BEGINNING BAND INFORMATION for upcoming 6th graders
We are excited that you are considering becoming a part of our band program at Reedy Creek Magnet Middle School. You may have many questions regarding band, and hopefully this page will provide answers for you. After reading through this information,
please feel free to contact our band director, Angela Torres (firstname.lastname@example.org) with further questions. Here are some of the highlights:
Beginning band is offered to sixth grade students. Sixth grade is the only opportunity to enroll in beginning band.
Instruments taught in beginning band are flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone. Upon director recommendation, students may move to other instruments later in the year (oboe, bassoon, saxophone, euphonium, horn , tuba, and percussion).
Although helpful, no prior musical experience is necessary for beginning band.
Our beginning band classes meet during the school day.
Each beginning band student will need to supply his own instrument, instrument cleaning supplies, and band book.
Instruments must be in good playing condition. Those that are purchased or rented from a source other than local music stores (Big Note Music, Music & Arts, or Quarter Note Music) will need to be approved by Ms. Torres, as some instrument brands are less reliable or difficult to repair.
It is sometimes necessary for us to limit the number of students on a particular instrument to achieve proper
balance of instrumentation.
Registering for Beginning Band
When 5th graders receive registration information for 6th grade, they are asked to choose an elective class. These are classes that allow students to explore academic areas that are not offered in their “core” or “team” classes. Band is a
year-long elective, meaning that a student who enrolls in band will remain in band class for the entire school year. It is our hope that they will continue in 7th, 8th grade, and possibly high school, as well! Only students who put band as their number one "1" elective choice will be enrolled. If band is listed as any other elective choice (any choice beside number 1), the student(s) will NOT be enrolled in band class for the upcoming school year.
If your child has already registered for another elective, or if your child did not turn in an elective registration form, it is still possible to enroll in band. Please contact our band director for information on changing your child’s schedule. It is best to do this sooner rather than later, as schedule changes are discouraged after the first couple of days of school.
Obtaining an Instrument
Your child will need to decide between flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone. We limit the options to these four due to cost and instructional efficiency. Students are allowed to audition for other instruments later in the school year. Students interested in auditioning for saxophone later in the year should begin on clarinet or flute. Students interested in percussion may start on any of
the four beginner instruments.
We strongly recommend renting an instrument rather than purchasing. This allows us to be sure that the instrument is a good fit for your child before you have invested a large sum of money with a full purchase. You are under no obligation to obtain an instrument from any particular company, but be sure to seek the guidance of the band director prior to committing to an instrument!
Links for reading music
How to read treble clef notes.
How to read bass clef notes.
Note values, duration and time signature.
Counting and clapping rhythms.
Links for assembling and initial sound on your instrument
How to assemble the flute.
How to hold the flute.
How to make an initial sound on the flute.
How to assemble the reed, ligature, mouthpiece and barrel of the clarinet.
How to assemble the clarinet.
How to hold the clarinet.
How to make an initial sound on the clarinet.
How to assemble the saxophone.
How to hold the saxophone.
How assemble the reed, ligature and mouthpiece and neck of the saxophone.
How to make an initial sound on the saxophone.
How to assemble the trumpet.
How to make hold the trumpet.
How to make an initial sound on the trumpet mouthpiece.
How to assemble and hold the trombone.
How to make an initial sound on the trombone.