2020-2021 SMS Band 6th Grade Instrument Selection
Dear Future Band Members and Family Members,
Thank you for your patience as we have worked to find new and inventive ways to place our 6th grade band students on instruments. With the safety of everyone in mind, what we have done in the past will not work right now. We are trying our very best to gather all of the information we can about each incoming student to help them choose an instrument that they will be most successful with.
You will need a ruler or tape measure to complete Section 5 of this questionnaire.
In Section 6 of this questionnaire, you will be asked to watch a video that demonstrates all of the instruments we offer in the band program. We are asking that you please watch all of the video with your child before you all select their instrument choices.
Please remember that EVERY instrument is important and necessary for the band to be successful. Like any sports team, we need each position filled in order to have a complete team. We will begin with students “first choice” of instrument and then go through the other instruments until we find the best one or two.
Because we normally test students in person and this online system is new to all of us, we may discover that a student has been placed on an instrument that they will not be successful. An example could be that a child's hands are just too big or too small for a certain instrument, or their facial structure prohibits them from making a characteristic sound. Because we want the best for our students, all 6th grade instrument placements will be tentative until we meet in person. If a student must change instruments a schedule change may or may not be needed. We will do our very best to make your instrument placement correctly. We want you to be as successful as possible!
All of the information collected in this questionnaire will be kept private and confidential.
Once you have completed this questionnaire, remember to go to this link to sign up for a Zoom meeting with the band directors.
We will contact you with your instrument choice as soon as all students have completed this questionnaire and directors have completed virtual meetings with all band members. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to a wonderful year with you all!
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