5th Grade Beginning Instrumental Program (updated 9/7/18)
Dear Northwood Fifth Grade Students and Parents,Below is information that may be helpful if you are interested in the amazing Mercer Island instrumental (band/orchestra) program. If you already have signed up for band or orchestra... wonderful! If not, it is not too late. Just contact one of the teachers below or myself for more information.Sincerely, Ms. Brown
INSTRUCTORSWELCOME LETTERThis letter includes information about upcoming 2019-2020 dates and times, how to rent/purchase an instrument, what books students will be using, and more.UPCOMING DATES
DATE EVENT LOCATIONWednesday, 9/114:30-5:15 pm5:30-6:15 pm6:30-7:15 pmORCHESTRA Evening Music LessonBasses (Rm 502)Cello (Rm 502)Violin & Viola (Rm 502)IMSIMSWednesday, 9/11
6:30-7:30 pm7:45-8:45 pmBAND Evening Music LessonTrombones & Baritones (Rm 503), Trumpets (Rm 505)Flutes (Rm 503), Clarinet (Rm 505)
MIHSMonday, 9/168:10 amORCHESTRA Morning Lessons Begin...Monday - Cello and BassTuesday - Violin and ViolaWednesday - Advanced playersThursday - WM & NW OrchestraFriday - IP & LR Orchestra
IMSIMSIMSIMSIMSMonday, 9/168:10 amBAND Morning Lessons Begin...Monday - Clarinet at IMS, Trumpet at MIHSTuesday - Trombone/Baritone Horn and Flute at IMS, Trumpet at MIHSWednesday - Clarinet at IMSThursday - Full Band (half of the band - brass) at IMSFriday - Full Band (the other half of the band - woodwind) at IMSIMS and MIHSIMS and MIHSIMSIMSIMS
Thursday, 10/17, 6:00-9:30pm
Friday, 10/18, 5:45-9:00pm
5th All Island Band Night Rehearsal
All Island Band Night
TRANSPORTATIONParents have two options for getting their student to class. MISD runs regular middle school and limited HS bus runs. 5th grade band and orchestra students ride these busses to IMS and MIHS for their band and orchestra classes. Parents may also drop their children off at the schools. At IMS, the drop-off point is the back parking lot off of 84th ave SE. At MIHS, the drop-off point is the bus lane off of 92nd Ave SE.
MISD runs special busses to transport students from music classes to their elementary school. After music classes, we walk the students to the bus pick up areas at each school, and they are whisked off to their regular school day!CAN I DO CHOIR AND BE IN AN INSTRUMENTAL GROUP?
Yes! Wednesday mornings are also choir rehearsal mornings. Most students can sign-up for choir and be in the instrumental program; just sign-up for one of the other mornings for your small group lessons (see below).
WHEN CLASSES MEET
Students meet twice a week from 8:10-8:55am– towards the beginning of the week for their small group rehearsal and later in the week for a larger group rehearsal.Staffing for the 5th grade band and orchestra program is tentative until the fall, based on student enrollment. Unlike other classes, we do not know for sure when classes will be offered until enrollment is known after the evening lessons. Tentatively, the 5th grade instrumental music schedule is:
Monday – Clarinet at IMS, Trumpet at MIHS
Tuesday – Trombone/Baritone Horn and Flute at IMS, Trumpet at MIHS
Wednesday * – Clarinet at IMS, (also choir morning!)
Thursday – Full Band (half of the band - brass instruments) at IMS
Friday – Full Band (half of the band - woodwind instruments) at IMSMonday - Cello and BassTuesday - Violin and ViolaWednesday - Advanced playersThursday - WM & NW OrchestraFriday - IP & LR Orchestra* Want to join choir? Sign up for the Monday morning band practice!
NEED MORE INFORMATION? Visit the 5th Grade Beginning Instrument website here!