• Choosing an instrument should be a well thought out decision. Here are our suggestions.

    1. Choose an instrument that you like the sound of (you will be practicing on it!) Avoid picking an instrument just because your friend chose that one.

    2. Check out instruments at the local music shop. Ask if you can hold it. Ask questions. Check out your instrument on the internet seeing and hearing many examples.

    3. Think about how heavy it is and carrying it back and forth to school 2 times per cycle.

    4. Consider the regular practicing at home and other responsiblilties you are committing to.

    5. Consider whether you want to play:

      • A WIND instrument;FLUTE, CLARINET (playing on a reed, buzzing your lips for brass, or blowing across a tone hole-flute),

      • a STRING instrument; VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO (where you draw the bow across the strings to produce a sound)

      • PERCUSSION (where you tap the instrument to produce a sound, keeping in mind that students will study ALL of the instruments, not just drums). Students would rent a percussion kit to learn the following

        • bells, reading treble clef,

        • snare drum

        • all the trap instruments

        • later timpani, reading bass clef

      • Keep in mind, the only section that has a limit is percussion. All students who sign up for percussion will attend a percussion demo lesson to get a true picture of what taking percussion entails. Some students will get their 2nd choice instrument.

        Lastly, ask your music teacher questions. They are a great resource!