Welcome to the RMS Beginning Band Page!
Please visit our weekly page for the latest information, including calendars and music:
Learn about The Star Spangled Banner!
The Smithsonian Museum
Compose your own music! Check out https://musescore.org — and it’s FREE :)
http://www.musicracer.com/ — Note name games for all instruments!
http://www.therhythmtrainer.com/ — See if you can write out the rhythms you hear! — Email results to Mr. Phelan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance Assessment Rubric: (How we grade student performances, both in class and in concert)
Thoughts on Instrument Rentals or Purchases
—– Rentals —–
We strongly recommend renting, instead of purchasing, an instrument for the first year.
Some things to consider when choosing a music company to rent from are:
1) You should be enrolled in a “rent to own program.” Ask if all rental money goes towards the purchase price of the instrument.
2) Ask if your child will be renting a brand new band instrument or a used instrument?
3) Ask if repairs are included as part of the rental agreement (most music companies will charge a nominal monthly “insurance” fee, usually part of the monthly rental fees, which allows an unlimited amount of repairs on the instrument throughout the rental process). This is extremely important as first year instrumentalists are likely to have accidents with their instruments, especially within the first month of learning to play.
4) Ask if the music company will provide you with a “loaner” instrument for your child to play when your child’s instrument is in need of a repair.
5) Ask what happens if your child loses the instrument or if it is stolen. It is very important that coverage due to loss or theft is part of your rental agreement.
6) Ask if the music company will pick up & deliver instruments in need of repair to the school or will you need to drive it to the repair shop yourself?
7) We will use the Essential Elements 2000 Band Method book. Many music dealers will give you a copy of the book when you sign up for a rental plan.
—– Purchases —–
If you are considering buying an instrument, make sure it is of a reputable brand, such as Yamaha, Selmer, Emerson, Bach, King, Conn, Jupiter, Gemeinhardt or Armstrong. Please be very careful about purchasing an instrument off of the internet. It can look appealing because many are priced very low, but the instruments available for purchase from the internet (or from certain “big box” stores) are usually an “off brand” and most repair shops will not service those instruments as the materials are of a lesser quality, and replacement parts for those instruments are not available. It is also frustrating and discouraging for young musicians to be held back by a non-working instrument.
Please note that you are free to rent or purchase a musical instrument from any music dealer you choose.
Why We Teach Music: a few thoughts from around the internet
- Be Part of the Band — good introductory videos for incoming Band Students
- 12 Life Lessons Learned Studying Music
- Nice Youtube Presentation
- Why Music? Why Band? – by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
- Study of LEAP scores comparing music to non-music students
— short version … Music raises test scores!!!