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    LEARN TO PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT IN EAST BRUNSWICK SCHOOLS

    This webpage has been designed to guide fourth and fifth grade students and their parents through the process of choosing a musical instrument to study. East Brunswick Schools are known throughout the state and even nationally for their music programs. A very high percentage of our students begin their study of an instrument at this time, leading to phenomenal musical performances throughout the grades in both orchestra and band. You will find many benefits that come from learning an instrument, but choosing the right instrument for you is very important to your success. Let us explain the process to you and demonstrate all of the available instruments for study by starting right here with the following steps:

    1. Watch the video presentation made specifically for your school featuring your school's band and orchestra teachers.
    2. During the video presentation watch each of the instrument demonstrations and remember a first, second, or even third choice.
    3. At the conclusion of the video, listen to the frequently asked questions and answers for additional information.
    4. If you have additional questions, read the additional FAQs on this page, and/or contact your orchestra or band teacher for more information.
    5. When you have made an informed decision, fill out the enrollment application found after the videos.
    6. You will then be contacted by your school's band or orchestra teacher with information on how to obtain an instrument!

    We want to make the process of choosing an instrument to study as easy as possible, and then before you know it, you'll be playing in the orchestra or the band! So now--choose your school and enjoy the show!


    BOWNE-MUNRO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Mr. Beckett, Orchestra, cbeckett@ebnet.org

    Mrs. Vanzini and Mr. D'Andrea, Band, jvanzini@ebnet.org; michael.dandrea@ebnet.org

     


    CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Mr. Nelson, Orchestra, alexander.nelson@ebnet.org

    Mr. Bouvier and Mr. Price, Band, christopher.bouvier@ebnet.org; delmarice.price@ebnet.org


    CHITTICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Mr. Nelson, Orchestra, alexander.nelson@ebnet.org

    Mrs. Vanzini and Mr. D'Andrea, Band, jvanzini@ebnet.orgmichael.dandrea@ebnet.org

    FROST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Mr. Carson, Orchestra, zachary.carson@ebnet.org

    Mr. Bouvier and Mr. Price, Band, christopher.bouvier@ebnet.orgdelmarice.price@ebnet.org


    IRWIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Mr. Carson, Orchestra, zachary.carson@ebnet.org

    Mr. Bouvier and Mr. Price, Band, christopher.bouvier@ebnet.orgdelmarice.price@ebnet.org


     LAWRENCE BROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Mr. Beckett, Orchestra, cbeckett@ebnet.org

    Mrs. Vanzini and Mr. D'Andrea, Band, jvanzini@ebnet.orgmichael.dandrea@ebnet.org


    MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Mr. Nelson, Orchestra, alexander.nelson@ebnet.org 

    Mrs. Vanzini and Mr. D'Andrea, Band, jvanzini@ebnet.orgmichael.dandrea@ebnet.org


    WARNSDORFER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Mr. Beckett, Orchestra, cbeckett@ebnet.org

    Mr. Bouvier and Mr. Price, Band, christopher.bouvier@ebnet.orgdelmarice.price@ebnet.org


  • ENROLLMENT FORMS

    DUE BY Friday, September 24, 2021

    BEGINNING ORCHESTRA & BEGINNING BAND (1ST YEAR) ENROLLMENT FORM

    If you already took band or orchestra in fourth grade, and wish to re-enroll in the fifth grade band or orchestra program, please click the following link:

    INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA & INTERMEDIATE BAND (2ND YEAR) RE-ENROLLMENT FORM

    If you have any additional questions, please contact the band or orchestra teacher at your school. Their contact information is just to the right side of each school's video.

    We’ll hope to see you in either the orchestra or the band in September!


    FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

    When can I start learning an instrument? Students can enroll for band or orchestra in 4th grade.  For this year only, we will be accepting beginners into the 5th grade band & orchestra programs, as well.

    When do lessons start? Instruments will be delivered to your school in September, and your orchestra or band teacher will contact you with the lesson schedule as soon as possible.

    How much does it cost to rent an instrument? Depending on the instrument you choose to learn, pricing for a school year rental starts at just $12/month. Generally, larger instruments cost a little more to rent (no higher than $26/month). Keep in mind that a good portion of the rental price is applied to the eventual purchase of the instrument.

