“My child has never played a musical instrument before, is that a problem?” Absolutely not! 99% of students that sign up have never played an instrument before. That’s exactly what beginning band is for!
“What instrument should my child choose?” Whatever they want! Mr. Schraub will make recommendations to each student based on their physical characteristics but the students make the final decision. Students should try several different instruments during the trial process and choose the one they feel most comfortable with.
“Are some instrument more important than others?” Every instrument is equally important in creating a full, balanced band sound! We would ideally like to have large numbers of flutes, clarinets, trombones, and baritones.
“What if my child plays sports?” No problem! Band will not interfere with sports one bit. Mr. Schraub played basketball, baseball, and golf growing up in the Lisle schools and never had any conflicts with band. We encourage students to be involved in other activities outside of band.
“What if my child has braces?” Again, no problem! Mr. Schraub played trombone with braces for 3 years growing up. There are products that students can wear over their braces that allow them to play their instrument pain free.
“What if I cannot afford to rent an instrument?” We will find one for your child to play. We have a large inventory of school-owned instruments that are made available every year to families with financial concerns.
“How much should my child practice?” Regular practice is necessary to play an instrument to the best of one’s ability. We recommend practicing 15 minutes per day for 4-5 days every week. We know how busy students are and we really appreciate any time they are able to fit in some practicing!
“What if my child is struggling on their instrument after a few weeks?” Rome was not built in a day. Every musician who has ever played has had to start from the beginning. Be patient! The greatest progress will occur after a few months once the students have mastered the basics of their instrument.