- Alto Saxophone
- Snare Drum
Starting band in elementary school makes playing in middle and high school programs much easier, as the basic skill set to play an instrument is already learned. There are also more instruments available to your child as they progress in the program. Below is a general layout of the different aspects of the program. You can click the links on the left to see videos of each of the instruments.
Instruments – An instrument distribution day has been scheduled for Saturday morning, September 14th, from 9:00am-11:00am at King Philip Regional High School. This is where and when you will be able to rent an instrument for your child. Credit card and ID are required for rental or purchase of an instrument. Because of the limited quantities, instruments will be rented on a first-come first serve basis. The instrument rental contract is set up so that you will receive an initial four-month rental for the cost of only two months. Following the first four months, you can continue to pay monthly for the instrument. The distribution day will have lesson books available for purchase, which are required for lessons. Also available will be music stands for practicing at home, and other accessories for your instrument including reeds if you are renting a woodwind. If renting an instrument poses a financial hardship, please contact me so that I can set you up with a school owned instrument or can help find a less expensive option. I strive to make sure that no child is prevented from learning an instrument for any reason.
Lessons – Students will receive one 30-minute group lesson per week during the school day. They must bring their instrument, lesson book, music, and a pencil to all lessons. Students are responsible for the work they miss in their classes while attending their lessons; with that said, if a teacher feels that it is necessary for a student to miss a lesson due to the importance or fundamental nature of the material being covered in class, the student will be responsible for getting a note to me from that teacher so that they are accounted for and not marked absent. All students should also be responsible for knowing when lessons take place. A master schedule will be sent home with all students, posted outside my classroom, posted in each child’s classroom, and published on my school website.
Band Rehearsals – Band rehearsals will be approximately 55 minutes long and take place before school from 7:45am-8:40am on Wednesdays & Fridays. Students will be responsible for being ready to rehearse at 7:45am, not arriving at 7:45am. That means students must be in their chair with their instrument, music, pencil, and a music stand ready to go at 7:45am. Arriving around 7:35am should allow ample time for students to set up and be ready to rehearse at 7:45am. These rehearsals will begin soon after the students receive their instruments. This is a mandatory part of the instrumental music program and attendance will be taken daily. If you have a hard time finding a way to get your child to school at 7:45am, or if you are willing to pick other children up on your way to school, please let me know so that I can help arrange a carpool.
Being a member of the band is like being the member of a team, and we must practice with all team members present at all times. Therefore, if a student has more than five unexcused absences from band rehearsal or lessons, they will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming concert. If a student brings in a note to me saying that they will be/were absent from band, or if they were absent from school then it is considered an excused absence. Students and parents will be notified when three unexcused absences have occurred.
Performances – All beginning band students will have the opportunity to perform in both the winter and spring concerts at the Wood School. In addition, all students are eligible to try out for the King Philip Honors Band and the opportunity to perform with musicians from Norfolk and Wrentham. Students that opt to participate in Honors Band will also get the chance to earn ribbon awards that they can display at future concerts. A list of all concerts will also be in their folder when they pick up their instrument.
Practicing – Weekly homework assignments will be given at the end of each lesson and students are expected to come prepared the following week. Fifteen to twenty minutes of home practice time five days/week is required. Students must practice at home in order to keep up with the pace of material in lessons and in band rehearsals. Parents can help students to practice by setting up a schedule for at-home practicing and praising your children for their hard work. More information will go out to parents about supporting your child’s musical endeavors as we proceed through the school year. Students that show above and beyond effort may be considered for Concert Band later this year.
Should you wish to have your child take advantage of this program or if you are interested in more information, please complete the attached form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher on or before Thursday, September 12th. Please keep this top sheet for your own records. If you need help selecting an instrument, please visit our YouTube Channel “King Philip Elementary Band” for how-to videos and listening examples of each instrument. Moreover, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by my classroom before/after school or by appointment. I hope to meet many of you on instrument distribution day!
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