In third through fifth grades, students are eligible to play any of the following instruments- violin, viola, or cello. Students will have two thirty-minute lessons or rehearsals per week, and may be in the Beginning or Advanced Orchestra. Additional orchestra rehearsals will be scheduled when appropriate.
In fourth and fifth grades, students are eligible to play any of the following band instruments- flute, oboe*, clarinet, saxophone*, trumpet, French horn*, trombone, baritone, tuba, or percussion* (* director's permission required, outside private lessons are required for oboe and French horn). Students will have two thirty-minute lessons or rehearsals per week, and may be in the Beginning or Advanced Band. Additional band rehearsals will be scheduled when appropriate.
If your child is new to instrumental music, they will need to return the enclosed signup form to their homeroom teacher no later than SEPTEMBER 4 for 4th graders and SEPTEMBER 8 for 3rd grade strings. I will then schedule an initial meeting with your child to determine the best instrument for them. For example, a child who may be getting braces would not be best suited for the trumpet because of the pressure placed on the lips from the mouthpiece. Please do not rent your instrument until your child has had that initial meeting with me. They will then receive an informational packet for you. Returning strings and 5th grade band students should bring their instruments and books the week of September 9th.
Music lessons are provided as a regular part of the curriculum during the school day. However, parents are responsible for providing the instrument, instruction books, and other materials as needed. I recommend using a "Rent-to-Own" plan until you are reasonable satisfied that your child has progressed enough to warrant instrument purchase. Below is some information where you may obtain a quality rental instrument of you choice, but please wait until you have received the information packet from me before you acquire one. If you feel that your child's participation in band or strings would create an excessive financial hardship, please contact me.
Music and Arts Center
9210 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042
4872 Montgomery Rd.
Ellicott CIty, MD 21043
743 Frederick Rd. Catonsville, MD 21228
8240 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910
Gailes' Violin Shop
10013 Rhode Island Ave. College Park, MD 20740
Baltimore Brass Co.
99 Mellor Ave. Catonsville, MD 21228
Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center
11151 Vier's Mill Rd. Wheaton, MD 20902
Maryland Piano Service
9139 F Red Branch Rd. Columbia, MD 21045