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    Advanced Lessons:

    Students who have already started playing a string instrument have been placed in lessons. Lessons will begin during the second cycle. 

    Beginning Lessons:

    Students who are in their first year of learning a string instruments have been placed in lessons. Lessons will begin during the second cycle.  


    Advanced Orchestra and Beginner Orchestra will start during the third cycle. 


    To get better at any skill, it helps to practice. The more you practice, the better chance you have of doing well on your instrument. Play for everyone: your mom, dad, siblings, cats, dogs, grandparents, aunts and uncles (stuffed animals too! They are great listeners).

    Prepared and Present:

    It is important not only to practice but to bring your instrument, music/lesson book, and your agenda to class and orchestra. Your presence helps us to sound great!


    Upcoming concerts, rehearsals and day concerts:

     Winter Concerts:

     Perry Elementary Band, Orchestra and Chorus: Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 7pm at Perry Elementary School (snowdate Wednesday, December 6, 2023)

    Middle School Band, Orchestra, and Chorus: Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 7pm at Hamburg Area High School (snowdate Wednesday, December 7, 2023)

    Tilden Elementary Band, Orchestra, and Chorus: Thursday, December 14, 2023, 7pm at Tilden Elementary School

    High School Band, Orchestra, and Chorus: Tuesday, December 19, 2023, 7pm at Hamburg Area High School



    Spring Concerts:





    Keep practicing! Remember your instrument and music at each lesson and orchestra!



    Please make sure everyone checks out the Hamburg Area Music Association page for information concerning fundraisers, concerts, and meeting times. Get involved! Here is the link 

    HAMA Website 

    Reading Musical Foundation

    The Reading Musical Foundation is a Berks County supporter of the arts. There are MANY scholarships and information located on their website. Please feel free to visit the website and look around.Reading Musical Foundation


    Summer Lesson Information

    Summer lessons are given to encourage practice and continued development on the student's instrument. Information is handed out to students in the spring.


    Berks Summer String Institute:

     Check out the website for more information Great way to keep playing over the summer! The program is free to participate. The group meets over the summer on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 PM (time and day subject to change) at Governor Mifflin Intermediate school in Reading, PA. Mrs. Dowd is one of the directors at this summer event.