Dear 6th Grade Parents,
If your student was selected to switch instruments during our recent instrument switch tryouts (they were informed earlier this week), please read the following information. All other students and families can disregard the message below.
Students who were selected to play percussion are required to play their current instrument in class and will play percussion on a rotating basis. Beginning band percussionists are asked to rent a bell kit (it looks like a mini metal xylophone). A bell kit also comes with a practice pad as well as sticks and one set of mallets. The bell kit is meant to stay at home so that percussion students can practice when they’re at home. The bell kit never comes to school. Students who were selected also indicated that they’d be willing to take piano or percussion lessons. Please contact me if you need help finding a teacher.
Students who were selected to play any other instrument will need to rent the instrument: please check with your preferred music store to see if they have your instrument available for rent (we recommend Beacock Music or Music World). If they do have it, please have it in class and ready for band on Monday. You may return your former instrument when you rent your new instrument: there is no need to keep your old instrument.
If the music stores don’t have your instrument available to rent, please E-Mail me and let me know ASAP. We do have a limited number instruments available for rent, but many currently need to be repaired. We are happy to repair and rent them out on an “as needed” basis. Until students receive their repaired instrument, they should bring their current instrument to class.
In the event that parents would rather their student stays on the instrument they’re currently playing, please E-Mail me so that I adjust my records.
ALL students who were selected to switch instruments should procure the following over the weekend:
*Instrument they were selected to switch to. Please rent (do not buy!). Also, please do not assemble or play until I or Mr. Mancini has had an opportunity to instruct you.
*Tradition of Excellence Vol. 1 band book for your NEW instrument (each book is instrument-specific). Those switching to baritone/euphonium will be asked whether they’ll need a book in treble or bass clef. We prefer students get their book in bass clef, but if a student already reads treble clef, they may get a book in treble clef.
*Woodwinds only: box of reeds (2.5 strength)
Any music store will be able to easily help you find the above items.
Finally, students who are switching have voluntarily taken on an extra responsibility, and the expectation is that once they are set up and Mr. Mancini or I are able to get them started during class, they will take the initiative and practice more than usual until they are caught up with the rest of the class. If they need help, students are always welcome to come in before or after school (just please let me know in advance so that I can be sure to be there when they arrive). Students who are having difficulty and are not practicing or coming in for help will be asked to return to playing their former instrument.
Please let me know if you have any questions! I have a busy performance schedule this weekend, but I’ll check E-Mail Saturday evening to answer any instrument switching questions parents might have.
Have a great weekend!
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