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PROGRAM DETAILS: MusicAlliance offers band instrument lessons and ensemble opportunities for homeschooled students ages 9-18 where they study & learn to appreciate a wide variety of music, develop music reading skills and playing skills, learn about the technical aspects of their instrument and instrument maintenance, and gain experience following a conductor and performing as a group. The program runs from September through May.
INSTRUMENT: If your child is going to use a used instrument, have it checked by an instrument repair person to be sure it is in top playing condition. If you need an instrument, you may rent a new instrument at the music store of your choice.
If you have any questions or would like more information on our Homeschool Program, please call the MusicAlliance office toll-free at 1-855-333-1357 or email us (email address is at the bottom of this page).
Q. Does my child need to be able to read music to join?
A. No, the MusicAlliance instructor will teach your child how to read music, how to play the instrument and how to handle and care for the instrument.
Q. My child takes piano lessons, how will this affect learning to play another instrument?
A. The music reading skills and coordination your child has gained from studying the piano will be very helpful in learning to play another instrument. Many students study both piano and a second instrument, with half their practice time allotted to each.
Q. How much time should my child practice at home?
A. Each MusicAlliance instructor has different expectations as to home practice, so please consult your child's teacher for specifics. In general, we suggest scheduling home practice sessions either before or after other homework or as a break in the middle of other homework. Providing your child with a quiet place and a regular time to practice will ensure success. Remember that 5 minutes of home practice is better than none at all.
Q. My child has braces or is going to get braces. Will this prohibit them from learning to play a woodwind or brass instrument?
A. Many orthodontists agree that braces will not severely limit your child's ability to play a woodwind or brass instrument. Any instrument can be played with braces.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Point of view of some parents after their child had started Band
(courtesy of “B.P.O.T.B.”)
How learning an instrument can benefit the brain
(courtesy of “TED-Ed”)
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