Ann Antolini School
Instrumental Music Program
Allison Melillo, Director
2021-2022 Concert Dates
Winter Concert: concerts will be held in the spring
All-District Concert: TBD
Spring Concert: TBD
5th Grade Concert: TBD
The instrumental program at Ann Antolini School will develop musical knowledge and skills through performing music at the 5th and 6th grade level. Through small group lessons and a full band experience, the students will develop technical abilities on an instrument. In addition to performance skills, an understanding of history and culture, music appreciation, social and emotional development, self-discipline, self-esteem, cooperation, and creativity will be fostered through a variety of activities related to the musical works being studied by the instrumental students. The instrumental music program at Ann Antolini School is designed for all 5th and 6th grade students at all ability levels.
Ann Antolini School Instrumental Music Program
Allison Melillo, Director
Lessons and Ensembles
The following instruments will be offered to all band students: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Percussion (drums and mallets).
Each band student will receive 1 half-hour small-group lesson per week during the school day. Small-group lessons help students to improve skill required on their specific instrument. Students are responsible for making up any class work missed while they are in their lesson.
Band helps to develop large ensemble skills and well as further improve instrumental performance skills. All rehearsals are held after school.
Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule
5th Grade Band Thursdays 3:00-4:00
Begins TBD and ends after the June concert
6th Grade Band Wednesdays 3:00-4:00
Begins TBD and ends after the May concert
Material for lessons and ensembles: their instrument, pencil, lesson book, band music.
Lesson and Ensemble Attendance
All instrumental students are required to participate in lessons and band practice.
All instrumental students are required to attend all concerts for which they rehearsed. For each concert missed, the band grade will be lowered.
All instrumental students are required to attend all lessons. If a test is being given in class, the student may arrange a make-up lesson.
All instrumental students still attend lessons even if they do not have their instrument. In the event that students forget their instrument, they must see Mrs. Melillo immediately. School instruments may be available for use during the lesson.
5th grade instrumental students should practice at least 15-20 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
6th grade instrumental students should practice at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
All students should record their practice time in the practice chart and have the chart signed by a parent or guardian before each lesson. Practice records will be checked at each lesson.
All students will need:
- a quiet space
- a music stand
- a regularly scheduled practice time
(ex. before dinner or bed, break from homework, after snack)
All instruments may be stored in the band room during the day of a lesson or band rehearsal. No instruments are to be left in the school building over night.
5th grade woodwind and brass: Standard of Excellence Book 1 (red)
6th grade woodwind and brass: Standard of Excellence Book 1 (red)
All percussion students: Breeze Easy Book 1 (green)
ALL French horn students: Standard of Excellence Book 1 for TRUMPET
Specific Instrumental Needs:
Flute: cleaning/tuning rod; light handkerchief for cleaning
Clarinet: 3 reeds (Gr. 5 – size 2; Gr. 6 – size 2.5); cork grease; cleaning swab
Oboe: 3 medium soft reeds; cleaning swab
Saxophone: 3 reeds (Gr. 5 – size 2; Gr. 6 – size 2.5); cork grease; swab
Trumpet: valve oil; tuning slide grease; mouthpiece brush
French horn: valve oil; tuning slide grease; mouthpiece brush
Trombone: slide cream; spray bottle; tuning slide grease; mouthpiece brush
Euphonium: valve oil; tuning slide grease; mouthpiece brush
Percussion: Vic Firth SD1 general drum sticks
Girls: White dress shirt, black skirt below the knee, or black dress slacks, dark tights or socks, dark shoes.
Boys: White dress shirt, black dress slacks, dark socks, dark dress shoes.
Private lessons are a great way to further increase instrumental learning. Studying with a professional musician who plays the same instrument provides an excellent idea of how the instrument really sounds. See Miss Zalneraitis for a list of private teachers in the area.
Allison Melillo Amanda Shaw
Band Director, Ann Antolini School Principal, Ann Antolini School
I have read the handbook and understand all of the policies of the Antolini School Band Program.
I understand that I must abide by the policies in order to make band a successful and musically enriching experience for all those involved.
Student name __________________________________
Student Signature _______________________________
Parent Signature ________________________________
Please sign, detach and return this form by October 4th.