Is your child interested in joining the Laurel Woods Elementary School Band or Orchestra?  GREAT!!!  Playing in the Band or Orchestra can be one of the most rewarding experiences a child can have in school.  And, signing up couldn't be easier.

Your child has seen my presentation in school about signing up for Band or Orchestra.  (Hopefully they mentioned that already.)  In that presentation, I went over the whole procedure for signing up.  The Permission Slips were handed out to all interested 3rd and 4th grade students in their General Music class.  If a student (3rd, 4th, or 5th grade only) is interested in Band or Strings but did not get a packet or needs another copy, please have them see me as soon as possible.  When I receive a Permission Slip for a student I will bring them a packet of information.  Be sure you and your child read the entire packet carefully.  There is a lot of important information in there.

No child will be allowed to begin Band or Strings without a SIGNED permission slip.  On the permission slip, your child (with your help) should select two instruments they would be interested in playing.  Although most students can get their first choice, for several reasons, that may not be possible and in that case, I need to know what their second choice would be.  (Students who played in the Band or Orchestra last year and are playing the same instrument do not need to make a second instrument choice.)  Any child who played an instrument last year and wishes to switch instruments MUST complete a new "Instrumental Music Permission Slip".

Returning (Intermediate or Advanced) students were automatically placed in lesson groups on the instrument they played last year.  If they do not wish to participate, PLEASE let me know as soon as possible so I can plan accordingly.  Also please complete a new permission slip if your child had wanted to switch instruments since, in most cases, they will need to re-enroll in the program as a beginner.


Once I have received all permission slips, I will give your child a schedule letting them know when their first lesson is.  Beginning students do not need their instruments, books or supplies for their first lesson.  They will need them by the second one however.  Intermediate and Advanced students will need their instruments, books, and supplies at their first lesson.

If you have any questions AT ALL on how to sign up for Band or Orchestra, choosing an instrument, or anything else about the program, please call me at the school (410-880-5960) or e-mail me ( at any time.  I hope to get your son or daughter's permission slip soon.  It's going to be a GREAT year!

Once again, if you need the informational packet with all that helpful information or the permission slip, just tell your son or daughter to get one in their pod area or outside my classroom (on the second floor of the "new" wing).


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