We are having a hard time deciding whether or not to let/encourage ds be in both orchestra and band. Currently, he plays the cello and is in the school orchestra since last year. He loves the cello and will keep playing it. Now that he is in 5th, band is an option and he is really interested. The band teacher was a classmate of mine from elementary school, and he keeps emailing me personally trying to get ds involved. I loved band when I was a kid, but we did not have an orchestra at my small school. Ds was interested in a couple of band instruments, but we kind of narrowed it down to one because of cost. He is taking private cello lessons, so we would have to rent an instrument through the school ($60 for the year instead of $60/month for the other instrument).
We were ok with the extra practice, etc., Then, I talked to new private cello teacher. I thought he was going to drop us from lessons because we had the audacity to consider more than one instrument. Had to work hard to convince him that ds did indeed intend to keep playing his cello and was dedicated to practice. He did also point out that it is hard to focus and get good at one thing when doing too many. So asked ds's psychologist about her thoughts, and she said her kids did 2 instruments, too, but that it was time consuming. She was more worried about time spent on each.
Meanwhile still getting emails from the band instructor and he is talking to ds at school. Not sure what to do. Not sure whether to encourage ds to give it a try or to just stick with one instrument. What would you do? Thanks