5th Grade Band

5th Grade Band

Senseney Music Instrument Display

Tuesday September 9, 2014

4:00-6:30 Middle School Band Room

For other music store options check out the links at the bottom of this page.

Conway Springs Schools begin Band at the 5th grade level. Students are given the opportunity to try out each instrument during the first 2 weeks of school, guided by Mrs. Ellen Kerr, and Mr. Dennis Kerr. At the end of this time the students are encouraged to choose an appropriate instrument based on their experiences during the try out time. Senseney music store will visit the Middle School Band Room, on Tuesday September 9th from 4:00 - 6:30 pm to rent new and used instruments and sell supplies.

Students are expected to purchase a Method Book: Essential Elements 2000 for their particular instrument, and any needed supplies throughout the year, including but not limited to: reeds, valve oil, slide grease, etc. These supplies can be purchased at the school band room, or ordered through Mrs. Kerr

Grades are assigned based on the following activities in class: Class Participation, Individual Playing Tests, Home Practice (100 minutes weekly), and Performances.

Performances scheduled for the 2014-15 School Year are:

Tuesday, December 9 - Elementary Music Program @ 7:00 in the HS auditorium

Saturday, February 7 - Southern Plains Honor Band @ Andover Central (Director Recommendations)

Tuesday, May 5 - 5th -12th Grade Band Concert @ 7:00 in the HS auditorium

2014 Fifth Grade Supply List 2014 Recommended Instrument Brands 2014 Beginner Parents Letter


Student tests will be taken on Smartmusic, an interactive computer program for instrumental music. To listen to your students test, you will need to use your students log in information. Comments regarding their performance are also at the sight. (This sight will be active after they have played their first test.) Because Conway Springs is a Smartmusic subscriber Smartmusic is available to all students as a home practice device for only $40 per year. (only $3.33 a month). It is a proven fact that students who practice with smartmusic do better on tests, and learn music faster than those who don't.

To learn more about how your student can have their own subscriptioon to Smartmusic click on the Smartmusic link below.