5th Grade Beginning Instrumental Program

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    Dear Island Park Fifth Grade Students and Parents,
     
    Below is information that may be helpful as you begin your journey with the amazing Mercer Island Instrumental program. If you 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, Mrs. Hamp
     
     
    INSTRUCTORS
    Orchestra:    Vicki White-Miltun and Sarah Hart  (more information here)
    Band:           David Bentley, Parker 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!