“My child has never played a musical instrument before. Is that a problem?” Absolutely not! Most students that sign up have never played an instrument before. That’s exactly what beginning band is for!
“What instrument will my child play?” Mr. Meyer conducts a one-on-one “Instrument Interview” with each student to help them discern what would be the best fit, and both he and your child take into account what he/she is most successful on, interested in, and excited about. His top recommendation almost always aligns with a student’s first choice. In the event that it does not, or you have questions about your child’s instrument, please feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 493-8141.
“Are some instruments more important than others?” Every instrument is equally important in creating a full, balanced band sound. We do need more of certain instruments to achieve that balance, however, and would ideally like to have large numbers of clarinets, French horns, and percussionists this year.
“What if my child plays sports?” That’s great! We encourage students to be well-rounded and involved in other activities outside of band. While in school, Mr. Meyer ran cross country and track and played soccer, basketball, and baseball, and he was able to balance the music/athletics schedule. Mr. Schraub, our Junior High band teacher, also coaches the Junior High baseball team. We can work around conflicts if they arise.
“What if my child has braces?” No worries! We can work around this at any point in your child's musical career.
“What if I cannot afford to rent an instrument?” We will find one for your child to play. We have an inventory of school-owned instruments that are made available every year to families with financial concerns. Please contact Mr. Meyer if you have any questions about this.
“How much should my child practice?” Regular practice is necessary to play an instrument to the best of one’s ability. We recommend practicing 20 minutes per day for 4-5 days every week. This short amount of time, if observed consistently, will really pay off as the year goes on!
“What if my child is struggling on his/her 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, and continue to encourage them! The greatest progress will occur after a few months once the students have mastered the basics of their instrument. It is expected that Band is a year-long commitment, and students who sign up need to stick with it for at least one full school year.