Music with Mrs. Weeder

Tuesday: Band & Instrumental Lessons  
Thursday: Chorus & Music Class 

Chorus is open to all JGS students. Kindergartners are invited to join after winter break. Students are offered one "try it" class and then are asked to make a commitment to come every Monday. We meet for 30 min during the school day and perform at the 2 school concerts and many school assemblies.

Instrumental lessons are optional for students in grades 4-6 and are offered during the school day. There are two performing ensembles for instrumentalists: 5/6 Band and 4th Grade Band. 

September 20, 2018

Dear Families,

Greetings from the music room! I am writing to inform you about:

Fourth Grade Instrument Lessons.

Starting in fourth grade, JGS students have the option to participate in instrument lessons and I encourage them to do so. Scientific studies show that students who study music have higher level reading, vocabulary, fine motor, math, memory, and listening skills!

Today students had demonstration day, where they were able to see and hear the different instruments available for them to study at school. Hopefully your student has become inspired to play an instrument!

Here are the answers to many frequently asked questions by parents and students about learning an instrument at JGS:

How much does it cost?

Lessons are a part of our school program and happen during the day for free. Instruments cost money to rent. Students will also need to purchase a few additional items, including a book, listed later.

If cost is a concern please contact me or the school. We want everyone to be able to play.

What instrument can I play?

Students may choose from: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion (drums & bells).

Keep in mind that there are no boy/girl instruments and no instrument is easier than another. Pick the instrument you like the sound of the most!

How do I get an instrument?

You can lease your instrument from a music store. The North Conway Music Center put on our demo day and is more than capable of helping you get the instrument that you want and need.

You can also buy an instrument if you are able, but I strongly encourage you to talk to me before you do this. Buying an instrument is a large investment and if you are not musically savvy you may encounter some difficulty. Do not buy an instrument from a large company like Wal-Mart or Amazon, these instruments are not of good quality and end up costing more in the long run.

If acquiring an instrument is at all a problem please contact me.

What else do I need?

Each student will need to buy a workbook. Please send in $3 with this permission slip.

All instruments need to have something to clean them (a cleaning rod and cloth, or a swab).

Some instruments require extra supplies (which are usually supplied with the instrument):

Clarinet - reeds and cork grease

Sax - reeds, cork grease and neck strap

Trumpet - valve oil and cleaning brush.

Trombone - slide oil and cleaning brush.

Percussionists will need sticks and a drum pad. It is not necessary to rent the snare drum kit unless you wish to do so.

When do I begin?

Bring your instrument to school on Tuesday, Sept 25 for your first lesson!

What is the commitment?

Playing an instrument is a serious commitment and will take a lot of time and patience in order to master. The best thing to do is play a little bit every day, NOT once a week for a long time. Try to set aside a time everyday when your student can play so that it becomes routine.

Learning an instrument can be frustrating because you want to be able to play right away, but it will require practice and patience. Students may need some encouragement from home if they start to feel upset or defeated. Please let me know if this is ever the case. Let’s work as a team to make sure that your student is successful.

Can I play in the band?

Students are encouraged to join the band when they are ready. We will meet as a fourth grade band in the spring to practice playing in an ensemble.

Also, all students are invited to join our school chorus, which meets on Thursdays. Singing has been proven to help people learn to play their instrument more easily!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please email me. I am looking forward to another year of making music together!

Lauren Weeder

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