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     Choosing an Instrument
    Students may choose from the following instruments:
     
    Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass
    Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone
    Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba
    Percussion (Snare Drum or Concert Bells) 
     
    CREATING THE BEST MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
    The goal of the Elizabethtown Music Department is to provide for students the most fulfilling musical experience possible. To reach that goal, we are committed to the philosophy that our Instrumental Program, including both band and orchestra, should establish and maintain well-balanced instrumentation. By pursuing this goal, the instrumental groups will have a more characteristic quality of sound, and the students will individually have a more meaningful playing experience.
    An essential element in achieving the best sound from an orchestra or band is an effective balance in the instrumentation. All instruments play an important part, however, too much of one thing and not enough of another does not provide the best quality of music. Imagine how pleasing a properly balanced group will sound!
    In order to develop the concept of balanced instrumentation, we are encouraging students to consider playing one of the less frequently chosen instruments. Some of these instruments include:
     
    Viola, Cello, String Bass, Oboe, Clarinet,
    Trombone, French Horn, Baritone and Tuba
     
    By choosing one of these instruments, your child may have more playing opportunities available to him/ her as they progress in their musical education. They will also be making an important musical contribution to a better-balanced group.
    As a parent, please take the opportunity to discuss with your child the many different instruments from which they may choose. Your student may already have more than one instrument in mind. Talk with them and guide them in thinking through the many reasons for choosing a particular instrument. Remind them that this can be a joyful lifelong pursuit.
    To help in this important decision-making process the music teachers will be available to parents and students. All of us have the students' best interests in mind. Every effort will be made to match each student with an instrument with which they may find success.