Frequently Asked Questions:

Band & Strings

F.A.Q. for Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Elementary Music Program

  1. When will my child's lesson take place? When registering on our google form, your lesson days and times will be indicated.

  2. How do I register my child? 1. Fill out the district registration form 2. Complete your payment through AB Community Ed.

  3. Do lessons take place on snow days? No, lessons do not take place on snow days.

  4. Do lessons take place on holidays? No. Lessons follow the school calendar for holidays.

  5. How can I get financial assistance? Please follow this link.

  6. How can I acquire an instrument? Many local music stores offer wonderful choices and superior service after your purchase. We’re happy to provide you with feedback about a possible purchase. Please ask your teacher before purchasing from an unknown online source.

  7. What grades participate in this program? Strings in 4, 5, 6. Band in 5, 6.

  8. Can my child participate as a 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade student if they have prior experience? Unfortunately, no. Our program is designed and scheduled to meet the emotional, learning, and schedule needs of older students regardless of experience.

  9. Who is my child’s teacher? Your teacher will contact you before the first lesson. The teachers and their contact information will also be available on the Performing Arts website, as well as the Elementary Band and Elementary Strings websites.

  10. When will my child’s instrument arrive? The instrument rental night is on September 16th at the HS cafeteria. If you rent your instrument online from one of our trusted local vendors (see below), they will deliver it directly to the school.

  11. Does the school provide instruments to everyone? No, but the school does have a limited number of used instruments that we maintain to loan to students in need. These instruments are of excellent quality and have been professionally maintained for this purpose.

  12. Do you offer piano or guitar? No. Piano and guitar are wonderful instruments, but not suited to learning in our large school groups.

  13. Where can I get an instrument? ABRSD has worked with local vendors to determine suitable places to rent and purchase instruments. We highly recommend that you visit a local music store (see below) or attend our in-person rental event on 9/16/22 to acquire an instrument. Please do not purchase an instrument from an unknown vendor online. It may be a cheaper alternative for the very beginning, but we have found most of these instruments break frequently, have little or no warranty, and cannot be fixed. Students who start on these instruments are more likely to quit after having a frustrating experience.


Local Music Stores for Rentals and Purchases

David French Music - Westborough - www.davidfrenchmusic.com
Leonards Music - Bedford -
www.leonardsmusic.com
Spencer Brook Strings - Maynard -
www.spencerbrookstrings.com