Instrumental lessons are offered to the fourth grade

students and they are a voluntary activity. The instruments

may be rented directly from 

Pleasantville Music Shoppe (or Hambro's House of Music).


The instruments being offered are clarinet, alto saxophone,

trumpet and percussion kit only  (drum PAD and Xylophone).

{no single snare drum, please}



Once the instrument is rented and you have the instrument, book

and stand in your home,  please send me a note or an email and I will

add your child's name to the schedule.


Lesson times vary from week to week, but I make every attempt

to keep the DAYS the same for consistency. {It looks as if our

lessons days this year are Tuesdays and Thursday.} The children are

responsible for the work they miss during their lesson times.  This

should be discussed with your fourth grade teacher.


I will add ensembles to the schedule after the first six to eight weeks of

lessons, depending on our practice and progress.  

These small group sessions are in addition to the private



The "band" will participate in our Annual Music Department Concert

toward the end of the school year.  All students taking lessons will perform

for this program. (Usually scheduled in MAY)


This is an exciting opportunity for your child to learn an instrument in a

welcoming and comfortable environment.  There is a responsibility that

is attached and that is the care of the instrument, as well as the need for

daily practice.  Your praise and enthusiasm really assists in the practice routine and

building confidence--YOU are part of our TEAM!

The instrument should never be played outside the home or

once at school, outside the music room.


I am looking forward to many "breakthrough" moments with each child and

our goal to play together as a band, in the music room, before winter break.


Thanks very much!


Mrs. Barbera


P.S.   Please feel free to call me, anytime, at 609-822-2080 ext. 309  {New room, NEW Extension}

or email me at






We have instituted a little "friendly" competition concerning

our preparation and performance during lessons.  On the door of

the music room is a banner that reads "Shining Stars"  and a paper

announcing the FABULOUS Lesson of the Week.

For the week of October 3rd, Noah Cutler had an amazing trumpet lesson.

and for the week of October 10th, Grace Fishbein had a spectacular trumpet lesson.

For the week of October 17th, Isabella Ferreira had a collossal clarinet lesson.

and for the week of October 24th, Lauren Fox demonstrated a captivating clarinet

lesson!  November 3rd proved to be our first CO-Fabulous LESSONS of the week--Bridget

for a scintillating saxophone lesson and Eileen for her creative clarinet lesson--wow!

This week's Fabuloso Lesson belonged to Kannon Tripician--tremendous trumpet playing!

Congratulations to Noah, Gracie, Isabella, Lauren, Eileen and Bridget, and Kannon. We

welcome Hannah Gaskill to the illustrious Fabulous Lessons for her catacylsmic clarinet

preparation and lesson last week!


The New Year begins with Billy DiLorenzo's triumphant trumpet success--great!  Very happy to

include Chloe Connors in our Fabulous Lesson of the week.  She displayed persistent

percussion preparation---practically perfect lesson! Brynn Culmone joined the Fabuloso crew

with her awesome trumpet lesson on February 23rd, and Zuzanna Turska had a terrific 

trumpet lesson on February 28th!  Congratulations girls!


Let's get serious about practicing!  :-)



WOW!    I am so proud of our band members and their performance for the Spring Concert 

on May 19th!   Superb soloists and wonderful ensemble---even the "Moments of Chaos"

were enjoyable.  It was wonderful to watch you advance with your instruments and learn the

true meaning of daily practice!  My hope is you will continue your lessons at Tighe School.

Our visit and "Play-Along" with the Tighe band gave you an idea of how band works and meeting

and talking with Mrs. Roland should help you realize that she is a very knowledgeable music teacher!

Have a safe and fabulous summer!  Stop by in the fall and see your "OLD" band teacher--I'd love to

catch up with you!  Mrs. B.


Lessons are officially over and if you are not planning on continuing over the summer,

please return your instruments to Pleasantville Music Shoppe.  Try to get there before

June 1st and save a month's rental :-)