"Knowledge plus 10,000 repetitions equals SKILL.
- Schinichi Suzuki
Getting Started in The Brass Band Academy doesn't require you or your child to be from "a musical background" - any child who has learned to speak their mother tongue is capable of learning to play an instrument (and have fun at the same time!). Additionally this program is very affordable - you won't need purchase of a lot of expensive equipment that will
one day end up collecting dust in the back of a closet.
INSTRUMENTS - Mr. Witt will be happy to help you find the best deal on
an instrument for your child at a local music store or online retailer. You
can also set up an instrumental rent-to-purchase plan directly from The
BBA. These horns are often a third to one-half the cost of what you
will pay from an internet site. If your student later switches to one of the
other brass band instruments, you can trade in the cornet and apply the
cost towards the new horn (minus wear and tear).
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL for Bugle Boot Camp is included in the cost
of the lessons. However, starting with Cornet Class 1, you will need to
purchase your lesson book directly from The BBA for $20. This is a very
sturdy spiral bound book with each page separately laminated. It has been specially designed to fit neatly in the pouch on
the cornet case in order to minimise the material your student has to carry back and fourth from school. If your child takes care of their book, it will last long after they have learned the material - and can be traded in to receive the Cornet Class 2 book for only $5. OTHER EQUIPMENT that is very useful to have includes a music stand and metronome (pictured above). These inexpensive items will help create a structured environment where your student can focus their attention and concen-trate on practicing. Mr. Witt can show you where to purchase them.
TEACHING SCHEDULE - The best time to start learning a brass instrument is now!
...But you can start anytime by contacting Mr. Witt through the INSTRUCTOR page.
The yearly schedule is -
mid-August through mid-December & mid-January through May
TEACHING LOCATION(S) - The BBA is located in the beautiful and mod-
ern facilities of Wynnbrook Christian School located at 500 River Knoll
Way in Columbus, Georgia. Mr. Witt will also come directly to your
school if there is a group of interested students. Parents are always
welcome to attend lessons with their children.
- $75.00 for a five lesson/four week class.
- includes instrument & all instructional
- Students begin with a Starter Bugle and switch
to the Cornet Bugle at the second lesson.
- If your student continues on to Cornet Class, you will receive a $35
credit towards the rental /purchase of a cornet if you buy the
instrument from The BBA.
- Students are taught in groups of 6 - 9 - divided into 3-4 competitive
- Lessons last 60 minutes - once per week.