• WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FIRST YEAR
     
    September:  Fourth graders see and hear a demonstration of instruments as presented by the fifth graders, then select an instrument to learn. Lessons begin before the end of the month. An informational meeting for parents is offered on two evenings to clarify how the program works and to help get you started. First lesson begins a set of good physical habits for working with the instrument.
     
    October:   Lessons progress from basic holding, assembly and sound production through a first set of notes and a few songs.
     
    November:  As skills progress the note set expands and more songs are learned. Time for some home performances! Introduction to music reading also begins.
     
    December:  Basic playing and music reading skills continue to expand. Students learn to read and play along with others.
     
    January:  Band and orchestra ensemble rehearsals begin! A weekly rehearsal during the school day is scheduled in addition to the weekly academic lesson during school hours.
     
    May:  Spring Concert! Mark your calendar and invite guests. All SCASD elementary concerts are free and open to the public. After the spring concert, instruction will again be focused on increasing skills and repertoire.
     
    WHAT YOU NEED TO BEGIN
    Instrument, music stand, music book, dedicated space at home for daily practice, loving patience. Guidance and assistance is offered for parents.
     
Last Modified on December 9, 2019