All district fourth graders may enroll with no prior experience needed. 5th and 6th grade students may also enroll upon the director's approval. To enroll, parents and child attend a meeting together in which a demonstration of the instruments is given and the program is discussed. Students are considered temporarily enrolled after attending the meeting, then complete the enrollment process when they attend their first lesson.
The program consists of one 30 minute lesson each week in their schools during the regular school day. Lessons rotate times each week according to a prearranged schedule, so that students do not miss the same class time each week.
After several weeks of lessons, students begin to attend rehearsals, where they rehearse with a large group of peers to reinforce concepts learned during lessons. Rehearsals are held in Park Jr. High Band Room 220. Buses are available to take students to these rehearsals and return them to their schools.
Home practice is a major expectation of the program. Repetition of each assigned exercise with the goal of perfecting its performance is the key to improvement.
For more detailed information on this program, visit the PIMA pages of the District 102 Website.