Welcome to the LTMS Band Family!
5th Grade FAQ
Why should we consider band?
6th Grade may be the only window of time a student can learn to play an instrument in their school career!
It doesn’t get any easier than this! Start an instrument that your student has no experience with and play with a band.
Band gives incoming 6th graders an instant sense of belonging to a group even before they enter LTMS. Students meet the teacher, test their instruments, tour the band hall and already know students who will be in their class-all before the first day of 6th grade. It’s a great jump-start and advantage when coming to LTMS.
Why should my child join band this year?
6th grade is the best time for your child to join band. Our program and school schedule are geared towards students starting band in the 6th grade. Starting in 6th grade allows your child to progress with their peer group.
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 okay! 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.
What instrument available?
We offer flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion in our beginning band program.
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 our "Instrument Demonstrations" page on the left, 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 is the time commitment?
Beginning in mid-September, students are expected to practice only 10-15 minutes six days per week at home. There are only two after schools rehearsals prior to the Winter and Spring concerts.
What if we can’t afford to rent an instrument?
If your child is interested in band and cost is a concern, we will make it work-don’t worry. Certain instruments (horn, baritone, tuba) are provided by the district for a nominal one time fee. LTMS also has a limited supply of other instruments for students needing a scholarship. We have a variety of tools to available to provide for families that need financial assistance.
Can my child play an instrument if he has asthma?
Of course! We have many students that have asthma that play in the band and are very successful.
Can my child participate in band and athletics?
Absolutely! Athletics/PE do not conflict in 6th grade. We have many 7th and 8th graders that participate in band and athletics. Our band staff and coaches work hard to resolve any conflicts, so that students may participate in all activities.
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 the directors is by email (found at the bottom of this page). This will allow me to respond to your query, whether you are available by phone or not.