• 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
    • INSTRUCTORS
      Orchestra:    Vicki White-Miltun and Sarah Hart  (more information here)
      Band:           David BentleyParker Bixby, and Haley Smith
       
      WELCOME LETTER
      This 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  LOCATION
      Wednesday, 9/11
       4:30-5:15 pm
       5:30-6:15 pm
       6:30-7:15 pm
      ORCHESTRA Evening Music Lesson
      Basses (Rm 502) 
      Cello (Rm 502)
      Violin & Viola (Rm 502) 
      IMS 
      IMS
      Wednesday, 9/11
                6:30-7:30 pm
                7:45-8:45 pm
      BAND Evening Music Lesson
      Trombones & Baritones (Rm 503), Trumpets (Rm 505) 
      Flutes (Rm 503), Clarinet (Rm 505)   


      MIHS
      MIHS 

         
      Monday, 9/16
       8:10 am 
       
       
       
       
       
      ORCHESTRA Morning Lessons Begin... 
      Monday - Cello and Bass
      Tuesday - Violin and Viola 
      Wednesday - Advanced players
      Thursday - WM & NW Orchestra
      Friday - IP & LR Orchestra 
       

      IMS
      IMS
      IMS
      IMS
      IMS
       
      Monday, 9/16
      8:10 am
        
       
       
       
       
      BAND Morning Lessons Begin...
      Monday - Clarinet at IMS, Trumpet at MIHS
      Tuesday - Trombone/Baritone Horn and Flute at IMS, Trumpet at MIHS
      Wednesday - Clarinet at IMS
      Thursday - Full Band (half of the band - brass) at IMS
      Friday - Full Band (the other half of the band - woodwind) at IMS
       
      IMS and MIHS
      IMS and MIHS
      IMS
      IMS
      IMS

      Thursday, 10/17, 6:00-9:30pm
      Friday, 10/18, 5:45-9:00pm

      5th All Island Band Night Rehearsal
      All Island Band Night 

      MIHS Stadium
      MIHS Stadium



      TRANSPORTATION
      Parents 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:
       
      BAND  ORCHESTRA

      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 IMS

      Monday - Cello and Bass
      Tuesday - Violin and Viola 
      Wednesday - Advanced players
      Thursday - WM & NW Orchestra
      Friday - 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!