Beginning Band/Orchestra Registration - Grades 4 & 5
In order to register your student for beginning band or orchestra lessons, you need to complete the following three steps by Sunday, September 13, 2015.
1. Choose An Instrument
The instruments that are taught in D97 are:
Orchestra: violin, viola, cello, string bass
Band: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and percussion
On either Tuesday, September 1 or Thursday, September 3 the D97 Band & Orchestra directors will visit every school to do an assembly where we demonstrate all of the instruments above, and answer questions about the registration process. A purple brochure should go home with your child that same evening.
You and your student should discuss their favorite instruments and narrow it down to 3 choices. You may then attend one of two open houses (below). Each student will proceed to the appropriate room for their school, where they can try out up to three different instruments. When you pick the best choice, take into account how it sounds, how it feels, and how it will get to and from school on lesson days!
Open House - Brooks Middle School
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 • 5-8 p.m.
Open House - Julian Middle School
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 • 5-8 p.m.
2. Rent An Instrument
Once you and your student have chosen an instrument, it is the parent's responsibility to get an instrument for your child. Lessons are free, but D97 does not provide instruments. If you already have an instrument from a friend or family member, we highly recommend taking it in for a tune-up to one of our local music shops. If you do not yet have an instrument, we recommend that you rent an instrument.
The following vendors will be at the recruitment nights for your convenience:
PING! - (Low cost instruments for students receiving free or reduced lunch)
We also recommend this quality local vendor:
6815 W. North Avenue • 708-383-1961
3. Enroll with D97
Enrollment for 2015-16 will open on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
If you have any questions about this process, or comments for future development, please contact Gabby Rosenblum at [email protected]or 708-406-9257.