Welcome to District 41 5th Grade Beginning Band!
I would like to welcome you and your child to one of the most exciting and rewarding educational opportunities our school district has to offer - BAND! Being involved in the band program is exciting for children and parents alike. Being involved with band and music offers your child rewards that will last for a lifetime.
There are many educational reasons why being involved in music is beneficial to your child, and you may have read about them in the news: higher SAT scores in high school and college, academic excellence, higher level brain functions, etc.
But to be honest, children choose band for different reasons than higher SAT scores in high school and those reasons are completely valid, too.
Children want to be involved in different activities and feel that they belong. Being in band is one way for children to be involved in a non-competitive school activity. Children want to be with their peers and be part of a team. Being in band is like being on a team where everyone works together, but with a major difference: in band no one ever sits on the bench, we all play! Music gives children an outlet for creativity and expression, and develops self confidence. It teaches responsibility and discipline at a young age. And - it's just FUN! These are just a few reasons why band is so special.
As a music educator, and someone who has been involved with music since I was a child, I want to share the wonderful experiences that I have had for my entire life. I am passionate in believing that being a musician and playing music is one of the most unique and wonderful experiences a child can have. I hope you feel the same, and want the same experience for your child.
Welcome to the Beginning Band program. Let the Music Begin!
All the best,
Mrs. Elle Pressly
5th Grade Beginning Band Director
Glen Ellyn District 41