| Overview of the Elementary Band Program
In the Auburn Elementary School, children are given the opportunity to begin instrumental music instruction in the fourth grade. The recruitment process starts at the beginning of fourth grade where all students are given a presentation in which the instruments are demonstrated, and the program is discussed. From hearing and seeing the instruments, the children start to get an idea of which instrument appeals most to them.
Following this general recruitment presentation personal interviews are held with interested students. A number of factors are considered in
deciding to pair a certain child with an instrument. The factors include the child's interest, physical characteristics, proficiency, and balanced instrumentation.
Contact with the parents is then made, and upon parent approval, the child can then go forward in the program. Parents will then receive more specific information as to what equipment and materials the child will need for their lessons.
Weekly lessons are held within the context of the school day. The schedule for lessons is on a rotating basis, so that the child will not routinely miss the
same class. The lesson schedule is posted in each building.
Two concerts are held each year; one in December, and another in the Spring. Specific dates can be found in the school calendar, or by clicking on the link to the district calendar. In addition, reminder notices will go out to the parents prior to the concerts.
The Ten Rules of Concert Etiquette
l. Refrain from talking
The first and greatest rule. It also includes whispering during the music.
2. No singing, tapping fingers or feet
The musicians do not need your help, and your neighbors need silence. Learn to tap your toes quietly
inside your shoes ‚Äď it‚Äôs a good exercise to reduce toe fat.
3. Please have nothing in your mouth, besides your teeth and tongue
Gum and candy are not allowed.
4. Do not wear watches with alarms nor jangle jewelry
You may enjoy the sound, but the added percussion is disturbing to everyone around you.
5. Do not open and close your purse nor rip open your velcro wallet
The best plan is to leave purses, etc., back at school or on the locked bus.
6. Do not sigh with boredom
If you are in agony, keep it to yourself. Your neighbor just may be in ecstasy, which should
also be kept under control.
7. Do not applaud between movements
You may think the music is over, but it is not. You don‚Äôt want to be the only one clapping.
8. Do not embarrass your teacher nor your school
Remember that you are representing your school, and you want to be on your best behavior.
There are many eyes looking at you.
9. Do not read nor play with a toy in your pocket
To listen means just that. Use the time to turn on a ‚Äúvideo screen‚ÄĚ in your mind and create a story
to the music.
10. Do not go to the concert thinking you will hate the music
You may be surprised ‚Äď millions of people all over the world enjoy classical music, and if you give
yourself a chance, you might, too!
1. Refrain from Talking
This is the first and greatest rule.This rule includes whispering to or disciplining your other children.
2. Refrain from unwrapping noisy candy wrappers during the performance
If the composer wanted to include crinkle paper noises to the music, he/she would have written it into
3. Turn off pagers, cell phones, and watch alarms
While many phones and pagers now have very symphonic-like rings, they don't always fit into the musical
score, nor do they provide pleasant sounds for your neighbors.
4. Do not wave to your child during the concert
After all, they do know who you are already and they know you are there; you most likely brought them to
5. Do not take flash photography
You don't want your child to walk off the edge of the stage from flash blindness, do you?
6. Please do not walk down the center aisle with your video camera
Video cameras work ust as well from the back of the auditorium (besides; the light is usually not good enough for
video taping anyway.)
7. Do not leave as soon as your child's portion of the concert is over
All of the students deserve a full audience for their performances. Remember, the next time your child's song could be last!
8. Applaud at appropriate times
Some music has several sections. Remember, it's not over until all of the sections have been performed.
9. Do not leave the auditorium during the music
Wait for a break in the concert to visit the restroom, unless you are carrying a screaming child, in which case you
should leave quietly and quickly, PLEASE!
10. Go to the concert expecting the best
You just might be surprised how good your student sounds when the other students join in!