Band

Elementary Band Program
St. Charles C.U.S.D. 303

A Guide for Parents

Welcome to the St. Charles Elementary Instrumental Music Program!  The study of music is much more than simply learning to play an instrument.  Music benefits young people in many areas of their lives.  Communication and social skills are strengthened and creative and analytical skills are nurtured.  Learning to play an instrument and participating in an ensemble are valuable experiences for all students. The band directors of District 303 are committed to providing students with meaningful learning opportunities and positive musical experiences.  We look forward to sharing our love and enthusiasm of music with your child!

Full Band Rehearsals
Students participate in a full band rehearsal once a week before or after school.  Theses rehearsals are an important and required part of the D303 Elementary Band Program.  Starting dates will be given in the fall.  Contact your child's band director for information regarding transportation.  (Please note:  When school is not in session, there is no rehearsal.)

Small Group Lessons
Students have a 30 minute lesson each week.  Students are placed in small groups according to instrument and participation in summer band.  Lessons give directors time to work more closely with each student to improve fundamentals such as note reading, tone, rhythm, basic music theory, and instrument technique.

Concerts
There are two required concerts a year. Other performances may include Band-a-Rama, recitals, etc.

Attendance & Commitment
Participation in band requires good attendance and a strong commitment to personal improvement and group contribution.  Because rehearsals and performances cannot be made up, students are required to attend all band lessons, group rehearsals, and performances (except for illness or family emergencies). Excessive absences may result in loss of participation. If the students is well enough to attend school, he/she is expected to attend band. Group rehearsals and lessons will take place each day that school is in session  Changes in the schedule will be announced in advance.

Practicing
Practicing daily is an essential aspect of playing a musical instrument. Parental encouragement and monitoring of practice time can make a big difference in a students' success.  It is recommended to begin with 15-20 minute practices, gradually increasing to 30 minutes.

Band T-Shirts
Band T-Shirts area available for purchase.  Please see the t-shirt order form.

Summer Camp
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in Summer Band Camp.  They receive five 45 minute lessons the week before school begins.  It is a great way to kick off your child's participation in Band for the upcoming school year. (For more details, see the "Beginner Band Camp" flyer).

Instruments
Students need an instrument in good playing condition with proper setup. The vendors listed below meet the district criteria for quality instruments and service:

  • PM Music Center 630-978-9927
  • Quinlan & Fabish Music Company 630-654-4111

Instruments in poor condition can cause unnecessary frustration for your child and impede on their success.  If you are considering purchasing or renting from another source, please consult your child's and director first.

Materials Needed
Students need the method book, Accent on Achievement Book 1 and a music stand for home practice.  (See "Suggested Band Instruments and Accessories" for additional materials).

For specific questions regarding your child's participation in band, please contact one of the elementary band directors.

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