Please take a brief moment to fill out the information below so your child can BE PART of the WIND BAND!
Student's First Name
Student's Last Name
CYWE is open to students from the age of 8, however, younger students who have studied privately will be considered. Many wind programs start at this age, as it is the age when most students have developed the lung capacity to be able to play a wind instrument and handle the responsibility of owning and caring for an instrument.
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If you are a non-beginner, please scroll down and write the name of your instrument and how long you have been playing.
If you are a beginner and haven't already done so, please complete the instrument matching tool
Beginners, please read the following and watch the video to help choose an instrument.
There are 2 things to consider when choosing an instrument
1. An instrument you want to play
Whenever students ask what is the easiest instrument to play I always say the instrument that you practice is the easiest to play! You likely won't practice an instrument you don't want to play, so make sure you find something that interests you!
2. An instrument that fits you
Some physical characteristics should be considered when choosing an instrument. However, if you have characteristics that don't perfectly "match" the instrument of your choice, it doesn't mean you cannot play it, it just might make it a little more challenging (it can be done with practice- I played trumpet with braces!). The best thing to do is try it out for yourself, if you can safely hold the instrument and make a sound, you can probably play it!
Flutes do better with:
Straight teeth, longer fingers
Playing on the flute is similar to blowing across an empty bottle: if you can make a sound doing this, you can probably make a good flute sound!
Clarinets do better with:
No protruding top teeth
Longer fingers are better
Saxophones do better with:
Same as clarinet but can have uneven teeth and/or smaller hands
Cornets/Trumpets do better with:
Cornet and trumpets are nearly the same instrument, they play with the same fingerings. Cornet, however, is a bit smaller and easier to hold for small beginners. Most people start on cornet and choose to switch to trumpet when they are full grown.
Low brass do better with:
Oboe, bassoon and french horn:
These are particularly challenging instruments for beginners so if you'd like to play these, we encourage you to take private lessons as well, otherwise you can play an alternate instrument for a season and switch over (for oboe you can start with clarinet, for french horn you can start with trumpet).
Will learn to play both battery percussion (snare drum, bass drum, etc) and mallet percussion (bells, vibes, marimba, etc). Because of this, percussion students will need to attend 3 hours of rehearsal, rather than 2, as they are learning more than one instrument.
Instrument video for beginners
BEGINNERS: list your top two instrument choices.
NON-BEGINNERS: write down the name of the instrument you already play and how long you have been playing.
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