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Third Grade Instrument Recruitment January 2020

The 3rd grade instrumental recruitment process has started! It is an exciting time for our 3rd graders to pick their instrument. Our elementary instrumental teachers have been very busy getting started with the 3rd Grade Recruitment! Here is some information about the process: 

Recruitment Assemblies

First, Mrs. Allen (Band) and Mrs. Capano (Orchestra) will have a recruitment assembly for all 3rd Graders in early January. We will demonstrate each instrument the students can choose from. We let the students ask questions about the instruments and the process. Each student will bring home the sign up sheets for both band and orchestra. Please return the sign up sheets with parent signature. Please remember to check the boxes for your first three choices. 

Hands On Day

Once your sign up sheet has been turned in, Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Capano will schedule a “Hands On Day” and your child will be able to come down and try out each instrument. Once your child has chosen a final instrument, the District will supply your child with an instrument and lesson book. Instruments are ready for every interested 3rd grader!

Beginner Lessons

We will start beginner instrumental lessons this spring. Lessons occur during the school day; lesson times are arranged with the classroom teachers. We will send a paper copy home and will also send an email a copy home. Beginner lessons are an exciting time for the student to learn the basics of how to make a good sound on their instrument, develop good posture and playing position, and learn note reading skills. 

Join Smith Orchestra or Smith Band

Our young musicians will be able to join our beginner music ensembles at Smith Intermediate as they make progress on their instrument. The instrumental teachers will let you know when your child is ready to play in the group and later participate in the concerts. This is typically towards the end of 3rd grade and continues into 4th grade and higher. The music department has amazing participation in all areas: band, orchestra and chorus all the way to 12th grade!

As music department chair, Ms. Rafferty says, “At this point we are proud to announce that approximately 80% of students in the elementary school are participating in some form of music ensemble. We hope to grow this number by having more and more students play an instrument or join chorus.” Please sign your child up for an instrument and join our musical family!

Please contact Mrs. Allen or Mrs. Capano  or call Smith Intermediate School 607-758-4180 if you have any questions. 

String Sign Up Sheet

Band Sign Up Sheet






Mr. Robert J. Edwards, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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