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Band instruments include flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion (aka drums)

Orchestra instruments include: violin, viola, cello and string bass



We have 4 performing groups at JFK.
Beginning Orchestra and Beginning Orchestra begins in November and meet
once a week at recess to rehearse for our concerts.

Intermediate Band and Orchestra meet weekly at recess
beginning in September to prepare for our concerts.

Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Strings are open to students in any grade
who have the level of proficiency to play the more demanding music. Jazz
Ensemble and Chamber Strings rehearse once a week before school.

Students in grade 3 study the recorder on a 7 week rotation. This helps the
student transition to playing a band or orchestra instrument by introducing
note reading, rhythmic notation, and finger dexterity.

Intermediate Concerts include: Beethoven Birthday, Winter, Spring, Flag Day

Beginning Concerts include: Winter, Spring, possibly Flag Day if ready

Jazz Ensemble & Chamber Strings: Beethoven's Birthday, Winter,
Spring, Flag Day, Senior Citizens Trip

Students who would like to perform at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo Festival in the spring must register in January and come for extra coaching sessions until the Festival in May.

Students in grades 4 & 5 can begin or continue study of any of the band and orchestra instruments. JFK provides the following instruments free of charge for the year french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, cello, string bass. Parents must provide the other instruments for their children. I have a list of music stores in the area for the parents to check out.
Kempton Kash is a point system which rewards the students for attendance, remembering their instruments and books for lessons and large group rehearsals, promptness, number of practice days, etc. Twice a year the points are totaled and the students can collect their prizes. P.S. If the student loses their KK sheet, they start over at zero.
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