Flat Rock Middle School Bands
Enriching Lives Daily Through Music!
Matthew D. Price, Director
             

6th Grade Band
Chosing The Correct Instrument For Your Child
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Instrument

Who will succeed at this instrument?

Who might struggle with this instrument?

Cost to rent

Additional information to know

Flute

Students who can persevere, who are patient, have a good work ethic, and who can quickly make a sound at the audition and demonstrate good finger coordination. This is an instrument that is extremely competitive in honor bands and chair placements as the student progresses, so students who enjoy that type of challenge will love this instrument.

Students looking for instant success, who want to do the minimum amount of work, and who are unable to initially make a sound or handle complicated fingering patterns. Certain lip shapes have a hard time on flute.

Minimal

Avg. of $15-20 for 1st 3 months

Due to popularity of the instrument, we limit the number of flute players to balance the overall instrumentation of the band program. Students will need to show clear potential to be selected.  This is a challenging instrument to begin to learn and requires a great deal of patience and an extremely dedicated student.

Oboe

*Student MUST attend private lessons with our instructor. 

Students who are extremely hard workers, who are very bright, who love a challenge, who would enjoy playing a unique instrument, and can make a sound on the reed and handle complicated fingering patterns.

 

This is one of the hardest instruments to start on. Students who want instant success or are unwilling to put in the needed practice time will struggle. 

Avg. $40 per month for initial rental plus reeds, if not taken care of, can be an additional $8 or more per month

This is an instrument in high demand for the band. Students on this instrument have access to more college scholarships than most. This is an instrument that will require private lessons during the 5th grade in order to succeed. There will be a list of approved teachers in the area. Lessons run from $5-20 per lesson.

Bassoon

*Student MUST attend private lessons with our instructor. 

This instrument is from the same instrument family as the oboe (Double Reeds) and shares many of the same challenges and rewards.  (See above)

See Oboe

This instrument is provided by the school but is in limited quantity. Reeds run about $15 per reed.

The student chosen for this instrument will need private lessons in order to succeed. A list of private teachers will be provided.

Clarinet

This is an instrument with lots of keys. Someone who is very detailed and enjoys complex tasks will enjoy this instrument. This is also an extremely competitive instrument as the student progresses. Students who love a challenge will love this instrument.

Students with small hands will struggle with certain aspects of playing this instrument until they grow. This instrument requires a certain amount of patience as the year progresses because it starts easy but gets increasingly more difficult.

Minimal

Avg. of $15-20 for 1st 3 months

The clarinet section is the largest section in most bands. To maintain this balance, we will need to start numerous clarinet players. This is an easy instrument to start on but very difficult to master. There will be an on-going expense of reeds that can be minimized if students take proper care of them.

Saxophone

Students who need a quick start at something. Someone who is very detailed and enjoys complex tasks will enjoy this instrument. Students will need to make a sound on the instrument at the audition. This instrument plays an important role in our jazz band. Students who want to play jazz will like this instrument.

While some success on this instrument comes quickly, to progress on this instrument the student must give a great deal of attention to details and practice regularly.

Avg. $40 per month for initial rental plus reeds

Due to popularity of the instrument, we limit the number of saxophones players to balance the overall instrumentation of the band. This instrument is easy to begin to learn but becomes increasingly more challenging as the student progresses. Students will have the chance to switch to tenor or baritone saxophone in middle school.

Trumpet

 

 

 

This is an instrument that requires regular practice. A great deal of demand is placed on the muscles around the lips that help make the sound. A good work ethic is a necessity.  Students will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to create a buzz that is both high and low at the audition. Some patience is required as higher notes can be a struggle for many beginners.

Students who will be getting braces in the first year will have a difficult time. Once the student has progressed some, having braces is less of an issue. Progress can be slow with this instrument, so a great deal of patience is required. Certain mouth and lip shapes can present obstacles to the student.

Avg. of $15-20 for 1st 3 months

This is largest section in the brass family and we will need to start numerous students on this instrument to maintain proper balance.  A consistent commitment to practicing will greatly improve a student’s chance of success on this instrument.

French Horn

*Student MUST attend private lessons with our instructor. 

Students who have a good ear will be more successful on this instrument. Singing experience is a plus. Students will need to be able to demonstrate the ability to match pitch in the audition.  Students who are bright, hard workers, patient, and who love a challenge.

Students unable to match pitches will struggle on this instrument. Students who want instant success or do not enjoy a challenge will also struggle.

Avg. $40-60 per month for initial rental. We do have some school instruments that can be assigned--$25.00

This is an instrument in high demand for the band. Potential for future scholarships is greater on this instrument. Private lessons are not required but strongly encouraged for this instrument. It is the hardest of the brass instruments to start on.

Trombone

This instrument requires a good ear because there are no keys, just a slide. Students will need to make a sound on the mouthpiece and match pitch. Students with some previous singing experience are more likely to succeed. Students who are patient and willing to work hard are also more likely succeed.

This is a larger brass instrument, so students with small statures will struggle with certain aspects of the instrument until they grow. Students with difficulty hearing different pitches will also struggle. Progress can also be slow, so patience is required

Avg. of $15-20 for 1st 3 months

This is an instrument in high demand for the band The Middle School and High School bands need more trombone players and we will be encouraging as many players as is reasonable to play this instrument. This is the easiest instrument in the brass family to begin to learn, but can be quite challenging as you progress.

Baritone

Euphonium

See trombone

See trombone Many trombone players also eventually learn baritone and vice versa.

Provided by the school--$25.00

We do have a limited number of school instruments that can be assigned

Tuba

This instrument is the most important sound to the band. So we need students who are reliable, dedicated, and can push lots of air into the instrument.

This is the largest of the brass family. Students may struggle until they grow because it requires a great deal of air. 

Provided by the school--$25.00

This is an instrument in high demand for the band Potential for future scholarships is almost limitless on this instrument to a good player. We have two-four instruments and would like to fill both slots.

Percussion

*Student MUST attend private lessons with our instructor. 

This requires an extremely organized and dedicated student with previous piano experience. Percussion students will learn two instruments (snare and bells) and 2 clefs.  Students must also demonstrate good rhythm and tempo.

Students must be able to manage time and practice twice as much as all other band members. Students who want to only play drums will not enjoy learning both instruments.

Avg. of $15-20 for 1st 3 months

Students selected must have previous piano experience. Students without piano experience have shown in the past to not be able to keep up with learning two instruments.  We limit the number of percussionists to insure proper instrumentation for the band.

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