Open to grades 5 – 8, students attend weekly twenty minute private or 30 minute semi-private Woodwind, Brass & Percussion lessons given during the school day at the Common School on a time-rotation basis to accommodate the student’s schedule. Students are required to bring their instruments and music to lessons and are responsible for daily practicing and arriving at their lessons prepared and on time.
The Fairfield Center School offers an excellent opportunity for students to study the following instruments:
Instrumental music students in grades 6 – 8 become members of The Fairfield Center School Concert Band, which rehearses at the Common School twice a week. The Concert Band performs several times during the school year at our Holiday & Spring Concerts, Report Nights and special events, which occur throughout the school year, and in the spring becomes the award-winning Fairfield School Marching Band appearing in the Vermont Maple Festival Parade.
The Fairfield Center School Instrumental Music program creates an environment that encourages students to perform in various Solo & Chamber Music settings. Depending upon student availability and expertise, Instrumental Soloists, Duos, Trios, Quartets, Quintets, Sextets or Choirs of Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass and/or Percussion groups are rehearsed to study and play diverse and challenging musical works. Students concertize during the school year and often compete in the Enosburg Opera House and /or the Vermont Maple Festival Youth Talent Show, usually coming home with trophies!
Accomplished middle school students are selected to participate in the Vermont Music Educators Association two-day Northwest District Music Festival in April presenting a concert with over two hundred of their musical peers from Franklin and Chittenden counties.
Fairfield Band members combine with instrumental music students from St. Albans City and Town Schools, B.F.A. St. Albans and neighboring schools to create the Greater St. Albans Middle School Band which tours and performs bi-annually: New York City: Liberty Park, 2016, 2012, 2008; Grant’s Tomb, 2004; USS Intrepid, 1999; Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Museum, 2014, 2010, 2006, 2001, 1997.
Additional resources on this website pertaining to instrumental music can be found here.