Welcome to StrathamMusic.com, the online home for SMS music students and their parents, teachers, and friends. Inside you’ll find helpful tips, free sheet music, lesson program information plus band, chorus and orchestra updates. If you have a question or comment, please click here to send a message to Mr. Mackail.
The Stratham Memorial School Music Lesson Program is an after-school enrichment offering for students who want to learn to play an instrument and be part of our school band or string ensemble. Any SMS student in 4th or 5th grade may enroll for lessons on violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium or percussion. Younger students may enroll with instructor permission. The music instructors are Curt Mackail, SMS band and orchestra director, and Megan McCrillis, SMS general music instructor and chorus director. And yes, you may sing in the chorus and play in the band or string ensemble too.
Students furnish their own instrument. If you wish to rent an instrument, a number of rental providers are available and parents are free to choose any source for their student’s instrument. Or, your instructor will help find an instrument for purchase if you’d like assistance.
The emphasis in lessons is placed on learning to enjoy music by gaining skills in music reading, theory, specific instrument technique, and playing together in small or large groups. Lessons and ensemble programs are no-pressure, fun activities that encourage students to learn at their own pace, to become increasingly self-motivated through regular practice, and to build self-esteem through the process of becoming a musician.
“Music produces a kind of pleasure that human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius