Lessons and Band (What we Offer)

We pride ourselves in focusing on the fundamentals of music instruction. With these vital building blocks, our students flourish in and out of the classroom.

Lessons and Band with Fundamental Music includes a minimum of 30 sessions during the school year. Holidays, snow days and teacher illness are built in to the normal schedule. (In 30 years of teaching experience there has never been a year where this goal has not been reached; in fact, it is most often surpassed).

Jane M.

4th Grade Parent at Reverend Brown School

This program is fantastic! My children enjoy everything about learning their instruments. The teachers make it fun for the students and we’re overjoyed by how well they’re doing in school.

Here is What Our Program Offers

Group Lessons

30 minute small group lessons will be given once a week. Many schools offer these sessions during regular school hours while others offer classes after school. All students have the option to take classes Online for added scheduling flexibility and, in addition, families may choose to take Individual (Private) lessons Online. These can be scheduled as a supplement to small group classes or as the your ongoing program choice. Visit: Frequently asked Questions

How We Group Our Students (At School)

Beginners are grouped by like instruments. Intermediate and Advanced students may be grouped in ensembles of different instruments based on their ability.

1st and 2nd graders may take our Genesis Program which is designed for young players. Instruments offered are ; Piano, Guitar, Ukulele and Violin. (Each school varies in the class choices for grades 1 + 2 so Please see your schools enrollment page for more information)

Older students from Grades 3 and up may take Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums or Bass Guitar.

Before/After School Band Rehearsals

When qualified, students will also receive a band rehearsal either before or after school.

Honor Band

Each year, students are chosen from our program schools to participate in our “Award Winning Honor Band”. This special ensemble has won 27 Superior and Outstanding level awards at Adjudicated Music Festivals. In addition, it has performed in exciting venues such as; Washington DC, NYC, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Williamsburg Va. and Disney World.

 

Honor Band at Dorney Park
Honor Band at Washington DC
Honor Band
FMI HONOR BAND at Dorney park and Washington DC
Scheduling for At School Lessons

Each school varies in their choice of scheduling formats. While the national Gold Standard for instrumental music is a lesson schedule during the school day, FMI recognizes the pressures placed on schools, teachers, students and parents. Often the more comfortable format is a Hybrid of Daytime lesson options and after school options.

Schools that follow the national standard and hold Music lessons during the school day use a “Rotating Lesson Schedule” to ensure no single time slot is repeated more than once every 8-10 weeks. This way, there is minimal impact on class schedules. Each school schedules Band rehearsals as needed.

Scheduling for After School Lessons

FMI sends additional teachers to schools that use an after school schedule. This ensures students receive the same quality of education after school as they receive in our daytime program. National standard for lessons and band is daytime classes scheduling but sometimes this is not possible so we design the best schedule possible to meet the needs of each school.

Scheduling for Online Lessons

Should you choose classes after school, there will be other activities that conflict. Perhaps this is not the case all year but varying schedules for sports, drama and a variety of other events call for a flexible schedule when it comes to music classes. For this reason, FMI offers the opportunity to take lessons Online. These classes can be scheduled any day and at most times. There are several faculty members standing by to teach your child so we can come very close to your first choice of day and time.

Please consult our list of schools to know if you can take classes 1. During the school Day 2. Hybrid Daytime and After school or 3. After School Only

We will work very hard to accommodate your particular scheduling needs!

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