2020/21 Beginning of the year Information (Under Distance Learning)
Here is a little information about what the first couple of weeks of music will be like this year.
Intermediate music will consist of organizing ourselves, getting to know each other, figuring out Schoology and online instruction, and most importantly, deciding which instruments we are going to play! For many students, this decision will become a big part of their lives for the next 7 years, and in some cases, much longer!
Selecting an Instrument: To start the year we will explore all the instruments offered. I will explain the roles each instrument plays in the ensemble and provide information that will help the students make their choice. I will explain potential pitfalls (braces, missing teeth, etc.) and what I consider the pros and cons of the different instruments. Ultimately, however, it will come down to which instrument the student identifies with most.
Students are encouraged to continue on the instrument they played in 5th grade, but many are ready to explore other options.
- Orchestra students may choose to receive instruction on violin, viola, cello, or bass.
- Band students may choose to receive instruction on flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, or tuba. Percussion will not be taught to start the year, but I will hold mini-percussion sessions during the morning student support classes if anyone is interested. Depending on when we return to in-class rehearsals, auditions will held for those interested in playing percussion.
Students that take private lessons will be encouraged to continue on that instrument. If you are studying privately on percussion, you must play a wind instrument during distance learning instruction.
Students are expected to provide their own instrument, but should not rent one until we have finished exploring the different instruments (unless currently studying privately).
School Instruments: We do provide certain large and expensive instruments (i.e., tuba, baritone, French horn, bass clarinet, string bass, etc). We generally do not provide the “core” instruments, however we are fortunate to have a very limited supply of flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, or viola.
If needs exceed inventory, these instruments will be allotted via lottery.
Renting/Buying Instruments: I strongly recommend renting an instrument for the first 3 months. Family heirlooms are fine, but make sure they work! Do not be tempted by “Great Deals” over the internet, online auction sites, or large discount stores. The prices are cheap because the instruments are of unknown quality. These instruments are difficult to play and easily break.
Music stores often refuse to fix low quality instruments because the cost of repair can be more than the value of the instrument! Go to a quality music store! When it is time to get instruments, I will provide a list of reputable stores.
Mr Divita, Music Director, CMS
925 606-4702, #6510