SEPTEMBER UPDATE- Common Music Program Questions & Answers
Where do the students meet for the Head Start Clinic and what do they learn?
The students meet in the Band room at 6:00 pm and then are assembled into their instrument groups to learn from a professional musician. The Grade 5 students learn how to put their instruments together, how to perform the first few notes of a scale, proper instrument cleaning and important techniques for breathing. The Grade 6 clinics are designed to work on extending each student’s known range of notes and the abovementioned items. Also during the HeadStart evening, our uniform coordinator will size each student for his or her band shirt. The students also learn overall performance tips specific to their new instruments that will help them find success in class. Please Note: The HeadStart Clinics have been delineated by grade level and performance ability, therefore each student must attend on the correct evening to maximize his or her full learning potential with the professional musicians.
Where do the Music Parents meet to garner the Music Program 2019-2020 tentative calendar?
At 6:30 pm each evening Dr. Freeman and/or Mr. Waters will meet parents in the Learning Commons to pass out our concert dates for the school year, discuss concert attire and answer any questions that folks may have regarding the calendar of events. All parents who have a child in the Band program are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting for our Westmount Music Parents' Society. Parents with Music students from Grades 7 to Grade 12 are encouraged to attend to find out about program highlights on September 12 at 8:00 pm in the Learning Commons.
How do the fees for Band work?
There is a small uniform fee that pays for the cost of the band dress shirt. There is a small course fee for Band from Grade 6 to Grade 12. There is a small instrument rental fee, if your son or daughter rents an instrument from the school. All of these fees are tallied and made available for online payment after roughly one month. No student is left behind based on financial need. All of our students have the right to perform music, just like all have the right to play sports.
What is the best way to keep informed regarding events, concerts, festivals, performance trips, rehearsals, fundraisers, clubs, band camps and general information?
Please check the WCS Music Program website to keep current on program news, weekly rehearsal schedules, fundraisers and special concert dates. The member login and password for the private gallery page will be sent to you soon. Monthly information emails will also be sent directly to families.
My child simply adores music. What extra-curricular music clubs and activities will be offered this year? Does the club require an audition? Are the age ranges set in stone?
Monday Lunch- Handbell Choir- Grade 5 to Grade 8, Band Room/ Term 1- Starts in October.
Day 2 Friday Lunch- Junior Jazz Band- Grade 5 to Grade 7, Auxiliary Band Room/ All Year- Starts Late Fall.
Tuesday After School & Thursday Lunch- Senior Jazz Band- Grades 8 to 12, Band Room (Club or Credit)/ Term 1 & 2
An audition is not required for the ensembles listed above, unless there is more interest than what we can accommodate on each instrument or in each ensemble. The age range is a general guideline. If a child is technically proficient we may ask him or her to perform in a more advanced group.