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.
Winterguard heads to SVSU for competition, Eagles of the Year are honored, a student athlete signs to Albion, and guest readers wrap-up reading month. Plus news on robotics, bel canto choir, high school engineers, and SECOND GRADE DOCTORS?
The FHS Bel Canto Choir attended the MSVMA Choir Festival at Walled Lake Central High School last week and received all 1s (excellent rating). Way to go!
Robotics rolls forward, winterguard wins again, a musician plays masterfully, a Ferndale fireman reads to friends, and more. Happy Friday!
The Ferndale Middle 7th and 8th Grade Band had an outstanding performance at the MSBOA District 4 Band and Orchestra Festival. Not only did they receive First Division ratings from all four judges, but they also received straight A's from all of the judges in all five of the categories they were evaluated on!
Eleven Ferndale Middle School students also represented the music department at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Middle School Honor Days Concerts at Orchestra Hall. The students spent the day rehearsing with DSO musicians and coaches and then put on a fabulous evening concert on stage at historic Orchestra Hall. Representing the orchestras were:
- Ryan Chapman (violin)
- Peter Deegan-Krause (bass)
- Lena Hooper (cello)
- Sophia Rewald (cello)
- Lucy Reinke (viola)
- Kieran Venugopal
Representing the bands were:
- Wonare Burde (oboe)
- Arden Jungmann (flute)
- Isadora Purrier (bassoon)
- Abby Schuster (clarinet)
- Najah Williams (alto sax)
Champions abound in this eblast: from academics at FMS and basketball players at FHS to Winterguardians and a wrestler with plenty of musicians and ecologists in between. Students get hands-on experience in the trades, tutoring opportunities, and an invitation to meet a family of the strangest sort.
Congratulations to our FMS & FHS Orchestras for their festival performances!
The 7th & 8th grade received an overall score of 2 (with a 1 in sight reading) and the high school received all 1s (the scale is 1-5 with 1 being the highest).
Head over to our Facebook page for a video of the FHS performance!