By Meredith L.Whelan and Emma M.Haas
Are you interested in playing in the orchestra or band? We are about dive into the music program at Eagle River Elementary school!
Playing a musical instrument is a wonderful activity offered to sixth graders at Eagle River Elementary. Playing in the band or orchestra is optional, but this year every sixth grader is participating.
Playing in the band or orchestra is a fun and inspirational activity and allows participants to express what they have learned while playing in concerts. It’s during these concerts that players and listeners can hear what they have accomplished.
The orchestra teacher at Eagle River Elementary is Mrs. Elder. In the orchestra there are four instruments; the viola, the violin, the cello, and the bass. Emily, a cello player, tells us about her experience in the orchestra, “Well, you can be creative and interact with people. Basically it can bring people together and is a very fun experience! I really enjoy orchestra and the people there are super nice!”
The band teacher is Mrs. Mills. In band there are seven instruments; flutes, clarinets, a baritone, a saxophone, trombones, trumpets, and percussion instruments. The saxophone player, Luke, has this to say about band, “I like the mellow sounds and the instruments are cool. My favorite part of band is my instrument. Band is fun and inspirational and helps me find a new part of life that is awesome!”
If you are planning on playing an instrument in sixth grade, listen in music class. In music you will learn many of the same things you need to know to play an instrument. Also you will be more familiar with playing an instrument because you would have played the recorder and/or the ukulele.
Follow your heart and choose what you want to play, but don’t follow the crowd. Whatever your future holds, know that playing an instrument is fun and can add a lot to your life.
Did you know that playing a musical instrument can help you to:
- Boost time management, organizational and listening skills
- Learn perseverance, discipline and responsibility
- Enhance hand-eye coordination
- Improve reading, mathematical and comprehension skills
- Sharpen concentration
- Feel a sense of accomplishment
- Elevate self-esteem
- Allow cooperative creativity