All students joining band at Wauconda Middle School need the following supplies:
The instrument chosen on Sign-up night, in good working condition.
1 box of #2 Vandoren Juno Reeds (if starting clarinet only - this will come with your Q&F supply package)
Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for their chosen instrument, published by Kjos.
A folding music stand for at home practice.
It is suggested that students also own a tuner & metronome. There are several FREE apps on the Apple or Android Stores or students can use a standalone device. Apps recommended (but not required) by teachers in D118 are:
Tonal Energy - tuner, metronome, recorder and tone generator
Sound Corset - Tuner, metronome
Tempo - metronome only
Pitch - tuner only
Tunable - tuner only
ReadRhythm - rhythm reading practice tool
Theory - self-guided music lessons
Tenuto - self-guided music quizzes/games/reinforcers
I will be participating in the Rent-to-Own Program:
Most of our students' families use Quinlan & Fabish Music Company and their Rent-to-Own program to supply an instrument. The repair and replacement program will grant you peace of mind and you can be sure your child will have a quality instrument that will last them through all of middle school, and perhaps high school as well.
Quinlan and Fabish can be reached at www.qandf.com or 847-253-5592. They can set you up with everything you need for beginning band class.
I want to own my instrument now:
If you choose to buy an instrument outright, it is important that you purchase an instrument from a trusted source or retailer that specializes in musical instruments. A list of instrument brands that we have found our students to be successful with is available here. It is important to remember that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
If you have any questions about an instrument purchase, please contact your band director. A quality instrument may last a lifetime, while something that looks like a great deal may not last a month.
Reputable music stores often have quality used consignment stock. We have also had families find success with Reverb.com and Dillonmusic.com
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