My daughter came home with a flyer about Band for next yr. It says your child should pick 3 instruments, and they will be evaluated if they can make a tone. If they can't make a sound on the instrument they coose, then they should not play it, even if their heart is set on it. The choices are Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet, trombone, baritone (tuba-like instrument) and percussion (which also requires 2 yrs of keyboarding prior to it).
The cost of the program is a (choke, choke) $300, not including cost of instrument, books, stand, and other accessories. My daughter wants to play clarinet, but I worry that if she has never tried it before she won't be able to play it and will get stuck playing something like trombone or tuba (how cool is that??)
They are also suggesting renting a certain brand of instrument, such as for clarinet a yamaha or buffet brand. I looked online and the cost is $699. OUCH! But after one yr, I would think that renting would cost at least half of what owning the instrument would cost.
I'm trying to wrap my head around how in the world we are going to afford this.
Does your school offer band?
If you played an instrument at this age, what do you recall about learning how to play?
OMGosh... my neighbor's dd is in 5th grade and plays the clarinet. She said that aside from the $300 registration fee, the other things cost around $50, and her instrument i $800,which they are paying in $20/month installments. Holy Schmoley......