Grades 4 & 5 Instrumental Music

The Band and Orchestra programs in Belmont are recognized statewide for their excellence. Students who enroll in these programs develop creative, artistic and intellectual skills in a unique and exciting way. Parents of fourth and fifth graders are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for their children to begin studying a musical instrument as a part of their curriculum during the school day. 


Grade 4: Strings (Orchestra)

Students in Grade 4 can choose a string instrument to study as a part of our Orchestra Program. Each week students receive a 45-minute group lesson during the school day. In addition, fourth grade string students may enroll in Saturday Morning Music School  to receive an additional group lesson and to play in an orchestra with fourth graders from all Belmont elementary schools.

Instrument choices:   Violin, Viola, Cello (Bass is offered with prior approval of the string teachers)

School Lesson Times
Burbank Mondays
Wellington Tuesdays or Wednesdays
Winn Brook
Wednesdays or Fridays


Grade 4-5 String Teacher
Meg Dagon

Grade 5: Winds (Band) & Strings (Orchestra)

Grade 5 students can choose to continue on their string instrument, or to begin instruction on one of several wind instruments at the foundation of our Band Program. Students in Grade 5 Instrumental Music will receive two (2) 50-minute group lessons each week and will participate in two (2) 50-minute Band or Orchestra rehearsals, all during the school day.

Band Instrument choices: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone

Additionally, some continuing cello students may wish to begin studying the bass. These students should consult with their string teacher, TBD to discuss this option.

Faculty Instrument
Meg Dagon strings
Ken Gable flute, oboe, bassoon & percussion
Jaclyn Viscardi clarinets & saxophones
Joe Wright  trumpets, French horns & trombones

Saturday Morning Music School

Saturday Morning Music School (SMMS) is an enrichment program intended to enhance the level of instrumental instruction offered to students each week. While students are certainly encouraged to enroll in SMMS, it is not a requirement for participation in the Instrumental Music Program. Registration for SMMS is separate from your registration for the "in-school" Instrumental Music program, and requires payment of a separate tuition fee.

For additional information about SMMS, including registration information, please visit