FAQs about the Instrumental Music Program
- What instruments can my student play?
- Band: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and percussion
- Orchestra: violin, viola, cello, and string bass
- Where can I rent an instrument?
- We have many instruments available to rent from the county. The fee for the year is $100; $50 for students on reduced lunch; $25 for students on free lunch. Preference for school rentals for free and reduced lunch students.
- Percussion students are expected to purchase their own sticks and practice pads for practicing at home.
- You may also go to a local music store (Foxes Music, Music and Arts, or Chuck Levins) and rent instruments.
- I do NOT recommend purchasing an instrument for a 4th or 5th grade student since most music stores have rent-to-own programs. Instruments from retail stores (not music stores) are often not as good a deal as they seem – many instruments break quickly and parts are very rare or very expensive.
- How are lessons scheduled?
- Students should register before mid-September.
- Once students are registered I will place them into small groups with similar instruments.
- Lessons will meet once a week for 35 minutes.
- Lessons are scheduled during the school day, but I do my very best to not pull students out of classes like math, science, or writing.
- Are there any performances?
- Yes! We have 2 concerts each year. The spring concert has two performances – one during the school day and one in the evening.
- Evening concerts will start at 7 pm. Students should arrive at 6:30.
- We have a concert dress at Glebe of black shoes, black pants/skirt, and a white top. However, students are NOT graded on what they wear, just on their ability to come and play to the best of their ability!
Other Local Band and Orchestra Websites to check out:
Swanson Middle School
Williamsburg Middle School electives, Williamsburg Middle School Band
H-B Woodlawn Music, H-B Woodlawn Band (Facebook page)
Washington-Lee High School
Yorktown High School: Music and Band