• What: Dr. van Oostrom is excited to offer this opportunity for students interested in playing a band or orchestra instrument to learn in a fun and relaxed environment.

    Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the class:

    Where is the class offered?
    Mr. and Mrs. Dr. V offered the class at Sierra and Estrella elementary schools during the Spring of 2012. The class will return to Estrella and Sierra in the 2012-13 school year.
    When will the class be offered?
    Spring of 2013. Flyers will be going home in early January. The class will begin in early February and run for 10 to 12 weeks, meeting once a week after school from 2:40-3:40.

    Who can sign up?
    The class is open to all 4th and 5th graders. No experience necessary. Of course, experienced players are welcome; I will make sure to keep you busy and engaged!

    How do I sign up?
    Once the class has been announced (watch for fliers and emails), you can sign up through Kyrene eServices. Click the Programs tab at the top left, choose "After School Enrichment" in the menu on the left and scroll down to "Beginning Band and Orchestra".

    Do I need an instrument?
    Yes, you will need to bring an instrument to every class. See below for more information.

    What instruments can I choose from?
    Any instrument from the wind, brass, or string section of the orchestra. Students interested in percussion will need a bell kit and practice pad or snare drum.
    Common instrument choices for beginning students are:
    woodwind: flute, clarinet or alto saxophone
    brass: trumpet or trombone
    strings: violin or ‘cello
    percussion: bell kit and practice pad or snare drum

    Can I play any other instruments?
    Yes. The instruments listed above are popular and readily available for rent or purchase, but any of the following standard orchestral instruments may also be chosen: oboe and bassoon from the woodwind family; French horn and tuba from the brass family; viola, and double bass from the string family.

    Can I play guitar, drum set or recorder?
    No. Only standard orchestral instruments allowed. Sorry.

    Instrument Rental Information
    Students will need to bring an instrument to every class. If you are using an instrument that has been in your uncle's attic for the last twenty years, let me take a look at it before the first class, in case repairs are necessary.
    The following quality instruments are available for rent from Music Maker Workshops: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, 'cello and bell kit/practice pad. Most instruments rent for under $25 per month, which includes tax and an excellent insurance policy. Contact Music Maker Workshops for rental information:

    Music Maker Workshops
    3233 E Chandler Blvd, Suite #2 , Phoenix, AZ
    (SEC 32nd and Chandler Blvd, next to Barro's Pizza)