We are glad you will be joining our band family! While you are waiting to try out the different instruments, here is a video that gives you an idea of how each one looks and sounds:
Q: My child is involved in sports and other after-school activities. Will they have enough time to be in band?
A: Yes! 6th grade band students do not have group rehearsals outside the school day. Beginner band is a class that meets during the school day. Most of our students are very involved in other sports, acitivities, and clubs inside and outside of school.
Q: My child has never studied music before? Will they be successful if they sign up for band?
A: Yes! Most of our students have never played a musical instrument before they come to us. We start from square one and teach all of the fundemental skills necessary to be successful in playing and reading music.
Q: How will you help decide which instrument my child will play?
A: Each child will have the opportunity to sit down with a teacher and try each of our 11 different instruments. The teachers will help guide each family into making a decision that will be a great fit for your child.
Q: What if my child already knows which instrument they want to play?
A: We encourage students to come with an open mind when choosing an instrument. Many students are very familiar with the sound of a saxophone or trumpet, but may have not ever thought about trying the bassoon or euphonium. Different physical characteristics will make producing a sound easier on some instruments than others for each person Our goal is to find the instrument that each student will have the most natural success with.
Q: Will my child perform in concerts as a part of the band?
A: Yes! The 6th grade band students will perform three concerts during the school year. Parents will be amazed at the level of musicianship that is displayed from these wonderful young performers.
Q: What are private lessons?
A: Many of our families take advantage of the private lesson instruction program that takes place at Kealing, but it is not a requirement for every student to do so. Private lessons are offered for any student who would like extra instruction with a professional who specializes on their instrument. It is incredibily helpful to have beginner students be able to have an individualized curriculum that works at their own pace. Private lessons take place at Kealing before school, after school, or during the student’s band class period.
Q: Should I go buy an instrument?
A: Not yet! Purchasing, or renting an instrument can be complicated. Instruments come in a variety of brands and models with different options and accessories. Once we help your family select which instrument your child will play, we will give you all the information you will need about supplies.