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  • Dear Parents,

    The following information is provided for the fifth and sixth grade instrumental music program.

    Student Responsibilities

    § All instrumental students are required to attend all scheduled lessons. They will be prepared for each lesson with their instrument, lesson book, and pencil. Student’s name should be clearly marked on both the book and instrument case.

    § Students are required to attend all performances and large group rehearsals to prepare for concerts. These rehearsals are sometimes scheduled outside of the school day.

    § Note: Students with three or more unexcused absences from lessons, rehearsals or concerts may be dropped from the program at the instrumental music teacher’s discretion.

    § To make progress, practice is essential. A minimum of 15 minutes daily practice is recommended. Students need to practice the lesson material assigned and dated in their books.

    § Proper care and maintenance of the instrument is critical. Keep it in good playing condition.

    § Reed players should have at least two good reeds with their instrument at all times, and also an appropriate cleaning swab. Cork joints should be checked regularly and the cork should be greased as needed. Reeds will need to be replaced from time to time. Size 2 1/2 reeds are recommended and can be purchased at any local music store.

    § Brass players are expected to have all valves and slides in playing condition at all times. A container of valve oil should be kept with the instrument.

    § Percussion players need two matching sticks, size 5A, and a practice pad. Students will be told in advance if their entire drum kit will be needed for their lesson.

    Parent Support

    § Please help your child remember his or her lesson day and encourage daily practice.

    § Parents are not expected to listen to every practice session, but it is helpful if you are aware of the dated assignments in the lesson book.

    § If you choose to have your child change instruments or to stop taking lessons, please put your decision in writing and send it me. An email will be fine.

    § Neither the school district nor the teaching staff assumes any responsibility for the safety of a privately owned, rented or leased instrument. Therefore, students must be especially careful in handling, transporting, and storing instruments. Instruments should not be left in school overnight.

    § If you have any questions or concerns at any time relating to the instrumental program, please feel free to contact me through email. Please note: All students are expected to continue participation through the final performance in 6th grade to be eligible for band in 7th grade.


    Mr. Branchfield

    Band Director