Instrumental Music Enrollment Information

For school year 2022-23, District 54 is pleased to offer beginning instruction on band and orchestra instruments to students in fifth and sixth grade. The District 54 Instrumental Music Program provides students with one weekly lesson during the school day and one weekly after-school band or orchestra rehearsal at their neighborhood junior high. More details about the program are available on the District 54 Instrumental Music Page and in the District 54 Instrumental Music Handbook (PDF).

Instrument Choices

Students can choose to be in band or orchestra.

  • Band instruments are flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone.
  • Orchestra instruments are violin, viola, and cello.

Instrument Selection

Students are encouraged to consider the following important points when deciding which instrument to play:

  • The sound of the instrument should be pleasing to the student (Play something that you will enjoy hearing yourself practice!)
  • ALL songs can be played on ALL instruments.
  • Play what you want, not necessarily what your friends will play.

Please take some time to learn about the instruments below.

  • Flute – highest sounding band instrument; blow across a hole and push keys to make the sound
  • Clarinet – lower sounding than the flute; blow across a reed and push keys to make the sound
  • Trumpet – highest sounding brass instrument; buzz into a mouthpiece and push valves to make the sound
  • Trombone – lower sounding than the trumpet; buzz into a mouthpiece and move a slide to make the sound
  • Violin – highest sounding orchestra instrument; rests under the chin; pluck or bow to make the sound
  • Viola – lower sounding than the violin; rests under the chin; pluck or bow to make the sound
  • Cello – lowest sounding orchestra instrument; rests on the floor and is held between the knees; pluck or bow to make the sound

Required Materials

  • Suitable instrument
  • Music book (Essential Elements – Book 1).
  • Folding music stand.

There are also required supplies that are specific to each instrument. Please see the District 54 Instrumental Music Handbook for more information.

Enrollment Timeline

  • Students view instrument demonstrations in their elementary schools during the month of April.
  • Parents and students attend an enrollment information meeting at their neighborhood junior high on one of the following dates:
    • Monday, April 25 – Mead Junior High – 7:00 PM
    • Tuesday, April 26 – Eisenhower Junior High – 7:00 PM
    • Wednesday, April 27 – Addams Junior High – 7:00 PM
    • Wednesday, April 27 – Frost Junior High – 7:00 PM
    • Wednesday, April 27 – Keller Junior High – 7:00 PM
  • Parents complete online enrollment form (link below)
  • Lessons begin in the elementary schools – Fall, 2022

Enrollment Form

Highly Qualified Music Stores

District 54 Instrumental Music Website

District 54 Instrumental Music Handbook (PDF)

District 54 Instrumental Music Handbook – Spanish (PDF)

If you have questions, please contact the instrumental music teacher at your elementary school or call 847-357-5138.