ROCKBURN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT
September 2, 2011
The Howard County Public School System is known for having one of the finest music programs in the state. As director of the instrumental music program at Rockburn Elementary School, I plan to continue this excellent instrumental music tradition.
For interested students, instrumental music lessons are provided as a regular part of the school program during the day. Students may start Orchestra (violin, viola or cello) in 3rd grade and start Band (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium) in 4th grade. However, you as the parent will be responsible for renting/purchasing the instrument and instruction books. Needless to say, it is best to use the “RENT-TO-OWN” plan until you are reasonably satisfied that your child has progressed enough to warrant instrument purchase. If you decide not to rent an instrument, please speak with me BEFORE purchasing an instrument so I can help you make an informed decision.
Students will be expected to participate in the two concerts that are held each year. One will be in the winter and one at the end of the year. These dates will be announced as soon as they are finalized. Students will receive Band or Orchestra report cards during the school year that will help keep you updated on your child’s progress. Students who participate will be expected to attend all class lessons, rehearsals and concerts as well as complete assigned classwork and homework for their instrument.
In some cases we may get an overload of certain instruments or due to varying physical attributes, a student may not be suited for an instrument. If this happens, I will most likely suggest a similar instrument where your child has the chance to have a more positive and successful experience, performance opportunities may be greater and which will maintain a balance in the band or orchestra. This is why some students will be asked to go through an audition process before getting permission to perform on a certain instrument.
I have been acquainting your child with instrument choices this week. Hopefully, they are excited and interested in joining our program. Please fill out the attached form and return it to me as soon as possible but no later than September 15th. I will send home more information about the program as well as rental information when the form has been returned to me, your child has a chance to identify the instrument they will be most successful on and an instrument choice has been approved.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. My e-mail address (the easiest way to reach me) is Margaret_twigg@hcpss.org or you may call the school at 410-313-5030. I look forward to working with your child.
Director of Instrumental Music
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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC INFORMATION SHEET (for students beginning a NEW instrument)
DEADLINE!!! Please return ASAP but the deadline is September 15th!
Child’s Name Homeroom Teacher Grade
Home Telephone Work Telephone E-mail address
If your child has any piano experience, how many years?
Is your child taking any private lessons at this time? Which instrument?
Which middle school is your child zoned to attend at this time?
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I have read the information explaining instrumental music at Rockburn and my child is
_____ interested _____ not interested...in participating in band (4th grade) /orchestra (3rd grade).
(Please note that students will not be able to start an instrument in 5th grade... only 3rd or 4th grade.)
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Mrs. Twigg will be working with EVERY child to help identify which instrument they will be most successful at. Please remember that there are some instruments that have a class size limit so it is important to have a couple instrument options.
Your child’s choice of instrument (in order of preference):
1st choice 2nd choice
I plan to: ____ rent , ___ purchase. or We have an instrument already at home – it is a
Also, please contact me if your child is being served by a specialist (physical therapist, special education teacher, reading teacher, speech or hearing clinician, etc.). If your child has any physical features/concerns that might be a consideration in choosing an instrument (asthma, braces, crooked or missing teeth, large or tiny fingers etc.), please indicate below.
Parent/Guardian Signature Date