Meet the Instruments

WHAT IS IT?

Our 5th Grade “Meet the Instruments” is an opportunity for you to try out all of the instruments that are available to our 6th grade orchestra students. Since violin was the only 5th grade instrument option in 2019-2020, we want you all to have a chance to try out EVERYTHING else you might be able to play in 6th grade orchestra. This is not a sign up for orchestra, but an opportunity to try each instrument and have all of the information you need to make a decision when the time comes! Only students who attend a meet the instruments event will be considered for the additional instruments offered in 6th grade orchestra. All students who do not attend an event will automatically be placed on the instruments that still have vacancies.  Parents are encourage to attend and watch the process!

WHEN IS IT? 

We will host two “Meet the Instruments” events. All of these will be held in the Highland Park Middle School Band Hall F122. Please enter the middle school through the cafeteria doors located at the back of the school. 

Due to COVID-19, the “Meet the Instruments” events are postponed and will be held in the August/September timeframe.

Saturday, April 4th, 2020:               9:15 am – 11:45 am, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020:                4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

WHAT ARE THE OTHER INSTRUMENT OPTIONS?

In 6th grade orchestra, you may select from: violin, viola, cello, bass, or harp! There are many options and we want you to have an opportunity to try them all. Students who wish to play a specific instrument are encouraged to attend this event. Instrument selection is based on availability- first come, first serve! To read more about the instruments, CLICK HERE

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

We have hired some of the best and most experienced orchestra directors that we know who are GREAT at helping students choose an instrument that they can be very successful on! We all have instruments that we may be better suited for than others. These directors are here to guide you through trying each instrument and help determine which one(s) might be best for you!

The event is COME AND GO and will be held in the Highland Park Middle School Band Hall F122! These events provide a rare opportunity for you to play all of the different instruments. We encourage you to try them all!  This typically takes 30 – 45 minutes.

WHEN WILL I KNOW WHICH INSTRUMENT I MIGHT PLAY IN 6TH GRADE?

 You will fill out a form when you arrive and will take this form with you to each of the instruments stations. After you have tried them all, you will find Ms. Willson at a “check-out” table. We will talk briefly about all of the instruments you tried and then have you “rank” your top 3 instrument choices (including the instrument you play now). WE ARE ALMOST ALWAYS ABLE TO FIT STUDENTS ON ONE OF THEIR TOP 3 CHOICES!!!

We look forward to seeing you all there!!!