The Music Program utilizes the Suzuki Method of teaching. Basically, this means, that with adequate practice, all students are taught in a way that they will be able to perform within a few months. We cannot underscore the need to practice, practice and practice. If you feel that your son is not ready to practice on a regular and consistent basis, we suggest that he attends another elective in the Shaarei Arazim After School Program.
Any student that has been at least 3 semesters in our music program will be entitled to perform at our end of the year grand performance. Last year’s performance had an audience of over 700 people.
All students in the Wind instrument class must bring their instrument and a folder for homework handouts.
- For clarinet players, you must have a clarinet with an extra 3 reeds that are size # 2. They must also bring cork grease.
- For saxophone players, they must have an alto sax with an extra 3 reeds that are size # 2 or size medium. They must also bring cork grease.
- For trumpet players, they must have a B-flat trumpet and 2 oz. of valve oil.
- For trombone players you will just need a trombone.
- For flute players you will just need a flute.
Wind Instrument class on a Beginner level (1st semester): This is for students who are brand new to their instruments. learning how to produce sounds correctly, introducing notes progressively through modelling, and learn to play simple then more intricate songs. Reading musical notation, though introduced, is NOT emphasised at this level.
Wind Instrument class on an Intermediate level (2nd semester): This is for students who know the names and fingerings for at least 8 notes on their instruments and can play some simple songs. More notes and songs are taught at this level. Playing in a few different keys is introduced along with some basic rhythmic and note reading.
Wind Instrument class on an Advanced Intermediate level (3rd semester): This is for students who can play songs they know by memory or by ear and songs they recognize when shown the note names. More notes, songs and keys are taught at this level. Playing written music (without writing in the names of the notes) is begun. Playing harmony and different parts is introduced.
Wind Instrument class on an Advanced level (4th semester): Previous skills are expanded on and simple musical arrangements (depending on the instrumentation available) are taught. Ensemble performance skills are introduced with the idea of making music together in addition to being able to solo.
Wind Instrument class on the Performance level (5th semester & up): Students will now be joining a performance class where ensemble performance skills are practiced and honed together as an orchestra. A strong emphasis will be placed on proper timing while playing alone and with other musicians as this is an imperative skill to master for their Grand Performance at the end of the year.
Looking to buy or rent an instrument?
Before we talk about blowing wind instruments, not every child will be successful at every wind instrument based on a number of factors. These are our professional suggestions.
- Any child who has missing top teeth will not be able to play any wind instrument.
- Clarinet, trumpet and trombone are the easiest beginner wind instruments.
- Saxophone is a little harder but can still work for beginners.
- Flute is NOT a beginner instrument.
- Clarinet: If your child has thin fingers, he will have a hard time covering the holes of a clarinet.
- Trumpet: If your child has braces, he will have a difficult time with a trumpet.
- Trombone: make sure your child’s arms are long enough to move the slide all the way out.
- Saxophone: Make sure your child is not too small to handle a saxophone, or has short fingers that they cannot get their hand around the saxophone neck.
Now that you understand that your child’s choice instrument may not be good for them, we continue. Wind instruments, may be a little harder to borrow, so before you buy… please rent. The cheap ones you see online are made in China, even if they have fancy italian names. If they break, many of the music stores may or may not be able to fix them because the cheap metals are not fixable. The best value is to rent from Rockland Music Center. They have a special rental rate that for the first 4 months it comes out to anywhere between $13 to $20 a month, depending on the instrument. At that point you can return it or continue renting the instrument for a higher rate. 4 months should give you and your child enough time to see if this instrument is going to work for them long term.
They are located at 234 E Rte 59 in Nanuet. Their phone number is (845) 624-5470. If you still want to buy a cheap online version it may last for sometime, as long as you consider it as if your renting, you won’t be disappointed if its not fixable.