Dear Parents & Guardians:
We are excited that your child is interested in joining our band program! The purpose of the program is to begin the study of a musical instrument and experience the joy of music through playing that instrument. However, the benefits to your child go beyond learning music. They learn how to practice and improve at a skill; they develop focus, confidence, and discipline; they learn responsibility as they care for their instrument; and they learn teamwork as they play with the band. While we will have fun along the way, the primary goal is for students to achieve basic proficiency on their instrument, which takes hard work but is ultimately a rewarding achievement.
This information about the band program some helpful suggestions to help students succeed. Please read all of this information carefully with your child.
In order for students to meet their full potential, they are expected to fulfill the following basic responsibilities:
Students are expected to attend each band class. If a student is absent from school for that day, they should find out what they missed in the lesson and practice for the next class. However, if a student is present at school, and does not come to band, that absence is unexcused. Students will receive a calendar that indicates the schedule for band each month.
Students are expected to bring their instrument, music, pencil, and supplies to every band class. It is difficult to learn if any of these items are missing.
Students are expected to practice at home every day and make progress between lessons. Each new lesson builds on the previous one. If a student is practicing daily, but not making progress, they can contact Mrs. Aquila to ask for further help.
Students are expected to complete their homework for their regular classes and make up any work missed during band so that their other grades remain high.
Students who are responsible in each of these areas will achieve success. If a student does not meet these responsibilities, they will be sent back to class, will miss out on the band lesson that day, and the absence will be unexcused. If this is the first time there is a problem, Mrs. Aquila will speak with the student and give them a warning. However, if problems continue, the student will receive an unexcused absence slip that must be signed by the parent and returned at the next band class. A student who receives three slips is subject to removal from the band program.
Finally, concert participation is required. We are planning to have a concert at the end of the year so that the students can share their progress with you. This will be an evening concert (tentative) in the spring. This will be a graded performance and your student will be expected to participate.