Frequently Asked Questions
What if I am not sure if I want my child to do band?
Remember when your children wouldn’t eat the food you made for them? You always said, “Try it before you decide you don’t like it.” Band is the same way. Your child should sign up for band even if you or they are unsure. If at some point you decide that band is not for you, drop the class. It is much easier to drop something after trying it, than to join late when everyone else has already started.
What if I don’t know anything about music?
That’s ok! We will teach your child everything they need to know, step by step. From how to assemble and care for the instrument to reading notes and rhythms, we will guide your child through the process. All that is needed from you is an enthusiastic attitude and patient ears when your child comes home and makes their first sound.
How much out of school time is required?
Band is no different than any other curricular area. We ask that your child spend some time with their instrument each and every week. Think of it as musical homework, but much more fun. As your child progresses in the band program more after school rehearsal time is required and will be advertised at a minimum of 1 month in advance. You can locate the band calendar of events here:
Can my child be in the Band and athletics/clubs/etc.?
Yes! All band course from 6-12 grade meet during the school day on a daily basis and should not interfere with any before/after school athletic program and/or club. The High School Band does meet frequently after school in the Fall due to Marching Band Season and Spring due to Concert MPA Season, however I am very flexible and work with the other coaches/sponsors to share time with the students.
What instrument should my child play?
The answer depends on a variety of things, but in the end, it is most important that the play something that they enjoy. I encourage you to visit the website www.bepartoftheband.com, watch the different instrument videos with your child, and discuss the different options. I will also help guide your child based on his/her musical interests, physical make-up, and instrument availability. Your child knows what she wants, you know your child, and I know music. Together we will find the instrument that she will not only enjoy but will give her the best chance of musical success.
What are the costs?
The costs associated with band depend on which instrument your child chooses and if you already own an instrument.
We wish funds were available for us to provide every child with an instrument, however, this is simply not possible. The school may have certain instruments available for at school use. If not, you can rent a quality instrument from a local music store at a very reasonable price. If financial constraints prevents you from being able to do this, please contact me and allow me to help. We will not let instrument availability or financial constraints keep your child from participating.
How do I get an instrument?
The school provides many of the larger and more expensive instruments. We encourage students playing smaller, less expensive instruments to either rent or purchase their own instrument.
Recommended Rental Store: Playground Music, Panama City
More information regarding instrument availability is available upon request.
Are Private Lessons Helpful?
Absolutely! If you are able to provide your child with private lessons they will progress at a MUCH faster rate. Young musicians can learn more quickly from a private teacher than in a traditional full band setting. There are many private teachers available within the county, but if you are unfamiliar with how to get in contact with them, simply contact Playground Music and they will point you in the right direction!
What if I have other questions?
Please know that I am here to answer any and all questions that you may have. Due to the busy nature of our program and schools in general, it is sometimes difficult to contact me by phone. The best way for you to reach me is electronically at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This will allow me to respond to your query, whether you are available by phone or not. You may also contact me via our school website at .
If you would like to know more about the individual instruments or band in general, visit www.bepartoftheband.com.