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.

Brain-Based Music Integration Awards & Recognition

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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

November 17, 2017
15 Music Students Earn Prestigious Honors

More great news from the FHS Music Department!

Ten Band Students Honored

This week we have received that 10 of our FHS band students have been selected for membership in one of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District 4 HS Honors Bands.

  • Graham Bokram - bassoon, Wind Symphony (top group)
  • Joe Burke - clarinet, Wind Symphony
  • Morgan Mundt - clarinet, Wind Symphony
  • Zelda Lambrix - clarinet, Concert Band (second group)
  • Bridget Tweedle - clarinet, Concert Band
  • Grace Rost - trumpet, Concert Band
  • Nick Stoll - French horn, Wind Symphony
  • Maddie Krycian - French horn, Concert Band
  • Mira Santella - French horn, Concert Band
  • Amani Khalasawi - euphonium, Concert Band

These students were selected from amongst over 300 students nominated for the bands from 25 different high schools. The guest conductor of the Wind Symphony is Dr. Scott Boerma, Director of Bands at Western Michigan University, and that the guest conductor of the Concert Band is Michael Kaufman, retired from Grand Ledge HS. The concert will take place at 6 pm on Saturday, January 13 at Clarkston HS, and is free and open to the public.

Five Orchestra Students Honored

This past weekend Ferndale Schools had five orchestra students participate in the Oakland University Honors Orchestra Weekend! The students were nominated and selected to participate with other area student musicians for a weekend of rehearsals and a concert on the campus of Oakland University working with university faculty and students.

  • Margaret Dominic
  • Maisie Parmenter
  • Nina Tulashie
  • Jacob Keener
  • George Van Der Vennet

Congratulations to these students for representing Ferndale’s music program with distinction at this event.

November 17, 2017
Weekly Eblast November 17, 2017

This week, we feature a Thanksgiving greeting and stories about a Kind, Fearless 5th grader, letters to the troops, fleece blankets from students, and blessings in a backpack. Plus so much more!

Weekly Eblast - November 17, 2017