FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When does band meet?
Band is a curricular class that meets primarily during the school day. Each student attends a weekly rehearsal during the Advisory period (8am-8:35am) as well as a weekly small group lesson which is on a rotating period schedule.
Q: Who will be in band?
Lots of friends from all houses and grades. Our music department is the largest organization in the school. Many of our students are the school leaders and among the most successful students at Carusi.
Q: Can I participate in athletics, chorus and other school groups?
Yes! Band does not conflict with athletics. The majority of our band students also participate in one or more athletic teams. We encourage our students to participate in athletics and other school groups.
Q: What fun things will we do in band?
The best reward is learning to play an instrument and making music! You will also experience many parties, trips, concerts, contests & performances throughout the year!
Q: Do band and orchestra meet after school?
Each band has a series of after school rehearsals from 3pm-4:20pm. Students receive a late bus passes and are assisted with getting on the correct bus. These after school rehearsals do not conflict with athletics or other groups.
Q: Does playing an instrument really make me smarter?
Playing an instrument exercises many parts of your brain that are not usually used! More and more research comes out every year showing that students who play an instrument develop faster and achieve higher test and SAT scores.
Q: Are school-owned instruments available?
Each student is expected to provide his/her own instrument however Carusi has a limited amount instruments available to students on a first come, first served basis.
Q: Can I switch instruments?
Yes but it takes a lot of work! Students new to an instrument participate in a beginner class but can not participate in band until the following year. Private teachers are recommended for this transition!