Ms. Housten
    Phone: 1-609-466-7606 ext. 2868 

    BAND INFORMATION 2019-2020



    • Students will be pulled out of an academic class for 30 minutes once a week.
    • The 4th grade teachers are familiar with the schedule and will help your child to become responsible for making up work that is missed. There are very few problems with students missing class for band lessons.
    • It is your child’s responsibility to remember to come to their lesson and to remember to bring his or her instrument and other materials.
    • Lessons will begin in September and continue throughout the school year.


    Band rehearsals

    (supplement lessons as well as get the children ready for concerts)

    • 1-2 mornings before school per week -- Each student will have a full band rehearsal before school once per week (on either Thursday or Friday—to be determined by homeroom) and a sectional rehearsal before school once every 2 weeks (on Tuesday for percussionists and Wednesday for all others). Morning band rehearsals will begin in mid-late September and continue throughout the school year.  (There is no after school commitment other than the evening concerts.)
    • There is no bussing for the morning band rehearsals. Parents are responsible for transportation.
    • Rehearsals will begin at 8:20 AM.  (Arrival time-- between 8:00 and 8:10 for sufficient set-up/warm-up)
    • A schedule and permission slip will be handed out in September. More schedules will be distributed throughout the year to minimize confusion.
    • Students may participate in both band and chorus if they would like. Any rehearsal conflicts will be worked out between the music teachers.



    There will be 2 evening concerts -- one in March and one in June.  Plus there will be an assembly during the school day in December—parents are invited.  


    At Home Practice Time

    • Because lessons only occur once per week, daily practice at home is necessary to maintain and build skills. While the before school rehearsals are also helpful in skill building, without home practice, students will find that they are unable to keep up with the pace of the group and may find rehearsals to be increasingly frustrating. 
    • Students should practice an average of 20 minutes daily (or 140 minutes per week) and will be required to keep a record of their practice time (signed by parents weekly).
    • Students should strive to practice effectively and to complete each lesson’s assignment to the best of their ability. This is even more important than the number of minutes practiced each week.



    • Lessons will most likely begin around September 12th. Students should have an instrument before that date so that they can participate fully in their first lesson.
    • What if an instrument breaks? If your child is careful with his or her instrument and maintains the instrument properly, most major problems can be avoided, however I understand that accidents do happen and that sometimes instruments just break. The first thing to do is to have your child bring the instrument in to school as soon as you realize it is broken.  Do not wait until your child’s next lesson!!  I can fix most problems and if I cannot fix it, I can advise you on how to solve the problem.
    • Accessories- For your convenience, your child can purchase most accessories/lesson books necessary for their instrument through me at school.
    • No instrument switching will be permitted after October 1st! Even after just a few lessons the students have already learned basic skills on their instrument and new students to the instrument will be quite far behind.


    Report Cards

    • 4th Grade Band Students will be assessed on the report card based on 3 criteria: Accurate Performance, Posture/Hand Position, and Tone Quality (or stick control for percussionists).
    • More detailed progress reports will be distributed in November and April.  The progress reports will let you know how your child is doing in terms of those criteria that are on the report card as well as several other important musical skills.
    • The best ways to help your child to be successful is to make sure that he or she attends rehearsals regularly, remembers to bring his or her instrument to school on lesson days, and to help your child set up a daily practice routine.

Last Modified on September 16, 2019