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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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


October 29, 2018
Marching Band Takes First Plymouth-Canton Invitational

The Golden Eagle Marching Band continued their dominate streak with another first place finish at the Plymouth-Canton Invitational! The band will compete for the state title this weekend at the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) Championships at Ford Field. The Golden Eagles are currently the top ranked Marching Band in the state. They will compete in Flight IV which is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm. Go Golden Eagles!


October 12, 2018
Weekly Eblast - October 12, 2018

We have an exciting feature story on Make-It Manufacturing this week. Plus, updates on outstanding athletes, honors musicians, and elementary coders.

Weekly Eblast - October 12, 2018

October 5, 2018
Weekly Eblast - October 5, 2018

More outstanding news from the district. Read about big wins for FHS athletes and musicians, apple appreciation, and a new Learning Garden.

Weekly Eblast - October 5, 2018

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