It is the intention of the Newton Public Schools that no student is denied participation in school-sponsored activities and bus transportation due to inability to pay.
Waivers are based on income and family size as well as special circumstances or temporary hardships.
Online Registration for 2019-2020 now open
Payments can be made using your checking account, Discover Card, or Mastercard only.
Lessons begin between September 24 - October 5, 2018 depending on school
Music is perhaps the most diverse discipline among the arts (dance,music, theatre, and visual art). The study of a musical instrument is an endeavor that requires and individual student's curiosity and desire to perform. The guidance of a skilled teacher and the constant support of parents or guardians are also a must. The Newton Public Schools takes pride in the fact that all of our elementary students are provided the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. It is gratifying that so many of our students develop proficiency on their musical instrument and remain in their band and/or orchestra programs through graduation from high school and beyond.
Parents, please read this information thoroughly. There are several factors to consider when enrolling your son or daughter in this wonderful program and there are certain responsibilities that every parent or guardian must assume to insure your child has a successful experience in the Fourth Grade Instrumental Music Lesson Program.
Students receive one 30-minute group lesson per week. Groups are comprised of like or similar instruments. Lessons take place during the school day, however, in some situations lessons may take place during a recess time. All lessons are scheduled in consultation between the lesson teacher, principal, and classroom teacher.
Students and their parents must realize that regular daily practice is essential. Beginning students should make the effort to practice 15 - 30 minutes each day. These times can be split in various ways, but the only way to succeed in learning to play an instrument is to practice every day.
All fourth grade musicians will perform a formal concert at the end of the school year. In some schools, there may be additional opportunities for informal performances or showcase activities at the discretion of the lesson teacher.
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