Does band, orchestra, and choir interfere with sports?
No. Band, choir, and orchestra are classes during the school day. We only have three or so concerts a year that are in the evening and generally held after practice or the game. If there is a conflict with any athletic event, we can find a solution.
My child has Asthma, can they still participate?
Yes. Most children’s asthma will actually improve due to the fact they are working and training their lungs to breathe properly and efficiently.
Does band, orchestra, and choir count as a grade?
Yes. Band, orchestra, and choir are academic classes. The grade students receive counts towards their Grade Point Average and will help them make honor roll.
Does my child need to know how to play an instrument to join?
No. We teach them everything they need to know.
Do I need to purchase an instrument?
We recommend renting. Purchasing an instrument can be good if you know what you are looking for. However, it’s a lot like buying a used car. You can get stuck with a lemon and outgrow it rather quickly. Renting and Rent-to-own plans come with an insurance plan that covers both repair and loss as well as the opportunity to have your payments apply towards a step-up intermediate model. Very handy for kids that bump into things accidentally. The district also provides students the option to rent an instrument for a yearly fee.
Do I have to rent from the school?
No, you are free to go where ever you wish. Your director can provide you a list of dealers that are reliable, have good service, and insurance covers you for everything. When purchasing/renting an instrument or selecting a store here are some things to ask about; Is the rental a rent to own program? Is the instrument going to be repaired by a trained and certified repairman? Does the insurance cover you for everything from minor adjustments to replacement if it is lost or stolen?
Is music really good for my student?
Yes. Research shows students in music perform better on tests, are better behaved in the academic environment, are better adjusted to social situations, and colleges tend to offer students in fine arts more money in scholarships then students not involved in fine arts.
Do you go on any field trips?
Yes! We actually go on many field trips and participate in numerous community engagement activities throughout the year. Our groups have had the opportunity to perform at CherryVale Mall, Stroll on State, nursing homes, elementary schools, board meetings, and even at Six Flags Great America.
What do you think of ordering instruments online?
You get what you pay for. Always consult your director before making any investments in instruments so that you can be sure you are getting the appropriate model for your student's level and needs. There is usually a reason instruments are listed for only $50 online... it's because they are not very good.
Do instrument brands really matter?
They most certainly do! You get what you pay for. Some instruments cost more than others because of several factors but most notably for materials and craftsmanship. An instrument may have more metal or have a higher quality of materials which will withstand the daily grind of daily use better than some other brands. You never want to put your student in the situation where they become discouraged or have self-doubt in their abilities when it may not be their fault but rather the instrument or how it was assembled. Also keep in mind that an instrument is an investment and will need to be serviced at least once or twice a year. Often times, selecting a quality instrument from the beginning will visit the shop less for accidental and costly repairs down the road. If in doubt what to get, always consult your director before you buy.
How much does it cost to get an instrument repair estimate?
Find a shop that offers free estimates and don't hesitate to shop around.
How long will it take to repair my instrument?
A good repair shop will work with you to get your instrument repair completed and back to you quickly. For longer more involved repairs, ask for a courtesy loaner instrument for use while your instrument is being repaired.
When is the best time to bring in my repair?
I recommend bringing your instrument in for repair during winter and summer breaks. Please remember that back to school season is often very busy for the repair shop, so have your instrument serviced early in the summer season to avoid the need for any last minute repairs.
Is my instrument worth repairing? Should I repair or replace my instrument?
Most name brand instruments are worth having repaired. Instruments that are properly repaired and serviced can last for many years. For instruments requiring costly repairs we recommend discussing rental and purchase options with your local retail store before making a final decision. If in doubt, contact your director.
Why do I need my instrument adjusted? Isn’t that done at the factory?
Though your instrument leaves the factory in playing condition standard wear and tear from regular use and practice affects your instrument. Even if the instrument is protected in the case, bumping it into a wall or door or dropping it off a chair and onto the floor will slightly distort the alignment. We suggest having your instrument serviced twice a year to keep it in good playing condition.
Do I really need my brass instrument cleaned? It doesn’t look that dirty.
Though the exterior of your instrument may not seem dirty, grease and dirt build up on the interior of your instrument. This build up causes valves and slides to become sticky or sluggish. Build up can even cause your mouthpiece to become stuck. The repair shop offers professional cleaning services to keep your instrument in good playing condition.
Does weather affect my instrument?
Weather can have a big affect on the play-ability of your instrument. Avoiding extreme temperature changes is important. High and low humidity can also have a big affect on how your instrument functions. Talk to a local store or repair technician to find out the best way to protect your instrument.
How often should I bring my instrument into the shop?
We suggest having your instrument serviced twice a year to keep it in good playing condition. Winter and summer break are often ideal times to bring your instrument in for servicing.
Do dents affect how my instrument plays?
In some cases dents are cosmetic, but most dents do affect how your instrument plays. Dents can also affect the instruments structural integrity. It is always good to have dents removed to keep your horn in top condition.
What happens if I break my school owned rental instrument?
You are responsible for any and all repairs that may arise while the instrument is in your care. Take good care of your instrument and you should be fine.
What happens if I can't make the upcoming concert?
Emergencies arise from time to time. We ask that if you know about a future conflict with one of our required events, that a parent write a letter to the director as to the conflict and a phone number at which they can be reached. Letters from home must be received two weeks in advance in order for the absence to be excused. Absences from school the day of the concert should be followed up the next day with a note from your doctor. Unexcused absences will result in a failing grade for the quarter and may include recommendation for removal from their music class. We take concerts and performances very seriously and want everyone to be there and playing their best at all times.
Are instrument supplies included in my instrument rental?
Generally, instrument rentals from a local music shop will get you started on the basics of what you will need to be successful during the first month of playing and so that you have an idea of what you will get to get the next time you visit their shop. School owned instrument rentals do not come with any supplies. Items like valve oil, cork grease, reeds, slide grease, mouthpiece disinfectant, and bow rosin will need to be purchased online or at your local music shop.
What is your policy towards drinks during class?
Plain water in a bottle that can be sealed is acceptable. Flavored, sugary, carbonated, sport, vitamin, or juice drinks are not permitted in the music room. It may seem like something simple but that sweet treat may attract bugs, bees, and other things we don't want in the music rooms. If you don't want it to be thrown out please keep it in your locker.
What is your policy towards cell phones during class?
The music classes have a zero tolerance policy towards cell phones during class. Using cell phones during class will result in a referral, confiscation of the phone, and surrender of it to the principal for disciplinary action. Do not bring it to class.
What is your policy towards chewing gum?
Chewing gum is not permitted at any time in the music room. Put your gum in the trash upon entering the room. You will be asked to throw it away. It may seem like something simple but that sweet treat may attract bugs, bees, and other things we don't want in the music rooms. Keep it in your locker!
What is your policy towards snacks and food during class?
You will be asked to throw it away and a referral will be written. It may seem like something simple but that sweet treat may attract bugs, bees, and other things we don't want in the music rooms. Keep it in your locker!
Do we do any fundraisers?
Yes, we do several but they are always optional.