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Instrumental Music

Mr. Brett Morrison, Band Director

On this website you will find the most up-to-date information about concerts, rehearsals and enrollment information


Hello Everyone, here are several  Instrumental Music Announcements and updates for the next week

(Music changes lives, molds lives, and sometimes even Saves Lives!!)



March 1st          Spring concert both 5th concert at 6:30pm report at 6:00pm to band room in black pants and white top.          6th grade  concert 7:45 and report 7:15.  report to band in black pants and white top

April 30th           Mass band night    



Beginning Band Instruments:

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Percussion (Bells and Drums)

How do I get an instrument?

Students may rent or purchase an instrument from a reputable local music store.

School Rental Program

The school has limited low brass instruments available for students to rent for the school year. The only costs to  families is the maintenance of the instrument, mouthpiece and supplies.

What supplies will I need?

Woodwind/Brass need an instrument, supplies kit, Do-It Book 1, 1” 3-ring notebook, pencil and a folding music stand. Brass will also need a mouthpiece.

Percussionists need snare/bell kit, practice pad, 2B drum sticks, plastic tip mallets, metronome, Do-It Book 1, 1” 3-ring notebook, pencil and a folding music stand.

Please use extreme caution if buying an instrument secondhand, from a discount store or off the internet. These instruments may not be the right size for your child, could be made of substandard materials, or may have other problems such lack of ability to tune or stay in tune or poor quality of sound.  Inferior instruments are very difficult to play and could prove to be very frustrating for a  beginning student.


Tuesday August 22 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, Students can acquire an instrument through our three local Wichita music stores,  Damm music, Seneseney Music, and Wichita Band



Can I play and instrument and do sports?

YES! Students can participate in instrumental music and sports (as well as numerous other activities) all the way through the university level with careful planning. The instrumental music program goes to great lengths to  accommodate student’s activities and coordinate them with instrumental music responsibilities.

How do I know what instrument is best for me?

All 5th grade students will get the opportunity to try out each of the beginning musical instruments. The instrumental music directors will assist students in choosing an instrument that fits the student’s interest, is the correct size, and best for the student’s musical  development. Information will be sent home with each student to help families discuss the options available.

Can I switch instruments later?

Students will choose a primary instrument to begin their musical experience this year. Many students choose to add or switch to another instrument later in their music studies as their interest develops and the needs of the music    program changes. 

How can I get an instrument?

Students can borrow an instrument from a family member, rent or purchase from a local music store or rent from the school (based on availability of school instruments). We encourage everyone to attend the instrument display night on August 22, come and go event from 4:00-7:00 PM. Several music stores will be on hand to help answer    questions and will have instruments and supplies available for rent or purchase.

Top Ten Skills Children Learn from Studying the Arts   

1. Creativity - Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think 'outside of the box' will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practiced thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.


2. Confidence - The skills developed through theater, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage. Theater training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in rehearsal. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.


3. Problem Solving - Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through dance? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. All this practice problem solving develops children's skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in any career.


4. Perseverance - When a child picks up a violin for the first time, she/he knows that playing Bach right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn't give up, that Bach concerto is that much closer. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.


5. Focus - The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus. It requires each participant to not only think about their role, but how their role contributes to the big picture of what is being created. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children's abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.


6. Non-Verbal Communication - Through experiences in theater and dance education, children learn to breakdown the mechanics of body language. They experience different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions. They are then coached in performance skills to ensure they are portraying their character effectively to the audience.


7. Receiving Constructive Feedback - Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful. The goal is the improvement of skills and evaluation is incorporated at every step of the process. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.


8. Collaboration - Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble, or a theater or dance production, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don't have the biggest role.


9. Dedication - When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. They practice developing healthy work habits of being on time for rehearsals and performances, respecting the contributions of others, and putting effort into the success of the final piece. In the performing arts, the reward for dedication is the warm feeling of an audience's applause that comes rushing over you, making all your efforts worthwhile.


10. Accountability - When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through the arts, children also learn that it is important to admit that you made a mistake and take responsibility for it. Because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen. We acknowledge them, learn from them and move on.



The author of this list is Lisa Phillips and was accessed from the Americans for the Arts ARTSBlog.  Lisa is an arts and leadership educator, blog journalist, and author of The Artistic Edge.






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