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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December 21, 2018
Weekly Eblast - December 21st, 2018

In the last eblast of 2018, my school district gave to me:

Over 800 Non-perishable donations,
5 award certificate honorees,
4 Individuals Wrestling Champs,
3 FMS robotics teams,
2 trips news rooms,
and a new principal at Ferndale Middle Schooooool!

Thanks for a great 2018, everyone! See you next year.

Weekly Eblast - December 21, 2018

December 7, 2018
Weekly e-blast - December 7th, 2018

Field trips, wrestling flips, a MAP test, the musical best, and more. Read the eblast!

Weekly E-blast - December 7, 2018

November 30, 2018
Weekly E-blast - November 30, 2018

This week, we are requesting your input in an equity survey. We're also honoring a student athlete, a student musician, good neighbors and 5th grade choralers. Plus more stories and events!

Weekly E-blast - November 30, 2018

November 29, 2018
5th Grade Concert a Big Success

The FUEL 5th graders put on an excellent concert this week. We also would like to extend a big thanks to Kim Schroeder and Debbie Hillebrand for their great work with our students!

Fuel 5th graders on stage.

November 26, 2018
FHS Student selected for All State Orchestra!

Congratulations to FHS student George Van Der Vennet who was selected to represent Ferndale High School in the 2019 MSBOA All State Orchestra. George was selected from over 2,000 auditionees across the state of Michigan. The MSBOA All State orchestra will perform as part of the Michigan Music Conference January 25th-27th, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

October 31, 2018
Five FHS students make honors orchestra at Oakland University

We are proud to announce five Ferndale High School orchestra students have been selected to participate in this year’s Oakland University honors orchestra weekend (November 16-18). These students were selected from over 100 applicants from over 20 different area schools.

  • Lucas Langley - Viola
  • Ava Meesseman - Viola 
  • George Van Der Vennet - Bass
  • John Pablo Rojas - Cello
  • Thomas Kelly - Violi