in September our instrumental faculty will be visiting each elementary
school to invite fourth- and fifth-grade students to participate in this
exciting program which offers them opportunity to learn how to play a
wind, brass, percussion or string instrument. This program is important
because, as an integral part of the K12 music curriculum, it is
the foundation of the award-winning middle school and high school band
and orchestral programs. Participation in our instrumental program not
only prepares a student for membership in an elementary and secondary
ensemble, but also develops skills in self-discipline, flexible ways of
thinking, concentration, decision making, physical coordination and aural
perception. Additionally, participants in the program have found the experience
builds self-esteem and self-confidence as well as nurturing a sense of
responsibility and accomplishment. Most of all, it can be fun!
Beginning in grade four, students have the opportunity to participate
in group lessons during the school day on the violin, viola, or cello.
Students receive instruction in small groups with an instrumental specialist
once a week for 30 minutes. In grade five students may begin or continue
study of a string instrument (including beginning bass) or may begin a
wind, brass or percussion instrument. Like the string instruments, students
receive small group instruction with an instrumental specialist for 30
minutes per week. To enhance their experience, all beginning band students
and second-year string students are also encouraged to participate in
the All-Town Band or Orchestra which meet for one hour each Thursday afternoon
during the school year.
As a service to parents, the Music Department schedules a special Instrumental
Rental Night at Lexington High School. At this time, local instrumental
dealers will be in attendance to assist in the rental or purchase of an
instrument prior to the beginning the lesson season. This
is one way of obtaining an instrument. You may already have an instrument
or you may wish to contact a reputable dealer directly after your son
or daughter decides which instrument he/she wants to play.
There are high school students willing and able to tutor younger students
(for community service or a modest fee).