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    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Welcome to the Carl Sandburg Middle School Instrumental Program!

    Students learn the fundamentals of rhythmic, motor and auditory skills, practice sight reading and musical notation, while discovering an appreciation and love for music. The program has at its heart, the intention of preparing students for ensemble playing.

    This exciting endeavor will afford students the possibility to study a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. Students would meet with their instrumental music teacher for a lesson during school once a week. The more exposure and time spent with the instrument, the more experienced the child will become.

    Instrumental instruction will continue to be available to your child through the 12th grade. Learning to play an instrument and belonging to the school band or orchestra opens up a whole new world of friendship and fun. Your child will be able to take advantage of musical performances with ensembles at the middle school and high school levels. The opportunities for playing an instrument after high school are abundant, with many universities offering scholarships. Instrumental music provides a great foundation for your child in all aspects of life. In addition to music, students learn self-discipline, group cooperation, poise, physical coordination, high self esteem, and the importance of teamwork- skills in great demand at almost every aspect of life. Like all the arts, music has a profound effect on the academic success of students as well.

    If you have any questions or concerns; don’t hesitate to contact me either by phone or email. I look forward to working with your child and to sharing their work with you at the concerts. 

    Musically yours,

    Laura Nee

    CSMS Band and Orchestra Director

    lnee@obps.org