Congratulations on being selected for band or orchestra!!! Your child is excited to start their instrument, and we want to be a part of that experience! Most parents prefer to plan ahead, so to reserve your instrument today, just give us a call (845)395-9390 or stop in the store, and we can reserve your instrument now, and schedule it for fall delivery.
We want the best experience for your child this coming year, so we stress the following:
Please do not let your child play with or noodle around with their new instrument prior to their first lesson. We urge you to schedule fall delivery, as do most local teachers for this reason. Your child is going to want to start playing immediately, and the worst thing they can do is start playing without instruction.
If your child plays their new instrument without instruction, they are engraining habits that are not being taught to them. Whether it is holding the instrument wrong, bowing the instrument, or playing with their mouthpiece, without proper instruction this can lead to a much harder start for them. When they learn how to do it the correct way, after learning it the wrong way, it then becomes harder to correct, especially in a group setting.
Unless they are taking private lessons, which we also strongly suggest, the instrument should not be touched before their first music lesson in school. They can, however, get their lesson book, and make themselves flashcards to become familiar with the letters of the notes, the different rhythms (whole notes, half notes), and time signatures.
Remember they will be learning several different things when they start their instrument. They have to learn how to read the notes, learn rhythms, time signatures, how to hold the instrument, how to make a sound out of the instrument, and how to play the notes. There is a learning curve in the beginning, and with anything it will take time and hard work. We suggest flashcards before school starts, so they are familiar with the notes and rhythms. If you would like any other suggestions, please reach and we can provide additional recommendations.