Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are there any requirements for music in middle school?
Yes, The National Standards in the Arts and the PA State Standards in the Arts and Humanities recommend proficiency on a basic level in music. Every middle school student is required to participate in band, orchestra, or choir.
Q. What if I am not sure if I want my child to do band or orchestra?
Remember when your children wouldn’t eat the food you made for them? You always said, “Try it before you decide you don’t like it.” Band and orchestra are the same way. Your child should sign up to play an instrument even if you or they are unsure. If at some point you decide that band or orchestra is not for you, drop the class. It is much easier to drop something after trying it, than to join late when everyone else has already started.
Q. How much out of school time is required?
Band and orchestra are no different than any other curricular area. We ask that your child spend some time with their instrument each and every week. Think of it as musical homework, but much more fun.
Q. What instrument should my child play?
The answer depends on a variety of things, but in the end, it is most important that they play something that they enjoy. I will also help guide your child based on his/her musical interests, physical make-up, and instrument availability. Your child knows what he/she wants, you know your child, and I know music. Together we will find the instrument that he/she will not only enjoy but will give him/her the best chance of musical success. For video demonstrations of band instruments visit: www.bepartoftheband.org.
Q. What are the costs?
The costs associated with band and orchestra depend on which instrument your child chooses and if you already own an instrument. We wish funds were available for us to provide every child with an instrument, however, this is simply not possible. You can rent a quality instrument from a local music store at a very reasonable price. If financial constraints prevent you from being able to do this, please contact me and allow me to help. We will not let instrument availability or financial constraints keep your child from participating.
Q. How do I procure an instrument?
We encourage students to either rent or purchase their own instrument. More information on renting instruments will be distributed at a later date.
Q. Can my student participate in both Choir and Instrumental Music?
Absolutely, students can perform in both, choir and instrumental music. In fact, Students are ENCOURAGED to perform in both!