The Instrumental Music Program in School District 102 has existed for over 65 years. Through these years, thousands of children have received an education in instrumental music, performing in our bands and orchestras. Currently, anywhere from 550-650 students participate in our program which is one of the reasons why our Instrumental Music Program has earned a reputation of excellence in this community.
Band instruments include: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, cornet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion. Orchestra instruments include: violin, viola, cello and string bass. A quick way to distinguish band instruments from orchestra instruments is: Band--you ‘blow’, Orchestra--you ‘bow’. Our full-time Instrumental Music instructors are: Tom Culver (Orchestra) and Jason Lyons (Band). Our part time instructors include: Nancy Flanagan (Band), Carolyn May (Band), and Jeff Teppema (Orchestra).
There are three basic parts to our program: 1) Small Group Lessons, 2) Large Group Rehearsals, 3) At-Home Practice
1. Small Group Lessons - Each band and orchestra student will receive one 30-minute lesson per week on his instrument. Typically, each grade school has Orchestra lessons on one set day and Band on another. Quite often a 3rd lesson day per school may be added to accommodate large numbers of beginning (4th grade) members. Lessons are held during the school day at students’ respective schools. The lesson time will rotate by one half hour each consecutive week so that the child will not miss the same academic class more than once in a 9-week period of time. The student is expected to leave class 3 minutes prior to the lesson ‘start’ time, attend a 30-minute lesson, then arrive back to class within 3 minutes of the lesson ‘end’ time, for a total of 36 minutes. A schedule listing all the students with their assigned lesson dates/times will be issued every 3 months.
2. Large Group Rehearsals - Each band or orchestra member will attend one large group rehearsal per week. This rehearsal will be held before school at Park Junior High from 7:30 to 8:07am. All four district grade schools will meet with band or orchestra members of their age group for this large group rehearsal. There are two bus routes, known as the ‘Early bird’ routes that make designated stops throughout our community to pick up band/orchestra students and deliver them to Park Junior High. Some parents elect to drive the students to the rehearsal instead. At the end of our rehearsals, there are 4 buses that return students to their respective schools. The one ‘downside’ of this arrangement is that the buses that return the students to their respective schools are not always on time and you may find the band/orchestra members occasionally arriving up to10 minutes late to school. In such cases, students are instructed to check in with the health (attendance) office upon their arrival so that they are not marked as ‘truant’. Ogden students will be walked back to school after the rehearsal by a para-educator during our fair weather months and bused back to Ogden during Nov-March.
The Large Group Rehearsal schedule for this year is as follows:
Monday: Concert Band (7th/8th grade), Concert Orchestra (7th/8th grade)
Tuesday: Advanced Band (6th grade), Beginning Orchestra (4th grade)
Wednesday: Beginning Band (4th grade), Advanced Orchestra (6th grade), Jazz Band (7th/8th grade)
Thursday: Concert Band (7th/8th grade), Concert Orchestra (7th/8th grade)
Friday: Intermediate Band (5th grade), Intermediate Orchestra (5th grade)
3. At Home Practice: Each band and orchestra member is expected to practice his instrument at least 100 minutes per week. 20 minutes, 5 days a week is recommended. We hope that you will support your children’s decision to study a musical instrument and encourage them to keep up with ‘at-home practice’ and with their attendance to Small Group Lessons and Large Group Rehearsals.
Band and Orchestra is considered ‘co-curricular’ in our district. All members will receive a trimester grade. Currently we are unable to enter computerized grades as classroom teachers do. Instead, we will fill out a detailed report card for each band/orchestra member, and it will be delivered along with their regular classroom progress report.
It is inevitable that there will be an occasional conflict where a student may have a test or a special class function scheduled during a particular small group lesson. In these cases, we can often reschedule this student during another lesson time slot provided we are given advance notice. Please keep in mind that there is only one lesson day per week for a student to receive his/her lesson. If a child misses a lesson, the instructor has consequently not instructed the student for two weeks. Due to our unique schedule of teaching at all 5 district schools, doing make-up lessons on another day of the week is not feasible. In addition, since parents of band/orchestra members pay a yearly participation fee of $140 ($120 for 4th grade beginners) for their child to participate in band/orchestra, we feel that the students should attend as many of the lessons/rehearsals as possible to get their money’s worth.
Band/Orchestra members are expected to take their instruments home at the end of every lesson/rehearsal day. It is greatly appreciated if you could remind them of this. Instruments left at school cannot be practiced and pose a greater risk of being misplaced or stolen.
Some of the grade schools have a designated location for band/orchestra members to store their instruments.
Missed classroom work or activities as a result of a band/orchestra member attending a lesson, rehearsal, or field trip is to be handled as the classroom teacher feels fit. The student should get the assignment from the teacher and be prepared for class the next day.
Band/Orchestra members will attend a few field trips during the course of the school year. The dates of these can be found in your school calendar. In addition, you will receive an information sheet and email reminder about two weeks before each of these events.
A handful of 5th and 6th graders may be selected to perform with one of the Concert groups (Junior High level) to further challenge them. This will not affect their small group lesson at their school during the day, but will require them to attend two additional large group rehearsals before school.
We hope to have covered all the pertinent information regarding our program. If after reading through this, or at any time during the school year you have questions please feel free to contact one of us.
Tom Culver (Orchestra), email@example.com, ext. 7051
Jason Lyons (Band), firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 7050
Carolyn May (Beginning Band), email@example.com, ext. 7134
Jeff Teppema (Orchestra), firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 7015
Nancy Flanagan (Band), email@example.com, ext. 7147