How our Education Programs Workdeandimarzo2020-08-10T15:54:57+00:00
How our Education Programs Work
1. Live Demonstration
Children get to watch a live demonstration of each instrument being performed at school. Our team of musicians explain the basics of each instrument, and then perform a medley of songs so the children can hear a real instrumental ensemble.
After the demonstration, each child is provided a registration form to take home. The registration period usually lasts one week after the demonstration.
However, it’s NEVER TOO LATE to join the program! There is a registration fee and tuition, and there are options to add rental equipment if needed. Registration can also be completed online.
Each teacher assembles the lesson groups once the registration forms are received. Lessons are a 30-minute, small-group lessons. Lessons take place either during school or after school (depending on the school). Lessons scheduled during the school day are on a rotating schedule so a child never misses the same class period twice in a row.
Each participant will receive a schedule at least a week prior to the first lesson to bring home. The schedule details the times and groups for each student and confirm if a rental instrument was requested.
4. The First Lesson
At the first lesson, each student will receive lesson materials and if requested during the registration process, either their rental instrument or new instrument purchase.
Each child will learn how to assemble and disassemble their instrument, basic maintenance, and how to produce a sound in the first lesson!
5. Progress Reports
Progress reports are written for each student highlighting the areas where students are excelling and any areas where a student may be struggling.
These are sent home twice per school year – once around December, and once towards the end of the school year.
6. Practicing at Home
Students are expected to practice at home. We’ve all heard the mantra “practice makes perfect”. Students are expected to practice at least three times a week for no less than 20 minutes.
Learn how you can help here… [link to practice blog]
First-year students have the opportunity to play in a full-band ensemble group at the end of the school year. A letter will go home to parents with the date and time of the performance.
Students who are continuing from the previous year, typically perform both a holiday concert in December and in the performance at the end of the year.
Students will have several full-group rehearsals prior to their performances. See a real performance of an Honor Band here [link to honor band video]
8. End of School Year
At the end of the school year, students are encouraged to continue their practice over the summer. There are discounted options to keep the rental instruments over the summer and through the next school year.