OLM Instrumental Music Program


OLM’s band program has something to offer to each student. Students are invited to participate in the instrumental music program, beginning in the 4th grade. Children advance from beginning band, to junior and senior band, each having the opportunity to audition for the jazz band. In the spring, the middle school members participate in the “Music in the Park” competition at Six Flags in Massachusetts. The band consistently receives high marks. Last year, one of our young musicians received the “Best Jazz Soloist” award, competing against hundreds of other students for this honor. Many former OLM band members advance into their chosen high school’s band.

This is a full-year program. The registration fee covers weekly lessons from September through May, as well as the cost of the method book. Email jrametta@olmband.com with questions.

Top Reasons to Play in a Band:

HIGHER TEST SCORES – The latest SAT tests reveal that music students continue to outperform their non-arts peers, scoring 61 points higher on the verbal portion and 42 points higher on the math portion of the exam.

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT – The part of the brain used for planning, foresight and coordination is larger for musicians.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS – Admissions officers cite participation in instrumental music as an important factor in making admissions decisions, demonstrating time management, creativity, expression, and open-mindedness.

LIFESTYLE CHOICES – Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs among any group in our society.

HELPS ACHIEVE POTENTIAL – Researchers studied 150 1st graders lagging behind in academics. After 7 months of music and visual arts training, the students caught up in reading and surpassed their classmates in math by 22%.

CAREER SUCCESS – A majority of the engineers and technical designers in Silicon Valley are also practicing musicians.