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What instrument should my child play?
In East Texas area schools most students will have been tested to answer this question before they are invited to join the band. It is a fact that a student may perform very well on one instrument and not be able to perform at all on another.
For this reason your director has usually tested your son or daughter for all kinds of physical characteristics. The list would include, but not be limited to, their overall size, shape of the lips, breath stream, length of the arm, length of the fingers, size of the fingers or hand, and several other traits.
Also taken into consideration is the student’s desire to play one instrument over another. Was the child able to produce any tone on the mouthpiece of a given instrument? Does the student “hear” or quickly recognize a given rhythm or tone?
If you wish your son or daughter to play an instrument that the band director has not listed on the band invitation, you should call or meet with them and discuss it. This can sometimes get “touchy”. Don’t be confrontational. The director is only trying to avoid kids dropping out of band because they fail to keep up with other students. Some kids want to play an instrument for which they are completely unsuited. For example, if a child wanted to play the flute and the lips are not shaped for the flute tone hole, they would have to work four times harder than a child with the same IQ, the same desire, and other similar physical characteristics. The director also has to "balance" his band. They can't have a band with 40 drummers! For your child's sake, give careful, prayerful consideration to what the band director tells you.
Most music stores, including ours, will let you rent or rent-to-own an instrument to get your child started in beginning band. We do this because we know that you have doubts about your young student’s desire or ability to play an instrument. The cost is very low and you can return the instrument for any reason. If it doesn’t work out for your child, it is not the end of the world and you're not stuck with a musical instrument that you don’t want.
Your director will almost always know by the end of the first six weeks grading period if your child has the talent and can do the work. You will know if the child still has the interest after the first few weeks of excitement. If you have any questions, or if you desire to reserve an instrument for your child, call us at 903-593-3195 and talk with a real person.
Our best wishes to your family and the band program. If there is anything we can do to help, please call us at the contact number below. If your student needs a little help getting over a “hump”, or wants to get ahead of the other band members, we have some great private lesson teachers.
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