4th Grade Band Info
September 1, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We would like to offer your child the opportunity to play a musical instrument. The 4th grade instrumental music program is a valued and integral part of the curriculum in the Falmouth Public Schools. Studying a musical instrument is rewarding, fun and has a positive impact on your child’s development that will last a lifetime. It develops responsibility, self-discipline, concentration, self-confidence, creativity and a lifelong appreciation of music.
This program will take place either in the mornings or afternoons starting the first week of October. (Please see the specific times below) Instruction will be provided by a certified music teacher with the assistance of qualified and responsible Falmouth High School students and/or volunteers. The only cost to you is the rental or purchase of an instrument and the method book. Parents are responsible for their students’ transportation to/from rehearsals. Students must be dropped off or picked up promptly for all rehearsals.
1st Lesson at Elementary School (Required) - 1st Week of October.
North Falmouth Elementary School: Thursday afternoons 3:30-4:20pm
East Falmouth Elementary School: Tuesday mornings 8:00-8:50am
Teaticket Elementary School: Thursday mornings 8:00-8:50am
Mullen Hall Elementary School: Wednesday mornings 8:00-8:50 (Trumpets & Trombones) OR Thursday mornings (Flute, Clarinet, Sax) 8:00-8:50am
Your child will see a demonstration of the instruments at school. Through a bid process Weller’s Instrument Service was selected by the Falmouth Public Schools to offer a rental plan as a convenience to you. However, you may acquire an instrument, new or used, from any source. It is important that all students have the method book “Standard of Excellence” Book 1. This book can be purchased on the instrument rental night or online. There is also a limited supply of school owned instruments that students with financial hardships may use. Please email Mr. Steven Edwards to discuss this.
If you would like your student to participate in the program, please complete the last page of this packet and return it by Friday, September 20th. You have the choice of renting in person or renting online. To avoid the lines you can rent online at wellersinstrumentserviceinc.com and click on “rentals.” If you prefer to rent in person the rental night is on Tuesday, September 24 in the Morse Pond cafeteria from 6-8pm.
There will be an optional introductory group lesson at 6:30pm at the Lawrence School on Thursday, September 26. Please meet in the auditorium. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch. This should last about an hour.
Please feel free to email or call if you have any questions or concerns.
Steven Edwards, Fine Arts Department Head, K-12
Did You Know…….
- The Harris Poll revealed that 88% of all people with post graduate degrees were involved in a music program in high school.
- Students involved in music programs scored 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in Math on standardized tests.
- SAT takers with coursework in music performance have scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 43 points higher on the math portion.
- In1993 the Massachusetts State Legislature voted into law that the ARTS (music) are to be a CORE SUBJECT, along side math, science, language arts, and social studies.
- The No Child Left Behind Act identifies the arts as a Core subject.
In cases of financial need there are a few school owned instruments that can be rented for a substantially smaller fee or even free of charge. Please contact your school’s music teacher to inquire.
North Falmouth Elementary Teaticket Elementary
Jeanine Kelly Emma O’Neil
Mullen Hall Elementary East Falmouth Elementary
Teresa Jazo Korey Charles
Kari Fietek - Band Teacher
Group A First 3 Months Monthly Thereafter
Trumpet $29 $29
Group B First 3 Months Monthly Thereafter
Alto Saxophone $45 $45
Group C* First 3 Months Monthly Thereafter
Baritone $112 $72
***If you are renting an instrument – Please note that Music and Arts requests a credit card number on the rental agreement.***
All prices listed include insurance that covers damage. Repairs are free of charge to your instrument as long as you are renting. The above prices are subject to MA State tax which is not included above.
It is important to know that clarinet, saxophone and oboe players will need to periodically buy reeds and should probably buy a small box at rental night. Also note that care kits and music stands will be available for purchase at rental night, but are not required.
Please return this information only to your child’s teacher.
You can also submit this information using our online Registration
Please do not send any money with the form. Money is given when instruments and/or method books are picked up on rental night at the Morse Pond School between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.
I wish to play the following instrument:(Please select one)
_____ Flute _____ Clarinet _____ Alto Saxophone
_____ Trumpet _____ Trombone _____ Baritone
(Please select one)
_____ I would like to rent an instrument from Music and Arts and would like one reserved for me to be picked up on rental night.
_____ I will rent online at wellersinstrumentserviceinc.com
_____ I already have an instrument or will get one somewhere else.
Phone #_____________________________ Email address________________________
School______________________________ Classroom Teacher____________________
_____ Student will be picked up after instrument lesson
_____ Student will be going to Kids Club after instrument lesson