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I have never played an instrument before- can i still join one of the instrumental ensembles?
YES! We are fortunate to offer both continuing and introductory ensemble classes here at PCIS. If you have specific questions regarding availability or placement, please contact one of the directors.
Do you recieve a grade in the ensemble classes?
Yes- Grades are not based on ability, but instead are based on effort and growth. Because students perform at various levels, the grading reflects the individuals effort in class and at performances.
Do i have to be a strong musician to participate in the music program?
No- Our middle school ensembles are made up of musicians of all levels. The PCIS music directors pride ourselves on our ability to challenge advanced musicians while still being able to build the skills and techniques of our beginner musicians- and everyone in between!
Does it cost any money to be apart of the music program?
No- There is no membership or participation fee. The only costs that students are responsible for are festival audition fees, and field trip transportation fees.
are students required to attend afterschool performances?
Yes- For our continuing students, participation in performances afterschool is required. Generally, there are between 3 and 4 performances a year that take place in the afternoon or evening. If you are unable to attend a performance due to a conflict, please check the Performing Arts Handbook regarding excused absences and how missing a performance can affect your class grade.
I am a continuing musician but have been borrowing an instrument from the elementary loaner library. Can i continue to borrow this instrument?
No- The middle school has a limited loaner library that we utilize for musicians. If you do need to loan out an instrument for the school year, please contact the ensemble director for information.