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Preguntas frecuentes

Q.  How does Making Music Matters work?

A.  Small group, instrumental music lessons are taught in the school during the school day.  Instruments offered are clarinet, flute, trumpet, and violin.  3rd graders play all four instruments throughout the school year.  4th and 5th graders choose one instrument to play.  Returning 5th graders will play the same instrument they played in 4th grade, as they are in a lesson with others who have already played that instrument.  6th graders in our pilot program play in an ensemble experience.  Lessons are free.  Making Music Matters handles logistics of instrument rental and maintenance, and families pay what they can to rent them through Making Music Matters. 

Q.  Is enrollment required?  If so, how do I enroll my eligible child in Making Music Matters?  And is there a cost?

A.  ENROLLMENT IS REQUIRED.  If Making Music Matters does not receive enrollment for a student, there will not be a record of the student and an instrument will not be issued.  To enroll your eligible child in Making Music Matters, go to the Enroll section of this website and select the form for the school your child attends.  You will need to complete two parts.  The first part is where you will provide information about your child and contact details.  The second part is where you will pay for your child's instrument rental.  The suggested rental amount is $50 for the school year, as that is what it costs Making Music Matters to rent and maintain your child's instrument(s) throughout the school year.  There are other payment amount options if the $50 is a financial burden or if you would like to help another student. The rest of Making Music Matters is no cost to participants. 

Q.  Who is eligible to participate in Making Music Matters?

A.  Our school partners are in the Boston Public Schools.  Eligible students are 3rd-6th grade students at the Kilmer School and Mozart School, and 3rd-5th grade students at the Ohrenberger School and Philbrick School.     

Q.  I'd like to enroll my child in Making Music Matters, but I'm not comfortable paying for the instrument rental online.  Is there another way I can pay?

A.  We do not recommend sending cash to school with a student, as it can become lost or stolen.  If you would like to pay with cash after you complete the first part of the enrollment online, please put it in a sealed envelope that is clearly marked with MAKING MUSIC MATTERS, and the child's name, grade, and classroom teacher's name, and hand deliver it to the school office. 

Q.  When will Making Music Matters lessons start for the 2023-2024 school year?

A.  Lessons at all of our schools began the first week of October 2023. 

Q.  Do Making Music Matters students have performances?  If so, when?

A.  Yes!  Our 3rd grade students have in-school performances at the end of each of the four instrument rotations.  The performances take place during the school day.  Our 4th and 5th grade students have two in-school performances during the school day, and one all-school evening performance in March that takes place at a venue other than our schools.  We are planning special performances for our 6th grade ensemble pilot students this year. 

P. ¿Qué sucede si un estudiante pierde un instrumento de Making Music Matters?

R. Si un estudiante pierde su instrumento, debe informarlo de inmediato a su instructor, a la oficina de la escuela o al personal de Making Music Matters.

Q.  ¿Qué sucede si hay un problema con un instrumento de Making Music Matters?

A.  Si un instrumento se rompe, el estudiante debe llevárselo a su instructor el día de la lección.  No debe intentarlo un estudiante, amigo o familia. miembro para arreglar un instrumento que no funciona correctamente.

Q.  ¿Cómo deben los estudiantes de Making Music Matters practicar sus instrumentos cuando no están en clase?

A.  Se alienta a los estudiantes que llevan sus instrumentos a casa a practicar en casa durante toda la semana.  Deben tocar algo que disfruten cada vez que practican._cc781905-5cde -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Making Music Matters tiene una extensavideoteca en líneade lecciones grabadas por nuestros instructores disponibles para ver sin costo.  Algunos de los videos ni siquiera requieren un instrumento.      _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b_538dba

Q.  What happens if my child is enrolled in Making Music Matters and leaves the school or program?

A.  When a child leaves Making Music Matters, their instrument must be returned.  They can give it to their classroom teacher to return to Making Music Matters.  ANY INSTRUMENT RENTAL FEES PAID ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Q.  ¿Cómo puedo llevar Making Music Matters a mi escuela?

A.  Making Music Matters sirve a los estudiantes de las Escuelas Públicas de Boston.  Si está interesado en que su escuela de BPS se convierta en socio de Making Music Matters, por favorContáctenos.

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