What if I am not sure if I want my child to do band?
Remember when your children wouldn’t eat the food you made for them? You always said, “Try it before you decide you don’t like it.” Band is the same way. Your child should sign up for band even if you or they are unsure. Have your child take band for one year and then decide if they like it. If they don't like the class they can choose to do something else the next year. What if I don’t know anything about music?
That’s ok! We will teach your child everything they need to know, step by step. From how to assemble and care for the instrument to reading notes and rhythms, we will guide your child through the process. All that is needed from you is an enthusiastic attitude and patient ears when your child comes home and makes their first sound.
How much out of school time is required?
Band is no different than any other curricular area. We ask that your child spend some time with their instrument each and every week. Think of it as musical homework, but much more fun.
What instrument should my child play?
The answer depends on a variety of things, but in the end, it is most important that the play something that they enjoy. I will also help guide your child based on his/her musical interests, physical make-up, and instrument availability. Your child knows what she wants, you know your child, and I know music. Together we will find the instrument that she will not only enjoy but will give her the best chance of musical success.
What are the costs?
The costs associated with band depend on which instrument your child chooses and if you already own an instrument. We wish funds were available for us to provide every child with an instrument, however, this is simply not possible. You can rent a quality instrument from a local music store at a very reasonable price. You can contact Cooper Music at (479)-967-3237 and ASBS at (479)-968-5108 if you would like help on how to rent an instrument. If financial constraints prevents you from being able to do this, please contact me and allow me to help. We will not let instrument availability or financial constraints keep your child from participating.
What if I have other questions?
Please know that I am here to answer any and all questions that you may have. Due to the busy nature of our program and schools in general, it is sometimes difficult to contact me by phone. The best way to contact me electronically is through firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow me to respond to your query, whether you are available by phone or not.
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