Homeschool Band Program For Experienced & Beginning Band Students Ages 9-18

MusicAlliance has offered a homeschool band program for the past 12 years and will continue to offer the program for the 2024-25 school year for students ages 9-18. The program meets on Tuesdays at Shoreline Church in Willoughby (starting in September) and includes small group lesson instruction on flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion/drums as well as group band rehearsals for a reasonable monthly fee. Beginners meet Tuesday mornings, and experienced band students meet after them in the later morning to early afternoon.

An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday September 3rd at 9:30 AM at the Shoreline Church in Willoughby (located at 3961 Kirtland Rd.). During the meeting, Debbie Blechman, who has been the instructor for the past 8 years, will demonstrate the different instruments and will discuss program details, and afterwards will meet with interested students to discuss instrument selection.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, please send an email to the address shown at the bottom of this page or call 440-205-0114. Please include in your message the following information: your name and phone number, how many children you have ages 9-18 years old that are interested in the program, and if they already play an instrument - what it is and how long they have played it. If you cannot attend the meeting but are interested in the homeschool band program, please send an email to the address shown at the bottom of this page or call 440-205-0114.

Information for Parents
PROGRAM SUMMARY: MusicAlliance offers band instrument lessons and ensemble opportunities where students study & learn to appreciate a wide variety of music, develop music reading skills and playing skills, learn about the technical aspects of their instrument and instrument maintenance, and gain experience following a conductor and performing as a group.

INSTRUMENT: If your child is going to use a used instrument, have it checked by an instrument repair person to be sure it is in top playing condition. If you need an instrument, you may rent a new instrument at the music store of your choice.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Does my child need to be able to read music to join?
A. No, the MusicAlliance instructor will teach your child how to read music, how to play the instrument and how to handle and care for the instrument.
Q. My child takes piano lessons, how will this affect learning to play another instrument?
A. The music reading skills and coordination your child has gained from studying the piano will be very helpful in learning to play another instrument. Many students study both piano and a second instrument, with half their practice time allotted to each.
Q. How much time should my child practice at home?
A. Each MusicAlliance instructor has different expectations as to home practice, so please consult your child's teacher for specifics. In general, we suggest scheduling home practice sessions either before or after other homework or as a break in the middle of other homework. Providing your child with a quiet place and a regular time to practice will help ensure success. Remember that 5 minutes of home practice is better than none at all.
Q. My child has braces or is going to get braces. Will this prohibit them from learning to play a woodwind or brass instrument?
A. Many orthodontists agree that braces will not severely limit your child's ability to play a woodwind or brass instrument. Any instrument can be played with braces.

● Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group in our society.
Concurrent. Res. 266, United States House of Representatives, June 13, 2000
● Arts involvement teaches children many skills necessary to succeed in life, including problem solving and decision making, building self-confidence and self-discipline, the ability to imagine what might be and to accept responsibility for it, teamwork, the development of informed perception, and articulating a vision.
Music for All Foundation - compiled from various research documents and reports
● The College Entrance Examination Board found that students involved in school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT's than students with no participation.
Profiles of SAT & Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by the Music Educators National Conference (2002)
● U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show "significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12."
U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database
● A research team reports that early music training dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills. These findings indicate that music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science and engineering.
From Neurological Research, Feb 28, 1997; Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D, University of California, Irvine
● A 2 year Swiss study involving 1,200 children in 50 schools showed that students involved in the music program were better at languages, learned to read more easily, showed an improved social climate, showed more enjoyment in school, & had a lower level of stress than non-music students.
Weber, E.W., Spychiger, M. & Patry, J.L. (1993)
● Music enhances the process of learning. The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning.
Konrad, R.R., Empathy, Arts and Social Studies, 2000
● Students who were exposed to music-based lessons scored a full 100% higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner.
Neurological Research, March 15, 1999
● A study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry and math.
The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994
● A study by Dr. Glenn Schellenberg, funded by the International Foundation for Music Research and discussed in Psychological Science magazine, examined the influence of music education on non-musical abilities, the effects of music lessons on academic performance and the development of information-processing and cognitive abilities. In what can be considered breakthrough research, the study has revealed that students who participated in music lessons showed statistically higher IQs (intelligence quotas).
International Foundation for Music Research, June 2004

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