James Larsen » Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music


All Band members should be practicing their new music for upcoming concerts on a daily basis. For the good of the entire group, it is imperative that all band members attend their individual lessons and after school band rehearsals each week, as well as practicing at home.

ALL BAND MEMBERS NEED TO RETURN A SIGNED BAND CONTRACT IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BAND! Please include your email address in order to receive all band notices!


All Band members are required to wear their band concert attire for all the band performances.

Concert attire:

Ladies - Solid white shirt, solid black pants or skirt

Gentlemen - Solid white shirt with black tie, solid black pants

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Due to the amount of funds needed to attend a Broadway show with the entire band and to purchase jackets for band members who do not already have one, fund raising money is used for EITHER a trip OR jackets on alternate years.
The Memorial School Band will be raising money to purchase uniforms for the Memorial Day Parade, to purchase band jackets and/or attend a Broadway show. We will be selling Gertrude Hawk Candy in October & February. A notice with more information will be included with the order sheets. 


This year in instrumental music, all of the third grade students will be learning how to read music notation on the staff. Each of the students will have the opportunity to practice reading and performing music on their new recorders.


Here is a link to the 3rd grade students Music Classroom! 




If your child is interested in learning how to play an instrument come and join the Memorial School Beginner Band! Joining Beginner Band is the perfect way to give a student who has an interest in music a chance to explore their musical creativity. Please contact Mr. Larsen for further information about Beginner Band.

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1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.

2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.

3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.

4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.

5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.

6. Students stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep students interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.

7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.

8. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.

9. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.

10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.

11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.

12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.

13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids relax.

14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Students who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.

15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.

16. Development in creative thinking: Students who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.

17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.

18. Students can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.

19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches students how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.

20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Musical education is also likely to develop better communication for students.

Source: NAFME (National Association For Music Educators)