How to Enroll Your Child in Band
Step 1: Your child had the opportunity to try out two instruments during school. The instrument your child selected is marked on the selection certificate.
Step 2: Read through the complete information regarding our nationally recognized program.
Step 3: Complete the online registration form linked on the right.
Enroll Your Child in Band
- The Learning Process
- Parent Tips
- Student Responsibilities
- Obtaining an Instrument
- Lessons and Grading
- Care of Instruments
- Private Lessons
Learning to play a musical instrument is just like learning a new language. Because of this, Mr. Bupp teaches using the Music as A Second Language (MSL) Approach. Why a second language? Because no one is born into a family where music is the primary language.
The Music as A Second Language approach to music instruction draws upon the “Theory of Second Language Acquisition” by Stephen Krashen. It is, at first, deliberately non-notational. By emphasizing performance and composition over reading and writing, students acquire musical skills naturally and often at an accelerated pace. This creates a context rich in musical experience for young learners. This is well facilitated in an environment that encourages and allows for Approximation (experimentation), keeps students’ Affective Filters low, and reduces student anxiety.
Ideally, a child has the opportunity to “speak” or “play” music for a few years before they are introduced to the written system. Once a child can play and feels competent on their instrument, they will have established a base from which reading music will have a much more meaningful context.
Why teach music as a language?
Like spoken language, music expresses the full range of human emotions using its distinct grammar, meter, cadence, and phonemes. It has both a spoken and written form. Music, like language, must be learned from others who have already achieved fluency. Finally, both language and music are primarily vehicles for human communication.
“Many people say, ‘music is a language,’ but it is seldom taught as one.”
– Victor Wooten, Bass Virtuoso
Set aside a regular music session four times a week. Consistency will go a long way! (Refrain from using practice as a punishment. Interest levels will fluctuate throughout the school year)
Please encourage your child through positive support. Listen to play sessions on occasion.
Please set aside our concert date so your child can attend.
Provide support and assistance to ensure your band student keeps up with all classroom assignments on lesson days. Our teachers are great at this too!
- Complete the recommended goals for each practice week to stay on track!
- Play free of distractions.
Place music at eye level, and use good posture while you play.
Set goals! Work on improving three things in your assignment every time you play.
Attend lessons on your lesson day.
Be on time!
Bring all materials
Be responsible for all work/material you miss while out of class for your lessons.
Leave class 2-3 minutes before your lesson begins and return 2-3 minutes following your address.
Leave class quietly to your teacher and other students as little distraction as possible.
Materials Needed- An Instrument. Everything else will be provided.
The Spring Grove Area School District is committed to providing opportunities for ALL students to reach their full potential in music education. If cost is a prohibitive factor in participating in the band, please get in touch with Mr. Bupp via phone or email to discuss available options. We can help!
Menchey Music Service
Menchey Music is a long-time partner of Spring Grove Area School District. They offer reasonable rent-to-own programs on instruments and provide repair services and other general supplies that keep your child’s instrument running. They also provide weekly pick up/drop off for repairs and deliveries for your child’s instrument and musical needs. The attached flyer highlights their program.
A Family or Friend
Perhaps you have a family member, friend, or close friend that played an instrument. These are good sources for getting an instrument. (A quick Facebook post could give you options or places to look.)
Online Used Instrument Sites such as www.musicgoround.com and www.reverb.com are the eBay/Craigslist of musical instruments. We have succeeded with many parents finding a great instrument on these sites.
Instrument Brands to Strongly Consider
Just like cars, some are better than others. Below is a list of brands that will LAST and be able to be repaired should a problem arise.
Flute (closed hole): Yamaha, Gemeinhardt, Armstrong, Bundy, Artley, Jupiter
Clarinet: Yamaha, Bundy, Selmer, Buffet, Leblanc, Vito, Jupiter
Alto Saxophone: Yamaha, Bundy, Selmer, Leblanc
Trumpet: Yamaha, Bach, Selmer, Bundy, Conn, King,Juptier
French Horn: Yamaha, Jupiter, Conn, Holton, King
Trombone: Yamaha, Bach, Conn, Jupiter, Bundy, King
Baritone, Tuba: Provided by School ORYahama, Bach, Conn, King
Percussion: Ludwig, Yamaha, Pearl, Vic Firth, CB
Instruments from www.amazon.com or other NON-MUSIC-related websites may look appealing, but break easily, AND, in most cases, cannot be repaired as parts do not exist. When in doubt, contact Mr. Bupp (email@example.com), and he can direct you to the most economically sound option possible for your situation.