    Where can I rent an instrument? The district has two approved vendors that will provide our students high quality student model instruments, our required method book, and any necessary accessories. Once your teacher has contacted you with acceptance into the program on one of your desired instrument choices, they will send you links to these vendors.

    Can I buy instead of rent? Yes. You may purchase an instrument if you wish to, but we recommend renting for at least a year or two. Stringed instruments come in different sizes, and the rental will include size changes at no additional charge. Both band instruments and strings can be found for inexpensive purchase, but we caution parents that these instruments may not hold up to normal wear and tear, and that many of these instruments are often frustrating to play even for an experienced professional. Many of these inexpensive instruments will not play in tune, while many just break. Reputable instrument dealers will refuse to repair them, and most likely the seller will just send you another instrument of the same quality and tell you to discard the original. Before you buy, please contact your teacher or the Supervisor of Arts Education so that you might make an informed choice!

    What if I have an instrument at home? Great! Make sure it is the instrument you want to play. We also would recommend contacting us to ensure the instrument is in playable condition.

    Can any instrument play any song? Absolutely. You can play any song on any instrument, so make sure you pick an instrument that you like. 

    What is the hardest instrument to play? The easiest? All instruments take the same amount of work to learn, and no instruments are easier or harder than the others. You must practice often to play well, but playing an instrument is a lot of fun. Just ask anybody who already plays an instrument! When you join the Band or Orchestra, you get to play music with other kids in school, and there is nothing more fun than making music with your friends.

    Can anyone play any instrument? Generally speaking, yes! If you have a concern about how an instrument works or the size of an instrument, contact your band or orchestra teacher for advice.

    Will I get my first choice of instrument? We will try to honor as many first-choice requests as possible. However, there are a limited number of available slots open with certain instruments due to balance requirements in our ensembles. Generally, the sooner you submit your application, the better chance you may have of receiving your first choice.

    What is the option for mallets (percussion)? Beginning students who choose mallets will rent a bell kit (similar to the piano keyboard but play with mallets), and will also learn to play the snare drum on a practice pad only. 

    Can I switch instruments in 5th grade? Unfortunately, you may not switch your instrument in fifth grade, because all fifth-grade instrumental music classes would be comprised of intermediate level students (no beginning students). We encourage you to make a wise choice and pick an instrument you will want to practice and play! There may be an opportunity to then change instruments in middle school, to an instrument that is needed in the band or orchestra.

    When is the first concert? Beginning students will perform in their first school concert in the spring of their fourth-grade year. Some smaller, in class performances will occur occasionally throughout the year.

    Do I get a grade for playing an instrument? A report card is issued twice a year to indicate student progress in several areas of learning. Think of this more like a progress report rather than a grade.

    Are there other opportunities to play? The school district offers an opportunity to rehearse and perform in district-wide ensembles in both band and orchestra. More information regarding these ensembles will be distributed after the start of the school year.

    What are the benefits of playing an instrument? While many will say that students should be exposed to the arts for the benefit of raising test scores, the real benefits of arts education are seen in the outlet for expression. Whether you are an artist, a musician, an actor, or just an appreciator or consumer of the arts, each discipline provides the participant a forum for appropriate and meaningful emotional expression. The ability to create, communicate, and interact with other members of society is a basic need of every person, and a vital component for growth in a child’s world. Please visit one of these websites for even more research on this subject: 

    http://www.borrowednotes.org/18-benefits-of-playing-a-musical-instrument/

    https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/reasons-to-play-a-musical-instrument/


    ENROLLMENT FORMS

    DUE BY Friday, September 24, 2021

    BEGINNING ORCHESTRA & BEGINNING BAND (1ST YEAR) ENROLLMENT FORM

    If you already took band or orchestra in fourth grade, and wish to re-enroll in the fifth grade band or orchestra program, please click the following link:

    INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA & INTERMEDIATE BAND (2ND YEAR) RE-ENROLLMENT FORM

    If you have any additional questions, please contact the band or orchestra teacher at your school. Their contact information is just to the right side of each school's video.

    We’ll hope to see you in either the orchestra or the band in September!


    EAST BRUNSWICK PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    Excellence in Academics, Athletics, and the Arts 

    Michelle DaGrosa, Supervisor of Arts Education

    michelle.dagrosa@ebnet.org