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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.

Brain-Based Music Integration Awards & Recognition

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March 22, 2019
Weekly Eblast - March 22, 2019

Robotics rolls forward, winterguard wins again, a musician plays masterfully, a Ferndale fireman reads to friends, and more. Happy Friday!

Weekly Eblast - March 22, 2019

March 8, 2019
Weekly E-blast - March 8, 2019

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.

Weekly e-blast - March 9, 2019

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.