Award-Winning Music Programs

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

March 27, 2019
Bel Canto Choir Earns Straight 1s at MSVMA

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!

October 10, 2018
2 Students Selected to Oakland University Honors Band

Congratulations to FHS seniors Grace Rost (trumpet) and Graham Bokram (bassoon) who were selected for the Oakland University Honors Band!