Pre-Band - Grade 4THE PRE-BAND EXPERIENCE
An integral part of the curriculum is the Fourth Grade Instrumental Exploratory program. All fourth graders will have a full year of hands-on instrumental training with one quarter each on the clarinet, flute, percussion and trumpet. We have a terrific time enjoying the beautiful sounds we produce!!
Students will be provided all materials and individual mouthpieces for clarinet and trumpet. These mouthpieces will be sanitized after each use in a highly-concentrated sanitizing solution. During the clarinet unit, students will be provided one bamboo/cane reed and if it breaks and becomes no longer playable, students may purchase a new one for $3.00 or serve a lunch detention helping Ms. Belliveau as payment for a replacement reed. During the percussion unit, if drum sticks or mallets need to be replaced the cost will be $10.00. Students will be held accountable for all materials in an effort to help DVUSD maintain these expensive instruments, as well as to teach students the importance of accountability.
The students will learn musical notation and basic theory while concurrently learning the basics of each instrument. At the end of the year, those students wishing to participate in 5th Grade Beginning Band will have a specific instrument(s) recommended to them based upon their performance in the exploratory, pre-band classes. This year-long process helps to assure the student's success in Beginning Band by combining a solid foundation of notation reading and matching the child with the instrument best suited to them.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.