Beginning Band Instrument Prerequisites

  • Why are there prerequisites for some instruments in Beginning Band?

    Our philosophy is to ensure a child’s experience in band lasts beyond 6th grade by setting them up for success. The instruments that have prerequisites come with unique challenges for students to get started, feel successful, and want to continue past 6th grade.

    In band, the success of the individual relies on the success of the group and vice versa. Band is an academic team and these prerequisites are designed to ensure the success of both the individual and the team.

    LPSD's instrument prerequisites were developed through decades of deep conversations and observations of other districts' programs. Our prerequisites are not uncommon across the country, and are considered best practice. They are revisited every year to ensure that they are in the best interest of our students. The goal of beginning band is to ensure every child experiences success - these prerequisites set student musicians up for this success.