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Music Education

Intro to Instrumentation

Band and Orchestra starts in 5th grade at Ferndale Upper Elementary, and meets daily for 40 minutes. While optional, in most years 70-80% of students elect to play a band and orchestra instrument. We are able to break the classes down into like instruments, and the daily instruction allows students to build very solid fundamentals from the very first year. This is crucial to the long-term success of both the students and the program of which they are a part, as it is very easy to build bad habits without that regular instruction, and simultaneously very easy to build strong habits WITH that regular daily instruction.

Ideally, students learn all the fundamental skills they will ever need as a musician that very first year, and then spend the rest of their time just refining and expanding those skills and knowledge, much like an early and solid start at reading gets students ahead and keeps them ahead! We are seeing significant growth in quality and number of students in the program thanks to this approach and the recent full integration of the Ferndale school community at FUEL.

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October 12, 2018
Weekly Eblast - October 12, 2018

We have an exciting feature story on Make-It Manufacturing this week. Plus, updates on outstanding athletes, honors musicians, and elementary coders.

Weekly Eblast - October 12, 2018

October 5, 2018
Weekly Eblast - October 5, 2018

More outstanding news from the district. Read about big wins for FHS athletes and musicians, apple appreciation, and a new Learning Garden.

Weekly Eblast - October 5, 2018

April 13, 2018
Weekly E-blast - April 13, 2018

TEN great stories this week from Ferndale Schools in which: Winterguard and two student choirs reigned supreme; 5th graders celebrated African culture and cuisine, Drum circles, and community; and so, so much more.

Weekly E-blast - April 13, 2018

March 23, 2018
Weekly E-blast - March 23, 2018

Our weekly newsletter features a Dinner and Dialogue recap, as well as mentorship, mathletes, musicians, & more robotics awards.

Weekly E-blast - March 23, 2018

March 9, 2018
Weekly Eblast - March 9, 2018

Student Activism, a spelling bee, a scavenger hunt,  a Detroit Music Awards nomination, and oh so many readers. Check out this week's eblast!

Weekly Eblast - March 9, 2018

February 16, 2018
Weekly E-blast - February 16, 2018

Snow Day Challenge Complete! See the photos and more including potato olympics, squash champions and other things not vegetable related in the eblast.

Weekly E-blast - February 16, 2018