Fourth Grade Instrumental Music Program

  • Each year, students in fourth grade have an opportunity to enroll in introductory group lessons on band and string instruments at their school. Students will receive one 30-minute group lesson per week during the school day. This annual program is a fee-based, elective program for students who desire to develop the skills to perform in band and orchestra ensembles starting in fifth grade and throughout their secondary years in the Newton Public Schools and beyond.

    Lessons - 2023-24:  Lessons will start at your school between September 26 - October 6, 2023.   Schedules and other details will be provided by your child's music teacher during the month of September.

Registration-4th Grade Music

  • Annual registration opens in June and continues through the start of the lesson program in September.  Families will register using their MySchoolBucks account. Prior to the registration period, music teachers will conduct an instrument demonstration and conduct a survey with the third-grade students to gather preliminary interest in the program and on which instrument.  Parents will need to follow through in registering their students on their instrument of choice.

    Need a MySchoolBucks account? How to register using MSB.

Program Fees

  • Newton Public Schools charges an annual $200 participation fee. This fee will be paid through your MySchoolBucks account. An additional cost is incurred for renting or leasing an instrument.

    For more information about setting up a MySchoolBucks account and paying fees, visti the NPS Fee Payment and Waiver site and watch the video at the bottom.

Fee Waivers

  • Newton Public Schools ensures access to this program for all students regardless of their ability to pay the fee. Fee waivers include access to a district-owned instrument. Registration with fee waivers is available on MySchoolBucks. Applications for Financial Assistance are now processed using Aspen. Instructions for Financial Assistance Form

Instruments: Students in fourth grade have a choice of nine band and orchestra instruments

  • Band Instruments

  • String Instruments

  • Special Considerations for Select Instruments

  • Instrument Vendors, Method Books & Accessories

  • Important Considerations for Parents/Guardians

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