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Registration is for students looking to begin playing in Prep Band or Prep Orchestra. If your student is currently involved in the program, no registration is necessary to continue playing.

District 205 Elementary Instrumental Music Program Description

The District 205 Instrumental Music Program at the elementary level includes two components: Instrument Lessons and Ensemble Rehearsals. Attendance at both is required of all students enrolled in band or orchestra. There is a District fee of $30.00 for participation in the program. This fee covers instruction for one school year and does not include the cost of instrument rental, method books, or accessories.


Band and Orchestra Instrument Lessons

Instrument lessons focus on students’ individual musical performance skills. Students enrolled in band or orchestra will attend one 30-minute small-group instrument lesson per week during the regular school day. Students leave their regular academic classes to attend their instrument lessons and are taught in a small group of 2-5 students. During lessons, directors demonstrate and explain instrument-specific concepts and skills, teach students to read standard music notation, and assess each student’s individual progress. Directors will distribute a schedule of lesson times to all students at the beginning of the year.

  • Lessons for Beginning Band and Orchestra students will start the week of September 10, 2018.

Band and Orchestra Ensemble Rehearsals

Ensemble rehearsals focus on group performance. Students rehearse in a Band or Orchestra for 60 minutes one day per week after school at the middle school in their designated attendance area. During ensemble rehearsals, directors teach students to perform together as a large group and prepare music for 2-3 performances per year.  Parents must provide their own transportation or carpool to and from after-school rehearsals. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 3:30- 4:30 p.m.

  • After school Prep Band and Orchestra rehearsals begin on Thursday, October 18, 2018.


Students are expected to practice at home for 20-30 minutes per day. This amount of practice is necessary for a child to make consistent short-term and long-term progress. Because children at this age are not always self-motivated, parental encouragement and monitoring of practice time is necessary, just as it is for successful completion of other homework.



Parents will receive a written evaluation of their child’s progress in band/orchestra with their report card at the end of each grading period. Parents are also welcome to contact their child’s band or orchestra director for updates.



Each ensemble will have two to three public performances during the school year. A calendar of performances will be provided at the beginning of the year.


Financial Assistance

Elmhurst Music Boosters may be able to provide some financial assistance for band and orchestra students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program. Parents seeking financial assistance for instrument rental must complete an EMB financial assistance application and an instrument rental contract with the instrument vendor.


Instruments and Supplies

All band and orchestra students must provide their own instrument, method book, and accessories. (Some exceptions are made for students playing some large band instruments.) The cost for these items is separate from the district registration fee. A list of recommended instruments and required supplies are included in the registration materials and available from the directors.


You may acquire a musical instrument from a number of different sources. However, we highly recommend that you start with a rent-to-own program with a reputable school music dealer. This allows parents to obtain a high-quality instrument for a trial period that can extend to a rental period before making the financial commitment of a purchase. For your convenience, we have invited Quinlan and Fabish to be available at our registration nights. This dealer offers high-quality instruments, on-site repair facilities with loaner instruments, books and supplies, and weekly road services to and from our schools.


If you plan to have your child use an instrument that is already in your possession, please see that it is examined by a director or professional repair person to determine if it is in an acceptable playing condition.


Please be careful to consider quality when shopping for a musical instrument. Many discount stores, big box retailers, and internet vendors market imported “off brand” instruments that are of very poor quality. Some are machined poorly or made of substandard materials. Others have pieces that break or fall off easily, pegs that don’t tune properly, or mechanisms that don’t open and close correctly. Students that attempt to take lessons using these instruments are at a disadvantage and can easily be frustrated. A good rule-of-thumb is to only buy an instrument from a store that is able and willing to repair it. If you are looking at alternative sources for an instrument, please ask one of the directors for suggestions.  Loss, damage, and repair insurance for the instrument is highly recommended.


Programa Instrumental de Música, Distrito Escolar 205

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