How to get a head start on success at Hays High School:
Hello Band family!
We sincerely hope that your school year is off to a tremendous start and that you are able to catch a breather here and there during the chaos of marching season!
With that said, the HHS Band staff wants to invite you and your students to discuss the possibilities of enrolling in private lessons here at Hays High School. Private lessons are key to the overall success of a band program and it is our effort to encourage as many students to invest in private instruction. Through this initiative, we can work to continue advancing the musical standards and expectations of our band program, allowing us to become one of the premier band programs across the state.
Each instrument has special needs, tendencies, and we partner with some of the finest trained professionals in their fields. There is no substitute for taking lessons with an individual who performers or specializes on a specific instrument, and we work to find the best fit for each of our band members.
Many think that “private lessons” or “tutoring” are only needed for kids who are struggling with their instrument … while it is great for “extra help” as it suggests, those students who are excelling on their instruments benefit equally and usually excel to a whole new level of performance. It is virtually impossible to achieve success in the TMEA All-State Process without coaching from a private lesson instructor .
Even if your band member will not pursue music as a career, taking lessons teaches responsibility, goal setting, and commitment to a craft or process. The art of learning to commit and work towards excellence applies far beyond learning to play an instrument.
How do I know who to take lessons from?
Although there are many instructors in the San Marcos/Austin area, the list below represents a collection of individuals who we have worked with in the past and have proven extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy.
They are masters at their craft, and trusted by our staff to further your band member's love for music and achieve success at TMEA and All State Auditions. If you do not currently study with one of our recommended instructors, we highly encourage you to explore taking a sample lesson with them to see what you think!
View a list of our applied lessons faculty here:
We value our approach to teaching music comprehensively in a tailored approach to help each individual student perform their instrument well. The one-to-one time with a musician and music teacher can be a great asset for a student in a school music program. We want our students to excel and consistently aim to inspire students to reach their greatest potential. Thus, we can also be a great role model for students.
Learning music is a process, a long one, however a good one. Students who invest in themselves, and parents who support such an endeavor, really see the fruits of their labor once students start performing and playing great standard and popular repertoire.
Students can perform as soloists, weekly, with their music teacher, and receive feedback instantly on their music playing. Students in school music classes and bands are usually playing only with other student musicians. Private lessons give students a chance to be a soloist and receive individualized attention.
Students can focus on and learn music theory, additional performance techniques, new repertoire, set specific musical goals that compliment and enhance a school instrumental music program. School Band and Orchestral teachers should encourage students and parents to study privately, it only helps students play better, which in turn helps their school program sound better.
To begin your lesson journey, please reach out directly to your designated faculty member listed on our lessons website above! Our private lesson faculty will also be reaching out to our students and their guardians throughout the remainder of this week to further discuss the opportunities available for all students.
Thank you for your commitment to excellence and your support and belief in our band program!