Band students will present at least two evening concerts each year, as well as an in-school assembly program, whenever possible.

Student Assessment

Progress reports will be given on an ongoing basis. Reports will reflect many aspects of musical development and are based on the students current skill level. It should not be taken as a negative reflection on overall development if some scores are low. Musical development is a cumulative process, and some skills take longer than others to progress. If you have questions or need more feedback regarding your student’s progress, please call or e-mail for an appointment with the teacher.


Fees for lessons is 9 payments of $69.00 with savings given for payments for the full-year option. These options and more are detailed on the enrollment form as well as in the FAQ window of this site.  Please note: Tuition is for lessons and band only – it does not cover the cost of a rental instrument.

Lessons and Band

  • Fundamental Music guarantees that a minimum of 30 lessons will be offered during the school year. Holidays, snow days and teacher illness are built in to the normal schedule. (In 30 years of teaching experience there has never been a year where this goal has not been reached; in fact, it is most often surpassed).
  • 30 minute small group lessons are given once a week usually during regular school hours (If lessons are before or after school, information will be sent on an individual basis). These are on a rotating schedule to ensure that students do not miss the same academic period each week (e.g., a lesson that was scheduled at 8:30 the first week will not come around to this time again for an average of 8 – 10 weeks – until all half hour time slots have been rotated through).
  • Beginners are grouped by like instruments. Advanced students may be grouped in ensembles of different instruments based on their ability.
  • When qualified, students will also receive a band rehearsal either before or after school.

Instruments and Supplies

If you do not own an instrument, Fundamental Music recommends that you rent one from a reputable dealer (usually a local music store). A list of stores in your area is available on this site, and will be given out by your teacher. Available rental forms will also be given at the start of the program – please use a source that offers quality instruments, as this will have an overall impact on a students ability to perform. If you are not sure, call or e-mail your teacher for advice.

Your child must bring the instrument to school on his/her lesson day and must remember to bring it home the same day. Do not leave the instrument at school• Do not store books or music stand in the instrument case – this may damage the instrument.
Instruments should be kept in their cases unless they are being played. Repairs can be costly – we strongly advise that you never leave the instrument unattended on the floor or a chair.

Your child will be taught how to clean the instrument after each use. Most instruments come with some simple care instructions or special swabs or cloths.

Be sure your child has an adequate supply of reeds or oil and a soft cloth in the case.

For sanitary and safety reasons, instruments should never be played by anyone except the student who owns or rents that instrument.
If you have a problem with your instrument, do not try to fix it yourself! Check with your child’s teacher or call your rental dealer as soon as possible.

In addition to the instrument, reeds (clarinets and saxophones) and valve oil (brass players), students will need a foldable wire music stand and a lesson book. These can all be purchased at any music store. For Beginners and 2nd-year players we will use First Songs for Band, Supplementary Workbook and the Intermediate Book all available on this site.