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Instrumental Music

Benefits Of Music


  • Increased spatial skills for math.
  • Higher level of self-confidence, problem solving, and communication skills.  
  • Creative expression.
  • Higher test scores.
  • Common Core Standards
  • Greater success in life.

Band and Strings Schedule 16-17:

  • Instrumental Music Class begins the week of September 5, 2016.
  • Please look at the final instrumental music schedule when it is sent out and posted in the locker to the right!


  • Students will be able to identify the different parts of their instruments.
  • Students will be able to finger and play notes with proper technique and breath control.
  • Students will be able to read and write simple music notation.
  • Students will be able to identify and understand basic music symbols and terms.
  • Students will be responsible and practice at least 60 minutes weekly.
  • Students will demonstrate their abilities during school and district concerts.
  • Students will learn to love music and see how much fun it is!

Student Responsibilities:

  • Students need to be prepared before class by practicing their instrument.
  • Students need to bring their instrument, a pencil, their method book and sheet music to every class.
  • Students will only write in pencil.
  • Students will be respectful of each other, the teacher, and all equipment in the room.

Books, Instruments and Supplies

Method Books:

  • Beginning BandEssential Elements Interactive #1 and Musicall
  • Advanced BandEssential Elements Interactive #1
  • Beginning StringsEssential Elements 2000
  • Advanced StringsEssential Elements 2000book 1 &
  • (Essential Elements Interactive…formerly known as Essential Elements 2000)


 Instruments and Supplies: 

**All cases must be labeled with students First and Last Name!

  • Flute…… rod and cotton cloth
  • Clarinet… swab, cork grease, 1 box of reeds (size 1½)
  • Alto swab, cork grease, neck strap, 1 box of reeds (size 1½)
  • Trumpet….............valve oil
  • Trombone…..........slide oil, slide grease
  • Violin……..............rosin, shoulder rest, bow
  • Cello…..................rosin, bow, foot stopper

Drums…..5th Grade Only: 

  • This is for students who have played a melodic instrument for at least one year in Beginning Band.
  • Students must continue playing their primary instrument if they are allowed to play drums.
  • Students must have excellent behavior and attendance to be considered for this instrument. 
  • Please put drums next to your primary instrument if you want to do this.

Concert Uniform

 Concert Uniform

*It is important to remember that this is not a solo recital, but a group performance which is why we all need to abide by the concert uniform.

 *No jeans or shorts will be allowed!

  • White shirt (long or short sleeved)
  • Black pants
  • Black socks
  • Black shoes



Concert Dates

Winter Concert: December 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

DVHS Area Band Festival: March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

DVHS Area String Festival: April 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm  

Spring Concert: May 6, 2019 @ 5:30pm

Instrumental Music Locker
9/27/10 10:10 AM

*Frequently Asked Questions

*What is a Band instrument?

  -Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone 

* What is a String instrument?

   - Violin, Cello

*Who is instrumental music class for?

   -4th and 5th graders

*Do you need any experience to join?

   -No exerience is required.

*Where do I sign up for class?

   -The registration form is in your school packet and located on this website.

*How do I get an instrument for my son or daughter?

  -For all instruments it is best to go to the local music store.  

   WIth the violin and cello your child will need to be measured for the proper size instrument.

*How much do I have to pay?

  -There is a donation of $250.00 asked for at the time of registration.  

*Can my son or daughter quit mid season?

  - No, this is a year long program and students are expected to practice their instrument 60 minutes a week.

Instrumental Music Locker
9/27/10 10:10 AM