Elementary Instrumental Music
  • Dedham has a long and storied history of band excellence and we are excited to be able to welcome our students to join in that tradition early in their school career.  

    The Dedham Public Schools offer all of our 4th and 5th graders the chance to learn to play an instrument during the school day.  

About The Program

  • Students will have one lesson a week - during school - taught by Dedham's elementary music teachers.   Lessons begin in late September and run through the end of the school year.    Students will need to sign up to participate in the program each Fall.  Students in 5th grade may register - even if they did not choose to participate in 4th grade.  Want to learn something new? Students can decide to switch instruments and try something new in 5th grade.     


    Lessons are offered in Flute, Trumpet, Trumbone, and Clarinet and Percussion* (*5th grade only).  


    Instruments are not provided and will need to be purchased or rented.  Loaner instruments may be available directly from DPS for students in need.  

    If you have any questions about the Elementary Instrumental Music program, please contact Sara Santos, Band Instrument Coordinator,  at ssantos@dedham.k12.ma.us 

  • Fall 2022 Sign Up Now Open!


    DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  Friday, September 23, 2022

  • Own Your Instrument Already?

     If you already have the instrument you'd like to play, please make sure that it has been checked and approved by a professional or by your music teacher before your first lesson.

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  • Rent to Own Program

    Needham Music allows students to rent instruments for approximately $25/month for 2-3 years. You can stop at any point. More information on this program can be found here.

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  • Want to Play but Need Financial Assistance

    We understand the hardship instrument costs could have on some families, so Dedham Public Schools offers need-based instrument rentals for all grade levels playing in our music program.

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Additional Materials For Music Lessons

  • There are plenty of materials that instrument students can use, but we try to limit what students are required to have for lessons.

    We recommend the following additional items, based on past years:

    • Clarinet Reeds 2.0 pack of 10 $20.00 

    • Optional Maintenance Kit $24.99

    Required Items: 5th Grade ONLY  These items are required only for 5th grade students. Our 4th grade students only really need their instrument for lessons.

      • Lesson Books $9.95

      • Folding Music Stand $14.99