It is the goal of the Hughes Middle School Band program to provide the very best learning experiences for each band student. One of these learning experiences is the opportunity for a student to study privately with a professional instrumentalist. This enrichment opportunity is available to all band students in grades 6-8th. It allows interested students to receive additional individual help in their musical training. Secondly, this individual attention generally improves the performance level of the individual student and also has a positive effect on the band in which the student participates.
Students will have one lesson per week, the lessons could be held during the student’s band class or before/after school.
The cost of private lessons IS $18/30 minutes.
Scholarships are offered to qualifying students. Please see attached form to apply for a scholarship. Each scholarship will pay $5 per lesson.
Lessons are to be paid prior to the lesson. The student should bring one payment at the beginning of the month to their lesson teacher.
Q: Aren’t the band directors paid to teach my student their instrument? Why should I pay for somebody else to do it?
A: As band directors, we are taught to play each of the instruments and are instructed in how to best teach them as well. That said, we have limitations when it comes to instruments we did not grow up playing. Private instructors are people playing their instruments professionally and can provide the most detailed, instrument-specific information for your students. Band directors may have a number of tricks to help students improve, but lesson instructors can give the best information possible. Additionally, the band directors are responsible for all of the students in the program, limiting substantial individual attention.
Q: My student is not falling behind on their instrument, so are lessons necessary?
A: Yes! Again, lessons are not for students that are struggling with aspects of their instrument. Lessons are for ALL students in order to improve to be the best at their instrument as possible. This is a MAJOR part of a band program and should be involved with all students.
Please take time to fill out the enrollment form and apply for a scholarship!