FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Instrumental music teachers in the Fairfield Public Schools will be visiting third and fourth grade classes in May and June to enroll students in the band and orchestra programs for next year.
Students will receive information about the program and a registration form to be completed by the parent.
The instrumental program begins in the fourth grade, where instruction on string instruments is offered. Students may choose violin, viola, cello or string bass. In the fifth grade, the string program continues and instruction on band instruments begins.
Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, baritone horn, trombone and percussion are offered in the band program. Determining factors for the best choice of instrument include the child’s musical ability, interest and physical characteristics.
The school band and orchestra program is open to all students and is part of the K-12 music curriculum. Instruction includes group lessons and a band or orchestra rehearsal each week throughout the school year.
The sequential instrumental program begun in the elementary school continues through the middle school, where there is a band, orchestra and chorus in each grade; and into the high school, where there are multiple bands, orchestras and vocal ensembles.
Although registration for the instrumental program takes place in the spring, the final choice of instrument will be determined in September. Parents will be given information at that time about where to obtain an instrument. A rental-purchase plan for a new instrument is often advised.
Students currently in the school band and the orchestra will be performing in a spring concert, providing an opportunity for prospective students to become acquainted with the band and the orchestra and the individual instruments in each.
For additional information about the instrumental music program, call the child’s school or the Music Resource Center at 203-255-8454.
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