During elementary school, student musicians play two days per week. In middle school, student musicians play four to five days per week. At Stanley, we also offer the opportunity to try other instruments. Students may want to change from the instrument that they played in elementary school. If, after an experimentation period, you decide to return to your former instrument, that decision will be supported. We have found that many students find a new voice with their new instrument. There are many advantages to playing the new instruments offered. Often, due to the importance of the role that their instrument plays, students have experienced a rise in self-esteem.
Instruments played in all bands include piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, and a variety of percussion instruments. Percussionists are expected to learn how to read music, including both the treble and bass clefs, and learn how to play all percussion instruments including orchestra bells and timpani (kettle drums). String Orchestra and Intermezzo Strings instruments include violin, viola, cello, and string bass.
During the first few weeks of school, each student will receive a numbered storage compartment to use during the school year. Personal instruments may be stored during the day and picked up at the end of the school day until 3:00 p.m., at which time, entrance to the music room will be restricted.
Please be aware that although theft or damage is extremely rare, neither the Lafayette School District, Stanley Middle School, faculty or staff accepts any responsibility for personal instruments or belongings. You may want to check your homeowners’ insurance policy for such coverage. We encourage all students to use common sense.
School Instrument Usage
Instruments are available for students to use at school and/or at home. If an instrument is damaged while being used by a student, please DO NOT attempt to have the instrument repaired yourself. Inform your music teacher immediately.
Rent or Buy?
Of course, it is more cost effective to purchase an instrument, but if that’s not feasible, call a reputable music dealer. Many music shops also offer a rent-to-own program. We recommend starting locally, at Lamorinda Music in Lafayette.