All students in the Lower School (Grades 4-6) will study an instrument next year and play in either the Band or String Orchestra. Grade 3 students will explore instruments through their general music class and select an instrument after 2 trimesters of instrument preview units.
All returning families should complete:
Rising Grade 4 Form (one form per student) return by August 15
Rising Grade 5 and 6 Form (one form per student) return by August 15
Students new to Holton will receive a separate letter with information specific to registering for an instrument in September.
In addition to instrumental ensemble rehearsal during the school day, all fourth grade students and any students in their first year of study (i.e. fifth and sixth graders new to the instrument) are required to take a group lesson after school that provides instruction for students on the same instrument and at the same level of experience. Group lessons are provided by the Music Department at no additional charge to families.
AFTER-SCHOOL GROUP LESSON SCHEDULE 2019-2020
*Please note first years and second years do not correlate with a grade, but the length of time a student has been playing their instrument.* After-school lessons will begin the week of September 16.
Monday 3:30-4:15 p.m.
1st year violins and violas
1st year flutes (any student new to the instrument)
Monday 4:15-5 p.m.
2nd year violins and violas
1st year baritones (any student new to the instrument)
Tuesdays 3:30-4:15 p.m.
1st year cellos and basses
1st year clarinets and saxophones (any student new to the instrument)
Tuesdays 4:15-5 p.m.
2nd year cellos and basses
1st year trumpets (any student new to the instrument)
Allyson Royster, LS/MS/US Bands, MS/US Handbells
Mark Schuppener, Director of Strings, Director of Fine and Performing Arts