Future Musicians Philosophy
** Future Musicians has provided successful music education programs for private and parochial schools since 1975. We have built a tradition of excellence with a strong commitment to educational goals. Our philosophy is stated in our teacher manual as follows:
Future Musicians is an educational organization functioning within private and parochial schools. As an educational organization, it strives to instill in students those qualities essential for their personal and musical development. Along with the teaching of music, a vital goal of the program is the development of good citizenship qualities such as responsibility, self- discipline, respect, reliability and cooperation. Students will grow both musically and personally when these qualities are present.
** Our Future Musicians instructors are dedicated teachers of music. Our faculty members attend a special orientation each year before school begins and they participate in teacher meetings and workshops throughout the school year. ln addition to teaching lessons, band and holding concerts in their own schools, our teachers run special Regional and State programs.
** lnstrumental music instruction is offered to students in Grades 4-8 on the following instruments: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion. As students progress, we also offer other band instruments.
Helping Your Music Student
Parents play a major role in a music student’s success. Here are some ways to show interest and encourage in your child. (You need not know how to read music or play an instrument to be a strong motivator.)
** Meet the teacher.
** Attend school concerts and band parent meetings. . Encourage participation in our special bands.
** Encourage your child to play for you, family or friends. Praise his or her efforts and encourage repetition when needed.
** Help your child to remember to take his or her instrument, book, stand, pencil and music folder to school for lessons. Be patient; it takes a full year of instruction to properly assess a student’s interest, progress, and probability of success in instrumental music.
** The most important factors contributing to your child’s success are attending lessons, band rehearsals, and concerts and, of course, practice at home.
Here are some ways to get the most out of practice time:
** Help your child to establish a daily practice routine.
** Be sure your child uses a music stand to ensure proper playing posture.
** Help record your child’s progress on his/her practice card. Be sure to sign it each week.
** And most importantly, practice regularly. Do not try to do it all in one day.