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Please see the following list of frequently asked questions for more information. If you have any questions that are not answered below, please contact:
A: The Mandarins Music Academy is an elementary school band program that focuses on “giving the gift of music” to your child. It is a program that is provided by the Sacramento Mandarins.
A: Numerous studies have shown that students benefit greatly from music education early in their lives. They achieve higher test scores, have better attendance, have a social grouping in school, some have even said that music helps to shape the young brain (reference: Einstein). Not only does music enrich the students’ lives, it provides great social and academic benefits. Ultimately, though, our goal is that this will be the beginning of a lifetime of musical enjoyment for your child.
A: The curriculum is what we call the “2 of 8 Program”. This means that the elementary school program is intended to be the first two years of what can possibly be eight years of their musical education, continuing through middle school and high school. We are in contact with the middle school band director and the high school band director to ensure that what is being taught at the elementary school level will allow them to excel at subsequent levels. To do that we use a music methods book called “Accent on Achievement”. This is also the book that is used to teach music educators at Sacramento State University’s School of Music. So as you can see the Music Academy is by design, well integrated with the entire community of music throughout the region.
A: The Mandarins Music Academy is taught by a qualified Music Educator. All Mandarins Music Directors either have a degree in music education or are working toward one. They have cross training in wind and percussion instruments. The Music Directors are directly supervised by our Mandarins Music Advisor, Jim Mazzaferro, who has 37 years of classroom experience as a Music Director.
A: The Sacramento Mandarins is a local non-profit organization devoted to “Celebrating Youth and Transforming Lives” through performing arts. The Mandarins were founded 53 years ago and has positively affected the lives of thousands of youth. Today, graduates of the Mandarins are teaching in over 50 schools throughout the region.
A: The Music Academy is held after school two days per week, either Monday/ Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. In no way does the Music Academy interfere with the normal school day.
A: The class sessions will be held on site at the Elementary School in the Multi-Purpose room, cafeteria, library or other classroom space.
A: Grades 4th, 5th, and 6th are allowed to participate.
A: YES! The Music Academy is for beginning student musicians. We encourage all students to join!
A: The band program will include trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets, alto saxophones and percussion kits.
A: Don’t worry about that. Come to the first session and our Music Director will help your child pick out an instrument.
A: We have tried to keep the cost as low as possible. For the full half year, the tuition is $150.
A: Please register and pay on-line here.
A: In order to provide a great learning atmosphere, the band must have at least 15 students. The maximum number of students will be 25.
A: The best way to get an instrument is to borrow one from a friend or family member or to rent one from a music store. We recommend Tim’s Music or Klein Music in Sacramento.
A: No, an instrument is not required during the first week of class. Performing on instruments will begin in the second week.
A: Yes, as long as your family is still in town it is highly recommended that your child continue to attend the Music Academy sessions. Great musical learning comes through repetitive practice. Especially at this young age, taking a break from their instrument could cause your child to fall back in their progress.
A: No, since this is an after school program, attendance is not monitored by the school. Our Music Director will be taking attendance at every rehearsal session to keep track of your child’s attendance and progress.
A: Yes, there will be a concert that will be held at the end of the year during one of the evenings. We will make an announcement at a later date. All parents, siblings and family and friends are welcome to attend.
A: Absolutely. Parents are always welcome to stop by and observe our rehearsal sessions.
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