I knew that there was a music program at our school, but that's about all I knew. I had no idea what it entailed, when it started, or anything. So today ds1 comes home and says "I need to rent a trombone by Friday." Uh, what? Turns out it is a band program, and 4th graders can choose between violin, clarinet, or trombone, and ds really wanted to do trombone. So we spent the evening getting it rented ($200 for the year, gulp!!!).
I am very grateful that our public school even has a music program, but I have to admit I'm a little irritated by the lack of notice or info about what we were going to have to pay, and also, why trombone?!?!?! These things are huge! 5th graders get to pick a trumpet, why not 4th graders? Plus, there is no insurance available for the instrument, so if it gets lost or stolen we will have to pay $800! Plus, any dents will cost $90/hr to fix!
Anyhow, I'm just a little shell shocked at how suddenly this all happened, the whole money situation, and that we now have this huge instrument sitting in our living room. I guess we won't be walking to school on music days.