• Welcome to Music at B.A.E.C!
    Teacher: Mrs. Heidi Betschart
    "Music IS for a lifetime." 


    Thought for the week: "When are we starting band class?" is the most asked question coming from my fourth and fifth graders right now. I LOVE this level of enthusiasm for music and instrument playing! The start of every school year brings new and unique challenges for me to overcome. Patience is a virtue, however!            
    Important Announcements/Events:

    The "After-School Modern Band" program will be enrolling students in grades 4 and 5 shortly. We had some great success last school year and are looking forward to continuing the music-making throughout this school year as well!



    If your student in grades 4 or 5 is interested in playing an instrument but has NOT had a try-out, please e-mail or DOJO me! Due to our current situation and the need to sanitize an entire instrument between try-outs, Volkwein's Music in Robinson is handling the bulk of our brass and woodwind try-outs. I am only able to try-out guitar, ukulele, piano and percussion at B.A.E.C.


    For the parents...a brief summary of how our lesson program works... 


    There is minimal cost for a lesson book and supplies, depending on the instrument. Instrument rentals are handled through Volkwein’s Music in Robinson. Guitar, bass, ukulele, and piano instruments are best purchased through Guitar Center in Robinson or with my recommendations on Amazon.


    What we teach in the BAEC instrumental music program:

    Woodwind Instruments - Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone

    Brass Instruments - Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone/Euphonium

    Percussion (snare, bass, set, mallets, accessories)

    Modern Band - Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Piano, Violin

    If you're interested in venturing out to see local performances, some places have new attendance procedures and policies. I have become a fan of the virtual concert over the past year. I encourage you to take the time with your students and explore some of our awesome virtual music venues and events! Facebook Live and YouTube are still the two most common places to see performances right now.

    Please remember that ALL schedules are subject to change due to our changing situation. Thanks so much for your cooperation and patience with this. Here is a sample of my general teaching schedule.
    Monday through Friday:
    9:05 - Planning/Class coverage
    9:50 - 2nd Grade
    10:30 - 3rd Grade
    11:10 - Kindergarten
    11:55 - LUNCH
    12:30 - 5th Grade/substitute teaching
    1:10 - 4th Grade/substitute teaching
    1:50 - 1st Grade/substitute teaching
    2:30 - Instrument lessons/Class coverage/substitute teaching

    Something fun!  

    Are you interested in how music has evolved over the past 50 years?  Check out this timeline that Google has put together: Google's Timeline of Music

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    Thanks for visiting and I am glad to be working with you and your student(s) over the course of the academic year! Also, thank you for supporting your students' performing arts education at that Burgettstown Area School District!

    Should you need to contact me, please use either of the following:
    Phone: 724-947-8150 x 3241 (EC) 
Last Modified on September 12, 2023