Small Group Instrumental Lessons are open to all elementary school students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 for band or string instruments during the school day at their elementary school.
In your first year, you will learn the basics of playing your instrument in small groups during a 30-minute lesson each week. In your second and third year, you will continue with 30-minute group lessons and also have the opportunity join the Youth Band or Youth Orchestra and play in concerts at MVMMS with other students from all five elementary schools.
Signing up for small group lessons is the first step of your musical journey here in Melrose. As you get older, you will have the opportunity to join the many music groups that we have to offer here in Melrose. Take a look at this short video of what you have to look forward to as you progress through your years in Music in Melrose!
Playing an instrument in the band or orchestra is a wonderful experience that countless Melrose students have loved while creating memories that last a lifetime! We hope you will join us and be part of this timeless Melrose tradition!
Register: Registration is now an entirely online process! Registrations must be submitted by Friday, September 23rd*
Instruments: Students can learn to play one of the instruments below:
- Percussion (snare drum and bells)
*4th and 5th grade only
Basic Framework of the Program:
- Students will receive a half hour, small group lesson during the school day once a week at their elementary school.
- Groups are organized by instrument and experience level. Exact group sizes and instrumentation will vary based on enrollment.
- Students will bring their instruments and music book to their lesson each week (music stands can stay at home).
- Goals of the program include – learning the basics of playing your instrument, reading music, playing alone and with others, goal setting strategies for skill development and learning, working in pairs and small groups to prepare both informal and formal performances, general preparation for advancement to middle school ensembles.
- Students should practice at home on a regular basis. Structured, goal oriented, consistent practice is more important than counting actual minutes.
- Students will have the opportunity to perform on their instrument in various settings.
- Students can use their own instrument or rent one. Rental information is below.
$275 for the school year – 25 lessons
Due to the complexity of the schedule and staffing, if a lesson is missed it will not be “made up”. The 25 lessons over the course of the school year factors in the inevitable conflicts – holidays, snow days, teacher sickness, school testing, etc. It is highly likely that most students will receive more than 25 lessons over the course of the year even with an occasional week missed here or there.
In the first week = 100 percent refund
After one month = 75 percent refund
After two months = no refund
If you do not own an instrument and would like to rent one there are many companies which specialize in renting student level instruments. For your convenience, we arrange for Music & Arts to hold a “rental night” every fall here in Melrose. Here you can talk with the representatives in person, sign up, get measured (string players) and take home your instrument, book, accessories, and music stand all in one stop close to home the week before the first lesson.
There is a separate fee for this service which varies depending on the instrument.
Music & Arts will be hosting a RENTAL NIGHT at Roosevelt Elementary School – 253 Vinton Street in Melrose on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Families can purchase music books, accessories, be fitted for instruments and rent. Details are below.
Music & Arts is responsible for instrument sterilizations per state regulations.
Music & Arts Rental Night Information 2016
Where: Roosevelt Elementary School Cafeteria – 253 Vinton St, Melrose MA 02176
When: Thursday, September 29th, 2016
- 6:30 – 7:30 PM. for String Instruments
- 7:30 – 8:30 PM for Band Instruments
Information regarding instrument rental or other purchases will be explained. Instruments will be fitted to students and distributed.
New STRING students will need to accompany their parents/guardians to Rental Night to be measured and fitted for the correct size instrument.
Please be prepared to pay using a check, cash or credit card.
*A credit card number is necessary as a security deposit to rent an instrument. Please contact Educational Representative, Neil Howell from Music & Arts at (508) 668-1185 with questions or concerns.
Instruments may also be rented online. Please visit their website: www.musicarts.com
Music Books & Accessories
- Music books are required for all students and may be purchased on Rental Night.
- All violin and viola players will need to purchase a shoulder pad.
- All brass players will need to purchase a B.E.R.P.
- Music stands are strongly encouraged for student practice at home.
All of the above accessories will be available and explained at Rental Night.
String Instrument Rental Program
Beginners on violin and viola usually start on a ½ or ¾ size instrument and require a full-size instrument when they are physically bigger. Consequently, no string instrument should become a permanent possession unless it is full sized. Arrangements have been made to offer a unique beginner string instrument rental. A ½ or ¾ size violin or viola can be rented for a school year (Sept.-June) at a cost of $99.99 plus tax and insurance. The cello rental fee is $169.99. This rental fee must be paid in full upon delivery of the instrument. Up to three years of rental fees may be applied toward the retail price of a new full-sized instrument.
Band Instrument Rental-Purchase Program
A plan of leasing a band instrument on a monthly basis until the payments equal the selling price, or until the instrument is returned, is available. Each month’s payment is deducted from the cost of the instrument and there are no finance or carrying charges included. Payments are not refundable. The instrument is paid for as it is rented. An introductory 3-month rental plan is available for the flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, or percussion at $21.99 plus tax and insurance. The saxophone plan is $35.99. After the initial 3-month period, payments are monthly.
The rental instrument may be purchased at any time by deducting the accumulated paid rental fees from its retail selling price (plus sales tax.) A 30% discount on the outstanding balance will be allowed for purchase if the payment is made at one time.
Letter to Elementary School Families – 2016-2017
Dear Elementary School Families,
The Music Department offers small group lessons on string and band instruments to students in grades 3, 4, and 5 who wish to participate in the Melrose Public Schools Small Group Instrumental Program. This is an exciting opportunity for children to begin or continue learning a musical instrument! The Lesson Fee is $275.00 for the school year and includes 25 half hour lessons. Students will be assigned to a lesson group, which will meet during the school day once a week at their elementary school.
It is important for your young musician to have a quality instrument that is in good playing condition. Families may rent, borrow or purchase their instrument anywhere they choose. For your convenience, the MPS Music Department has arranged a Rental Night with an MPS vendor, Music & Art on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at MVMMS. Details regarding this event are above.
We are very excited to welcome new and continuing students into the MPS musical family. Research indicates that playing music at an early age can have a positive effect on a child’s overall development. We hope your child will join us and look forward to welcoming them into the world of instrumental music!
Mr. Repucci, Mr. Miller, and Mr. Eltoury
For more information contact:
Dr. Kimberly Talbot – [email protected]
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Pre-Demo Announcement August 30th, 2016
Mr. Repucci, Mr. Miller, and Mr. Eltoury will be coming to your elementary school Monday, September 12th, 2016 for an Instrumental Demonstration Concert. Melrose High School Band & Orchestra students will perform on each of the instruments available to learn so you can hear what they sound like both individually and as part of an ensemble.