• Tips for Playing Over the Summer!


    • What do I do with my rental instrument over the summer?  Keep your instrument and keep playing! **Do not turn your instrument back into RM Sides. You will lose any financial credit you have built since you began renting it. This is a rent-to-own program.
    • What if I need something over the summer?  I will not be checking my email often, but if you have any questions, send me an email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
    • How do I register for band in the fall? Incoming 5th graders will automatically be signed up.  Incoming 6th graders should have already signed up; if you missed the online sign-up, please contact me and I'll take care of it.


    *Keep playing!

    -It really is that simple. Find ways to keep playing. 

    -Play from your lesson book.

    -Head to Robert M Sides Family Music and check out their book selection for your instrument. Lots of fun selections!

    -Check out https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/welcome.jsp, https://www.amazon.com/, https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/, and many sheet music websites to find new music.

    -Check out the website https://www.8notes.com/ for an awesome resource!

    -Play music in your Summer Songbook!

    Tips for learning new music:

    **What to consider when learning a new piece of music?
         1) Are there any new fingerings/notes I need to learn? 
             *Solution: Take a look at the fingering chart/mallet diagram in your lesson 
         2) Are there any flat, sharp, or natural signs? 
            *Be sure to take a look at the very beginning of the music and check the Key 
             Signature as well as other flat, sharp, and natural signs throughout the music.
         3) Do I know these rhythms?
             *Clap through the rhythms you know first. 
             *For the summer, when you are not having lessons with Miss Steinbacher, do
              an internet search for the song you want to play to try to hear the rhythm 
              you're not sure about.


    *Play in small ensembles with your friends!

    -Find a friend or two (or more) who play instruments and play duets, trios, quartets - the options are endless!

    -You can even play in small groups with friends who play string instruments or piano!


    *Take private lessons!

    -Keep up with your playing by studying with a private lesson instructor who is a specialist on your instrument.

    -Contact Miss Steinbacher if you have any questions regarding private lesson instructors in our area.


    The main theme here is just have fun and keep playing! 






Last Modified on May 31, 2022