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Band & Strings Programs: Home

 

Interested in Band and/or Strings this year? 

Email Lauren.peithmann@sau57.org

 

 

Need a refresher on our program? Watch our annual Rental Night Meeting below!

Registration Form and Rental Info

 

Visit the Music and Arts Website, linked below:

MUSIC AND ARTS WEBSITE

Need more info about rentals and pricing? Check out Music and Arts' Rental Flyer Below!

 


MUSIC AND ARTS RENTAL FLYER

Programs

5th Grade Band Program

Participating in a musical performing group is a great way for your child to experience the music program here in Salem.   Playing an instrument is a hands-on, cooperative activity that is designed to use and build upon musical skills and concepts, as well as make connections to core curriculum. Band students will receive in-person instruction weekly. 

NOT SURE WHAT YOU WANT TO PLAY? CLICK THE LINK BELOW! 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUMENT EXAMPLE VIDEOS


 


District Strings Program

The District Strings Program is open to all students in grades 3-12 who would like to play violin, viola, or cello. Strings instruction is offered during the school day every week in all buildings! 

NOT SURE WHAT YOU WANT TO PLAY? CLICK THE LINK BELOW! 

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUMENT EXAMPLE VIDEOS

 


Contacts

Kristen McDonough
Elementary Band, ALL schools
kristen.mcdonough@sau57.org

Stephen Poirier
Strings, Lancaster/Soule/Barron/Woodbury/SHS
stephen.poirier@sau57.org

Julie Gray
Strings, N. Salem/Fisk
julie.gray@sau57.org 

Lauren Peithmann
K-12 Director of Performing Arts
Lauren.peithmann@sau57.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child take a band instrument AND a string instrument?

    YES!  These programs meet at different times and do not conflict.

 

Can my child also participate in Chorus?

    YES!  None of our elementary musical ensembles conflict with each other.

 

Will my child miss classroom instruction? 

    Our elementary instrument lessons are called "pull out" lessons because students will be pulled out of their classrooms once a week for their 40-minute group lesson. These lessons are scheduled differently in each building, so we cannot predict what your child may miss in their classroom. You may want to reach out to the classroom teacher if you have questions about what your child will miss while in instrument instruction. 

 

What if I have financial concerns?

    You should contact Ms. McDonough (kristen.mcdonough@sau57.org) as soon as possible.  We can help!

 

I have my own instrument/can borrow one.  Can I use that?

    YES!  However, it is a good idea to take a picture or send the instrument info to Ms. McDonough (Band), Mr. Poirier (Strings), or Mrs. Gray (Strings) FIRST to make sure that your instrument is the best option for a beginner musician.

 

Can we purchase our own instrument instead of renting?

    YES!  You should contact Ms. McDonough, Mr. Poirier, or Mrs. Gray with information on the instrument you intend to purchase to ensure that it is an appropriate choice for a beginning musician.