Fundamental Music Instruction uses lesson books from the series “First Songs for Band” by Ed Kelly. This series will take you from the very beginning through intermediate playing. Each line is sequential and you will find 1 new technique on most lines. There are several songs within each section giving you ample opportunity to review and support major musical skills before moving to the next section.
In addition to the lesson books, FMI has created an instructional video to help you practice every line and song within each book. Use this link to access the videos via YouTube
Anyone can learn how to play an instrument! Visit us (Instrument Demonstration) to watch an instrumental demonstration with the instruments available for music lessons with FMI.
Please print a copy for your child’s lesson book for their music class.
*we suggest placing it in a THIN Binder. Try to use one that can open fully for ease of use on a music stand.*
30 minute small group lessons will be given once a week. Many schools offer these sessions during regular school hours while others offer classes after school. All students have the option to take classes Online for added scheduling flexibility and, in addition, families may choose to take Individual (Private) lessons Online. These can be scheduled as a supplement to small group classes or as the your ongoing program choice. Visit: Frequently asked Questions
How We Group Our Students (At School)
Beginners are grouped by like instruments. Intermediate and Advanced students may be grouped in ensembles of different instruments based on their ability.
1st and 2nd graders may take our Genesis Program which is designed for young players. Instruments offered are ; Piano, Guitar, Ukulele and Violin. (Each school varies in the class choices for grades 1 + 2 so Please see your schools enrollment page for more information)
Older students from Grades 3 and up may take Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums or Bass Guitar.
When qualified, students will also receive a band rehearsal either before or after school.
Each year, students are chosen from our program schools to participate in our “Award Winning Honor Band”. This special ensemble has won 27 Superior and Outstanding level awards at Adjudicated Music Festivals. In addition, it has performed in exciting venues such as; Washington DC, NYC, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Williamsburg Va. and Disney World.