• Welcome to the
    Spring Grove Area School District
    4th-6th Grade Band Page! 
     Be Part of the Band


    It is now your turn to BE PART OF THE 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.

    The Spring Grove Area School District believes in the power of music education and its ability to educate the whole 21st-century learner—without limits. 

    The Music Department delivers a sequential standards-based music education that is an essential part of life, integral in the development of the whole person, and a vital component for the advancement of civilization. 

    A comprehensive music education engages learners in developing self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, creativity, and self-motivation necessary for success. The skills and technical qualities involved in creating, recreating and interpreting works in music, provide for lifelong performance, enjoyment and appreciation. 

    1. Benefits of studying instrumental music: 
    • Teamwork 
    • Self-Expression 
    • Coordination 
    • Memory Skills 
    • Self-Confidence and Esteem 
    • Poise 
    • Goal-Setting 
    • Problem Solving 
    • Sense of Accomplishment and Pride 


    1. Learning Process 
    • 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.  
    1. Why a second language? 
    1. 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 in a natural way and often times at 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) and that 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 and does so by using its own 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 some level of 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 


    1. Parent Tips 
    • Set aside a regular music session 4 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 two concert dates to be sure your child can attend. 
    • Provide support and assistance to make sure that your band student is keeping with all classroom assignments on lesson days. Our teachers are great at this too! 


    1. Student Responsibilities 
    • A minimum of 3 days of completing the weekly practice goal. 
    • Play free of distractions. 
    • Place music at eye level, and be sure to 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 lesson. 
    • Leave class quietly with as little distraction as possible to your teacher and other students. 


    1. 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 band, please contact Mr. Bupp via phone or email to discuss available options. We can help! 

    Option 1: 

    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, offer repair services, and other general supplies that keep your child’s instrument running. They also offer weekly pick up/drop off for repairs and deliveries for your child’s instrument and musical needs. The attached flyer highlights their program. 

    Option 2: 

    A Family or Friend 

    Perhaps you have a family member, friend, or close friend that played an instrument. These are good sources to getting an instrument. (A quick Facebook post could give you options or places to look.) 

    Option 3: 

    Online Used Instrument Sites Online websites such as www.musicgoround.com and www.reverb.com are the eBay/Craigslist of musical instruments. We have had success 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,Lebanc, Vito, Jupiter
    • Alto Saxophone: Yamaha, Bundy, Selmer,Lebanc
    • 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 break easily AND, in most cases, cannot be repaired as parts do not exists. When in doubt, contact ask Mr. Bupp (buppt@sgasd.org) and he can direct you in the most economically sound option possible for your individual situation. 


    1. Lessons
    • One small group lesson per cycle with like instruments (flutes, clarinets, etc.) 
    • Lessons will be on a rotating schedule so that 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 is all areas of the educational day are met.  


    1. Grading 
    • All students learn at a different pace. Band is graded as a pass/fail class that is based on lesson attendance, remembering his/her instrument and showing growth (regardless of pace) at each lesson. 


    1. Recommended Instrument Brands: 
    • Flute (closed hole): Yamaha, Gemeinhardt, Armstrong, Bundy, Artley 
    • Oboe: Yamaha, Selmer, Bundy, Fox 
    • Clarinet: Yamaha, Bundy, Selmer, Buffet, Lebanc, Vito 
    • Alto Saxophone: Yamaha, Bundy, Selmer, Lebanc 
    • Trumpet: Yamaha, Bach, Selmer, Bundy, Conn, King 
    • French Horn: Yamaha, Jupiter, Conn, Holton, King 
    • Trombone: Yamaha, Bach, Conn, Jupiter, Bundy, King 
    • Baritone, Tuba: Provided By School OR Yahama, Bach, Conn, King 
    • Percussion: Ludwig, Yamaha, Pearl, Vic Firth, CB 


    1. Care of Instruments 
    • Care of instruments will be discussed throughout the year with handouts sent home via Mr. Bupp. 



    Menchey Music Instrument Rental to Purchase Overview


    Online Tutorial for Renting Online through Menchey Music


    Click Here to Rent Online through Menchey Music 

    If you are looking to accquire an instrument from another source, please check out these sites for reputable, used, instruments:


    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 options. We can help!

    Step 3- Online Registration Form-

    Click Here to Formally Enroll Your Child






     Mr. Timothy Bupp

    Band Director 4th-6th Grade
    Phone: 225-4731 x. 1539
    Our Motto:
    Better Today Than Yesterday