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Registration for 2024-2025 Band & Strings is open until July 1

Email Joseph.mundy@sau57.org with any questions

Here in Salem, we pride ourselves on a robust and well-supported performing arts program.  We believe in the value of the arts and arts education and we work hard to ensure that all our students have access to this programming.  Regardless of future plans, participating in the performing arts will allow students to develop a wealth of invaluable skills that will serve them throughout their lives.  Learning to play a musical instrument in an ensemble like band or strings will help students with their perseverance, patience, self-discipline, understanding of their role within a group, collaboration, fine motor development, use of a symbolic system to generate meaning (music notation), exploration of creativity and humanity.  This is the beginning of a lifelong musical journey and we are so excited for you to join us!

 

Use the links below to get your student signed up for band or strings for the 24-25 school year.  Please note: Band/strings students must have their own instrument.  We recommend using Music & Arts (Manchester, NH- (603) 851-2026) for rentals.  See flyer link below for more info

Step 1: 24-25 Band/Strings Registration Form (required for all students participating in the program) 

Step 2: Set up your instrument rental if you don't already have an instrument of your own.  Music & Arts Website

Music & Arts Rental Info

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

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

Lily Chartrain
Band, ALL elementary schools
lily.chartrain@sau57.org

Stephen Poirier
Strings, Woodbury & SHS
stephen.poirier@sau57.org

Steve Organek
Strings, ALL elementary schools
steven.organek@sau57.org

Joe Mundy
Director of Performing Arts K-12, District Wide
joseph.mundy@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 Mr. Mundy (joseph.mundy@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. Chartrain (Band) or Mr. Organek (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. Chartrain or Mr. Organek with information on the instrument you intend to purchase to ensure that it is an appropriate choice for a beginning musician.