FAQ about Beginner Band

Frequently Asked Questions:

 What if I am not sure if I want my child to do band?

Remember when your children wouldn’t eat the food you made for them? You always said, “Try it before you decide you don’t like it.”  Band is the same way. Your child should sign up for band even if you or they are unsure. If at some point you decide that band is not for you, drop the class.  It is much easier to drop something after trying it, than to join late when everyone else has already started.


What if I don’t know anything about music?

That’s ok!  We will teach your child everything they need to know, step by step. From how to assemble and care for the instrument to reading notes and rhythms, we will guide your child through the process. All that is needed from you is an enthusiastic attitude and patient ears when your child comes home and makes their first sound.


How much out of school time is required?

Band is no different than any other curricular area. We ask that your child spend some time with their instrument each and every week.  Think of it as musical homework, but much more fun.  There are no before school or after school practices required in Beginner Band.


What instrument should my child play?

The answer depends on a variety of things, but in the end, it is most important that the play something that they enjoy. We encourage you to visit the website www.bepartoftheband.com, watch the different instrument videos with your child, and discuss the different options. We will also help guide your child based on his/her musical interests, physical make-up, and instrument availability. Your child knows what they want, you know your child, and we know music. Together we will find the instrument that they will not only enjoy but will give them the best chance of musical success.


What are the costs?

The costs associated with band depend on which instrument your child chooses and if you already own an instrument. We wish funds were available for us to provide every child with an instrument, however, this is simply not possible.  The school may have certain instruments available for at school use.  If not, you can rent a quality instrument from a local music store at a very reasonable price. If financial constraints prevents you from being able to do this, please contact us and allow us to help. We will not let instrument availability or financial constraints keep your child from participating.


How do I procure an instrument?

The school provides many of the larger and more expensive instruments. We encourage students playing smaller, less expensive instruments to either rent or purchase their own instrument. We will be sending home a list of recommended instruments and local instrument dealers.  There will also be a "band drive" at B.L. Gray Jr. High where instrument dealers will be present, and you will be able to make arrangements for your child's instrument rental or purchase.


What if I have other questions?

Please know that we are here to answer any and all questions that you may have.  Our Music Department phone number is 580-5300 ext. 1105 during the school year and ext. 1245 during the summer.  You could also email us at nnelson@sharylandisd.org with any questions.