Beginner Band Information
Meetings and registration May 26 & May 28
Hey Mom or Dad, Can I join band? Sound familiar? One of the most positive experiences you can offer your child is the chance to be a part of our band program. Your students' cooperative talents, self expression, coordination, self discipline, poise, sense of accomplishment, self confidence and creative mind will all be nurtured through their study of instrumental music.
How are students matched with instruments?
At school, during the week of May 18-22, each student will have individual interviews with the band director to check physical characteristics (tooth alignment, lip size and shape, finger length, hand size and arm length) to help determine a good fit on the instrument. We always start with the student’s preferences. Students will bring home a certificate with their suggested instrument and score on our listening survey.
How do I find out more about the band program?
There is an Informational meeting for all interested parents (particularly if this is your first child in the program) on Tuesday, May 26th in the Clarendon Hills Middle School Band Room at 7:00 p.m.
After a brief presentation, registration will take place and Quinlan & Fabish will also be available for you to make rental arrangements. You will have the opportunity to ask questions; our goal is to help you decide if playing a band instrument is right for your child.
What if I can't attend the Informational Meeting or Open House?
If you'd rather, you can drop hard copies of the forms in the designated basket in the CHMS main office.
What will my child need to get started in band? And where do I go?
- an instrument (most families rent to start)
- two books: Tradition of Excellence & Winning Rhythms
- Smart Music software - we will collect $40 for this in the fall
- a folding music stand or piano to hold their music during practice sessions
Quinlan and Fabish, located in Burr Ridge, was selected as the music store that offers the highest quality instruments, service, and accessories to the students at the best possible cost. Click here: http://www.qandf.com/store/instruments/band-rentals/ to make arrangements online. You are free to obtain an instrument from any source you like, but we ask that you please use the brands listed on our website, click here: ______________________.
When will my child receive/need their instrument, Smart Music and books?
Instruments rented through Quinlan & Fabish will be delivered directly to school for the first band lesson in September. If you make other rental arrangements, your child will need their instrument, accessories and books for the first lesson in September.