In the coming weeks, 4th and 5th grade students will begin learning the recorder! This represents a wonderful opportunity to build musical skills such as note-reading, ensemble playing and music appreciation. Please see below for details on payment, recommended practice time, and cleaning of instruments.
Your student will receive a recorder that is theirs to keep. There will be a $5 fee for recorders. This must be paid online on the Fees page of your Parent Portal account. Please do not send students to school with cash or checks. If your student already owns a recorder in good condition, they will not need to pay the $5 fee. If a student’s recorder becomes lost or too damaged to work correctly, a new one will be issued for an additional $5. Click here for instructions on how to make a payment through your Parent Portal.
I recommend that students keep their recorders and music packets in their backpack so they will always have them at home or at school. To make steady progress, I recommend that students practice for 10 minutes 4 times a week. If you need to sanitize your student's recorder, separate the instrument’s pieces and hand-wash them or wash them in the top rack of the dishwasher without the heated dry cycle.
Please feel free to reach out at [email protected] with any questions!