MUSIC PROGRAMS ASSURE STUDENTS A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION
Band For Today brings a full range of music education services including band programs, piano programs, and instrument rentals directly to your school! All the school needs to provide is the time and space. This is a very easy program to start and implement which will enhance your school’s arts curriculum and provide an alternative to sports; in most cases with little to no cost to the school.
For over 27 years, Band For Today has been providing schools with instrumental music programs using professional, caring, dedicated teachers. Our certified, degreed teachers have instructed more than twenty thousand students during that time.
- Funding by fee-based to parents or by the school
- Improve reading, math and IQ scores
- Lessons, recitals and concerts
- Start any time of the year
- Keyboards supplied
Group Band Lessons
Group band lessons are taught using “Sound Innovations”. This method book comes with a DVD giving the student a visual guide to help in the early stages of development. This book also comes with a Play along CD. Using this CD to practice with will enable a student to improve aspects of their playing such as rhythm, pitch, range, and overall musicianship. Plus, it’s just fun to play along with a band at home. As students progress, music (full band arrangements) is added to further the development and to prepare for performances.
Concert band is made up of intermediate and advanced students. More emphasis is put on ensemble playing, and a wide variety of band arrangements are used to achieve a higher level of musicianship. In addition to a winter and spring concert, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year.
We offer parents the opportunity to rent band instruments from Band For Today. This is a convenient, easy way for parents to acquire an instrument for their child. Free delivery, free repairs and a rent to own policy are all included for parents.
Group Piano Lessons
Parents love to see their child take piano lessons, and our group piano program is a positive and fun approach to the first steps of learning to play the piano.
We offer a totally self contained piano course for your younger kindergarten through third grade students.
Our teachers bring keyboards to the school weekly, and this is a great compliment to the band program. Taking piano lessons gets students into music earlier learning rhythms, pitches, note reading and music theory. It also helps band recruiting if they decide to switch to band when they get older.
You may choose piano separately as a single program.
"The arts are recognized as a core subject in the Goals 2000: Educate America Act approved by both houses of Congress in 1994."- National Education Goals Panel
We pride ourselves on offering a positive, upbeat, creative environment for our students. Awards programs, certificates, prizes, etc. are all part of what we offer our students. Along with a new state of the art Method Book, our parents’ website has articles, videos and more to help students become better musicians. Parents are given progress reports twice a year and BFT E-News keeps parents up to date on everything that’s happening with the program.
Students perform at two major concerts every year. Their first concert is in December and features a variety of music selections from the student’s repertoire. This is also the first concert for the beginning band students. It is amazing to see what students accomplish in just a few short months!
Their second concert is at the end of the school year. This concert features full band arrangements as well as special features for trios, duets and soloists. Each concert provides a showcase of what students have learned in their band lessons and makes an enjoyable evening for family and friends!
Every year over 300 students participate in the Band For Today solo contest. This contest involves students playing a solo before a judge. The students are rated on pitch, rhythm, technique, and presentation. First, second, and third places receive either a gold, silver or bronze medal and perfect scores with the solo memorized receive an engraved trophy.
This is a great way for students to take a little more responsibility for their own improvement as young musicians. Band For Today structures this contest as a positive, educational experience for our students.
The Band For Today Honor Band is made up of intermediate and advanced students who are nominated by their teacher. The Honor Band is a full day of sectional rehearsals and ensemble rehearsals, culminating in an afternoon performance. Students are selected based upon attendance, attitude, ability and citizenship.
The day is committed to the highest quality of instruction and performance and a variety of music is chosen which is always exciting and challenging.
Every year we look for additional performance opportunities for our students to participate in. For the past ten years our students have performed The Star Spangled Banner at minor league baseball team games and played pep band music for minor league hockey teams. Here are some pictures of these fun, family events:
Band For Today provides group lessons to students. Your school is sharing a traveling a music teacher giving Band For Today the ability to hire full time, degreed music educators. Our teachers will come to your school weekly for half hour small group lessons. We also can provide full Beginning Bands and Advanced Bands for no additional fees.
We can accommodate schools with any number of students.
"When researchers analyzed 25,000 students over a ten-year period, they discovered that students who were involved in music scored higher on standardized tests and reading tests than students not taking music courses." - Dr. James Catterall, UCLA, 1997
Recruiting students is at the heart of a successful program. Band For Today recruiting is done in three parts:
1. Instrument Demonstration
Our demonstration is designed to give students an overview of the band program and a detailed view of the instruments available to them. Each instrument is assembled, and demonstrated to all students in a group setting. On each instrument we discuss assembly, the production of sound, size and then play the instruments. Students are informed that they will each get a chance to try two instruments of their choice. By demonstrating first, students can make a better decision on instruments picked for trying. After the demonstration, they now know what a particular instrument sounds like, how it is assembled, how big it is and what it takes to produce a sound.
2. Instrument Matching
After our demonstration, students are now given a choice of two instruments to try. Band directors work with each student to help facilitate the testing process. We are striving for a student to produce a quality sound on an instrument in hopes of students choosing an instrument that fits their physical characteristics along with our recommendation. We strive to have each child pick and instrument that feels good for them.
3. Parent Sign-Up and Registration
We make registering for parents very easy. Parents can attend a band sign up at their school, chose to register online or by calling us. Throughout the recruiting process, flyers and letters are sent home with each child giving parents information they need regarding the program.
There are different options to fund your program:
Fee-Based to Parents: This option allows your program to be totally free to your school budget for as long as you like.
Self-Funded: Schools can choose to provide any portion of funding for which they feel comfortable. These options can include the school budget, grants, PTO’s, etc.
Band For Today has the flexibility to structure the right program for your school. Please call us to explore the best ideas for your school.
Please call or e-mail to learn more and receive a complete package of materials.
We can answer any questions you may have. We look forward to serving your students and school with the best possible music programs.