New 2 Band? Here are some common question and answers.
1. My child has no musical background. Can (s)he be in Band? Yes. We teach all the basic aspects of playing a musical instrument and reading music notation.
2. Can a child be “musical” if the parents are not? No one can predict whether your child will become a musical person. Success in band is determined by a number of factors, the most important of which are regular practicing and desire.
3. Can a student participate in band and in sports? We make every effort to avoid conflicts in scheduling. The administration, coaches and band director at Millennium Middle School understand the importance of sharing time so that students may experience excellence in more than one area.
4. How do I sign up for band? Check “Band” as one of your elective options on your sixth grade choice sheet.
5. How often does band meet? Band meets every day during school time. If needed, Extra after-school rehearsals may be announced prior to major public performances.
6. How many performances are required? At present, there were only three required performances during the school year, in December and May. There are also optional off-campus performances/opportunities for those interested. For an overview of a typical Band year, check out the band calendar link at www.mstarband.com.
7. What about at-home practice time? For normal progress, a student should devote a minimum of 25 minutes per day at least 5 out of 7 days per week.
8. What instruments are appropriate for beginners? We teach beginning classes in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion. Common instruments are grouped together during class.
9. How do I get an instrument? There are a couple of quality musical instrument dealers in our area. They can provide quality instruments under a rent-to-own agreement. Please do not purchase an instrument online, at a whole sale club or a pawn shop without checking with the director. Some prices may look too good to be true because they are! You may end up spending twice as much throughout the year in repairs or replacements. Beware!!!!
10. May I purchase a used instrument? Yes, but it must be in good condition. Get advice from a musical instrument service technician, a professional player or a band instructor before spending good money on an inferior instrument.
11. Are school-owned instruments available? Yes. In the case that you cannot obtain a quality instrument from a music dealer, the school can provide most instruments for beginners. These instruments are slightly older and have been used by many students over the years. Along with a yearly rental fee, the student is expected to provide his/her own mouthpiece and maintenance supplies. Damage/theft to school-owned instruments caused by carelessness or negligence is the responsibility of the student and his/her parent. It is our official policy that limited family income shall not prevent any student from enrolling and participating in Beginning Band at Millennium Middle School.
12. Are private lessons required? No. Although they are not required they are a tremendous boost to the success of a beginner. It is very important that a student get off to the right start avoiding any bad habits to make becoming a great musician easy and fun. A list of qualified private instructors on nearly every instrument is available. Please go to the link “Private Lessons” on the Links menu at www.mstarband.com for more information.
13. When we have settled on the right instrument, what extras do we need? Supplies or accessories may vary for different instruments. The director will keep everyone informed.
14. What can I do, as a parent, to help my child succeed? Click here for some practical suggestions.
15. Is musical instrument insurance available? Most commercial music dealers will offer insurance with their rent-to-own contracts. This insurance may cover loss, theft and accidental damage in addition to routine repairs. Ask the dealer for details. If you own the instrument, consult your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to see if musical instruments are covered. Some may require a detailed description, including serial number and a purchase receipt or appraisal voucher.