One small group lesson per cycle with like instruments (flutes, clarinets, etc.)
Lessons will be on a rotating schedule, so students do not miss the same academic or special subject each week. The lesson schedules are developed in conjunction with the classroom teachers and all other relevant teaching staff to ensure student success in all areas of the educational day are met.
All students learn at a different pace. The band is graded as a pass/fail class based on lesson attendance, remembering their instrument, and showing growth (regardless of pace) at each lesson.
One of the most important ways to improve as a musician is through private lessons. There is no substitute for weekly sessions of individualized instruction by an instrument specialist.Not only does the student receive individualized instruction (whereas the school lesson is with a small group) the private lesson is weekly (whereas the school lesson occurs approximately every eight to ten days). Private lesson instructors serve as an ideal model and mentor to assist in your child's improvement in areas of tone, technique, and general musicianship. The helpful hints or minor adjustments suggested by the instructor can greatly improve your child's playing ability.
Inclusion on this list is in no way to be considered an endorsement by the Spring Grove Area School District. Private instruction is an agreement between the parents/guardians, student, and private teacher of your choice and is completely independent of the Spring Grove Area School District. Spring Grove Area School District assumes no responsibility for the content or quality of instruction by an independent private music teacher.
Please contact the desired instructor from the list if you are interested in professional instruction. Lesson prices are set by the instructor and most range from $12 and upward per half hour.
|Flute, Clarinet, Sax
|Flute, Clarinet, Sax
|Flute, Clarinet, Sax
|Flute, Clarinet, Sax
|Flute, Clarinet, Sax
|Saxophone (all reeds)
|Trombone (all brass)
Better Today Than Yesterday
Every Day 3 & Day 5 from 9:00 AM-9:30 AM
Day 1: (Specific practice material below)
- 5th & 6th Grade Percussion
- Next Lesson 10/25/2022
Day 3: (Specific practice material below)
Day 5: (Specific practice material below)
Welcome to 4th Grade Beginning Band!
Interactive features of your lesson book
ALL Paradise, Spring Grove, and New Salem Elementary students in 4th grade can start instruction on a band instrument!
The Spring Grove Area School District is committed to providing opportunities for ALL students to reach their full potential in music education. If cost is a prohibitive factor in participating in band, PLEASE contact Mr. Bupp via phone or email to discuss available programs. WE CAN HELP!
Spring of 3rd Grade Year
Our intermediate school musicians will visit all three elementary schools to demonstrate instruments and share positive experiences in band. Students take home a band packet and return the permission slip by May 1st. See the page to the left "BE PART OF THE BAND" for more information and forms.
Lessons begin in late August/early September. I will provide written information to students and parents with their child's lesson day and group. These will be placed in the classroom teacher's mailboxes as well as sent home with you and posted outside of the band room.
All lessons are concurrently scheduled (such as: Title 1, Seminar and Enrichment Courses). Students are group in like instrument groups (flutes, oboes, etc.) and last for thirty minutes and meet once per six-day cycle. I am very willing to adjust student's lessons to accommodate any needs with their classroom needs.
We will hold a "Debut Concert" to showcase what the students have learned in just a few months. (This will occur in November once dates and facilities are finalized.)
Lessons continue, large "full band" rehearsals are added in preparation for the Spring Concert. This large group will also meet during recess time 5-6 times in late April and early May. A schedule will be posted and sent home will all students.
SPRING CONCERT will be held at the high school in late May. Once dates and facilities are finalized at the beginning of the school year, information will be sent home with students and posted here on the website.
Lesson 6: Paradise Elementary 11/3/2022
Lesson 6: Spring Grove Elementary 11/7/2022
Lesson 6: New Salem Elementary 11/9/2022
(These charts tell you how to play each note on your instrument)