Tuesday, August 23, 2016


This is the Rental Information that will be sent home with your child on Thursday from Ms. Adams. I just wanted to give everyone a heads up.

5th Grade Band
Instrument Rental Information

5th Grade Band Parents!

First of all, I am so glad you have chosen to embark on this journey with me! Beginning band is a very exciting time and I am really looking forward to getting to know your kids and getting to teach them music. Below is everything you need to know about picking instruments.

  1. What you need to do right now...is nothing! I do things a little bit differently than other band directors. Before starting on band instruments, all students will learn music fundamentals on recorder. We will also be learning some music theory, doing ear training, and reading lots of notes and rhythms.
  2. In mid-September, a team from Springfield Music will come during 5th grade band time to help me get every student tested on every instrument. With the testing information and what I have observed from every student on the recorder and with our class activities, we will start narrowing down what each student will play. *Please note that a very limited number of saxophonists and percussionists will be taken.* I work very hard to get all students on an instrument that they are interested in and will be successful at playing. If you do have a concern, please let me know.
  3. Finally, Instrument Rental Night with Springfield Music will be Tuesday, October 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the MS Band Room. All families will need to come that night, even if it is only to purchase the band book. I am choosing to do the rental night with Springfield Music, but if you would rather rent from Palen Music or Hoover Music, you may do so. *Please also remember that there are very few school instruments available and many of them are not in ideal playing condition. Unless there is no way for your family to afford $20-25/month for a quality instrument, please plan on renting or buying the instrument that we settle on for your child.*

Thanks again for supporting and being a part of music education! I know that your child will learn a lot and have a lot of fun. There’s nothing quite like the experience of learning to play an instrument!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. The best way to get ahold of me is via email.


Haley Adams
Director of Bands
Clever R-V Schools

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