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Band Letter to Parents

September 5, 2019 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians, We would like to offer your child the opportunity to play a musical instrument. The instrumental music program at Morse Pond is a valued and integral part of the curriculum in the Falmouth Public Schools. Studying a musical instrument is rewarding and fun, having an impact on your child’s development that will last a lifetime. It develops responsibility, self-discipline, concentration, and self-confidence. It fosters social skills and the ability to work with others, cultivating creativity and a lifelong appreciation of music. 

 

Group lessons, 30 minutes long, are offered for both beginning and advanced students once every six days. The classroom teacher agrees upon lesson time, and students are scheduled at the most appropriate time for them as possible. A full band class is scheduled during school for 6th graders on D day and for 5th graders on C day. This class takes place during Enrichment Period. The Jazz Band offered after school on Wednesdays is for advanced instrumentalists that have already played their instruments before. In order for students to participate in the jazz band students must also participate in band during school. Students will perform at three evening concerts, and possibly at the Christmas and Memorial Day parades. 

 

Recently your student attended a demonstration of instruments that are offered at Morse Pond. Weller’s Instrument Service was chosen by the Falmouth Public Schools through a bid process and offers a rental plan as a convenience to you. However, you may acquire an instrument, new or used, from any source. The method book, “Standard of Excellence” Book 1 is necessary for each student to have and it may be purchased at the rental “Pick-up-night” or purchased by you online (be sure that you get the book for the correct instrument). There are a few school owned instruments offered in cases of financial need, and this should be discussed with Mr. Borning. 

 

If you would like your child to participate in the music program, please complete the back page of this packet and return it by the deadline of Friday, September 13. (Students who have already participated in the band program and plan to continue must also return the form.) If you choose to rent from Weller’s Instrument Service please check the appropriate box on the form attached. Pick up night is on Tuesday evening, September 17, from 6:30 P.M.- 7:30 P.M. in the Morse Pond School cafeteria. Weller’s Instrument Service’s contact information is below if you have any questions. 

 

Cordially, 

 

Tom Borning Weller’s Instrument Service

tborning@falmouth.k12.ma.us 617-877-1070

Instrumental Music Teacher wellersinstrumentservice@yahoo.com





Did You Know……. 

  • In 2007 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. 

 

  • In 2006, SAT takers with coursework in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 43 points higher on the math portion. 

 

  • During the 2012-2014 school years, Morse Pond Band students scored an average of 10 points higher on ELA MCAS and 12 points higher on Math MCAS than their classmates. 

 

  • Lewis Thomas, physician and biologist, found that music majors comprise the highest percentage of accepted medical students at 66%. 






Please return this form, completed, to Mr. Borning ASAP.

 

Put a check mark next to the instrument you wish to play. *A lottery system will be put in place for those that choose Percussion/Drums so those people should also include a 2nd choice. 

 

_____ Flute _____ Clarinet _____ Alto Saxophone _____ Trumpet _____ Trombone 

 

_____ Baritone ______ Oboe ______French Horn ______ *Percussion/ Drums 




Please check one below. 

 

_____ 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. **Please note that Music and Arts requests a credit card number on the rental agreement.**

 

 _____ I already have/rent an instrument or will get one somewhere else. Please check one below. 

 

_____ I played last year in band (playing the instrument checked above)

 

 _____ This will be my first time playing the instrument checked above Student 




Name_________________________________________________ 

 

Phone #_____________________________ 

 

Parent email address_________________________ 

 

Classroom Teacher_________________________ Room Number ________________ 

 

Parent/Guardian Signature_____________________________________________








Please do not send any money with this form. Money, check or credit card number is given when instruments and/or method books are purchased online or picked up on rental night. 

 

If you are renting an instrument – Please note that Music and Arts requests a credit card number on the rental agreement. 

 

In cases of financial need there are a few school owned instruments that can be rented for a small fee. Please contact Mr. Borning to inquire. 

 

Rental Prices (approximately) 

 

Group A First 3 Months Monthly Thereafter 

Flute 

Clarinet 

Trumpet $29 $29 

Trombone 

Percussion 

 

Group B First 3 Months Monthly Thereafter 

Alto Saxophone $45 $45 

Oboe 

 

Group C* First 3 Months Monthly Thereafter

Baritone $112 $72 

French Horn 

 

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 or online. Clarinets and saxes should get size 2 or 2 ½ and oboe should get medium soft. 



Also note that care kits and music stands will be available for purchase at rental night, but are not required. *Please note that Music and Arts may not have instruments from Group C on hand on rental night, but the instruments will be delivered to you within a few days of the rental agreement being filled out.