More and more research suggests that children that are exposed to fine arts do better in school and on standardized tests. In the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, our fine arts department is ranked as a top program in the nation, and recognized as a “Top 100 Community for Music Education” by the NAMM Organization.
Here are three quick tips from our fine arts experts to help your young child have a successful start in fine arts:
1. How do I get an instrument for my child?
The first step in getting an instrument is by visiting a “Try the Instrument Night” at the campus your child plans to attend. There, you and your student will be able to select an instrument with the help of a band director. These nights are usually scheduled in late April or early May. You can contact either the band department or the counseling office at the middle school to find exact dates if you do not have a flyer already. The type of instrument selected will determine the next steps, and your band director will be able to guide you through that process. Many times, it will involve communication with a music store that will usually be available on campus the very same night you select an instrument to discuss rental options. For more specific information, contact the band director at the middle school where your child will attend.
2. Private Lessons – Are they needed?
Private lessons are a great opportunity for students. Lessons allow students to advance at a much faster pace. Similar to having a pitching or batting coach, lessons are less about remediation and more about refining and building special skills. Lessons can start at any time, and are always beneficial for students! One on one instruction from a true expert is extremely valuable. Lessons in CFB cost $17.00 for half a period of instruction, or $12.00 for a “buddy lesson” with one other student. Lessons often occur during the school day with no extra travel or logistical concerns. Any interested student or parent should contact the band, orchestra or choir director on your campus for details regarding private lessons.
3. What are some low cost ways to explore art?
There are many opportunities to view art locally in the Dallas /Fort Worth Metroplex. Some of the more notable venues include The Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the SMU Meadows Museum, the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, and the Kimbell Museum. All of these venues are low cost or even free of charge. In addition to these larger venues, check with your local chamber of commerce for museums within your city. On a local level, most school districts have public art shows at various district campuses. Check with your district’s Fine Arts departments for scheduled art exhibits throughout the school year.
Do you have any questions about starting your child in fine arts? Leave them in the comment section below.