Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How often/long should I practice?
A: Regular practice is very important for success as a musician. Think of it as exercising for your ears, mind, and musical muscles. Ideally, students should practice 120 minutes a week spread over 5 or 6 days a week. However, like exercise, something is always better than nothing!
Q: What do I need for this class?
A: For a complete list by instrument, see the materials list.
Q: Where can I get supplies and music for this class?
A: We provide lesson books and band music to you, but for other music and supplies, go to Music and Arts in Pittsford Plaza or Atlas Music in Webster.
Q: My instrument broke! What do I do?
A: While we may be able to help with minor repairs, you are responsible for maintaining your instrument. If it is a rental, take it back to the place from which you rented. If you own your instrument, we recommend taking it to Thomas Music. While your instrument is in the shop, you may temporarily borrow an instrument from us. Just ask!
Q: When do small group lessons take place?
A: Lessons take place once a week during the school day, rotating through different periods. Lessons will always take place the same day of the week. Check the bulletin board outside the classroom or here for the current rotation schedule.
Q: What do I need to bring to lessons?
A: Check for four things: Make sure you have your instrument, your lesson book, your music folder, and a pencil.
Q: I missed a lesson! What do I do?
A: See/email/message your teacher for the assignment and if it's an unexcused absence (you were in school and your classroom teacher didn't email us), please schedule a make-up lesson.
For incoming 6th graders
Q: If my child did not participate in 5th grade band can they participate in 6th grade?
A: Absolutely! If your child is beginning an instrument, please contact us so we can talk about instrument selection.
Q: When do the music ensembles meet?
A: Ensembles meet for 30 minutes opposite the lunch period (5A or 5B).
Q: Can I sign up for more than one ensemble?
A: Yes, many students participate in multiple ensembles. Example: Band 5A on day 1, Chorus 5A on day 2 (lunch 5B). Students are limited to two ensembles during the school day, but those who have participated in band, chorus AND orchestra have the opportunity to do all three through extra-curriculars (such as select chorus).
Q: Do all 6th grade students get a study hall?
A: Yes, regardless of their music ensemble choice(s), a study hall is part of most students' regular schedule.