STEP FOUR

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Q: Does my child need to have an instrument to attend MMI?

A: If your child is registered for a class in violin, viola, or cello, please have him or her bring the relevant instrument to camp. Each of these instruments is available for weekly rental at area music stores. Click here for information on how to choose the right size instrument for your child.

Also, MMI has a limited number of violins to lend students with need. Please email montanamusicinstitute@gmail.com for more information.

MMI provides guitars, harps, and double basses for students enrolled in these classes. Unfortunately, these instruments may not be taken home during the week for practice.

Q: Can my pre-K child or Kindergartener attend MMI?

A: Yes, our youngest campers (pre-K and K) can participate in our MMI Mini-Camp. MMI Mini-Camp begins at 8:30am each day and ends at 11:30am. Mini-Campers go between the same four classrooms, with a variety of activities during the morning. Fueled by their natural curiosity, they will be introduced to violin, keyboard, and rhythms, and explore music through song, drumming, movement, and foreign language. Mini-campers will discover the joy in music and gain experience in the fundamentals.They are welcome to attend recitals at 11:40am each day, but we request that a parent accompanies them at the recital.

Q: Do students need to be able to read music in order to play in the orchestra and ensemble classes?

A: MMI’s three orchestras, the Robin, Mozart, and Chamber Orchestras, engage every student from the non-music reader to advanced student. It is necessary to read notes for all but the Robin Orchestra. All string students will participate in an orchestra at their level during the institute. We make every effort to place each student in the orchestra most suitable to his or her age and level of ability. Playing as part of an ensemble of this sort provides valuable experience for new musicians as well as those who have been playing for longer.

Our piano ensemble in limited to four pianists who will play music together, a rare opportunity to piano students to learn the importance of rhythm and the blending of parts.

Q: Will my child need to bring anything for his or her knitting class?

A: MMI will provide needles for both beginning and intermediate knitting classes. Beginning students who wish to bring their own should bring a 16” circular US size 10.5 needle. Intermediate students who wish to bring their own should bring a 16” circular US size 8 needle. These are available at local craft stores.

Students enrolled in intermediate knitting classes should each bring about 150 yards of worsted weight yarn of their choice, wool preferred, to make a hat.