About Band at Sheridan

I still remember the very first time I played my trumpet with my beginning band so many years ago! It was one of the best moments in my life. As a Band Specialist, I hope to share that excitement with my students.

I have been teaching band for about 20 years and am very excited to be here at Sheridan. With the help of this amazing community of learners, teachers, parents and guardians, I hope to help create a thriving band program built with and for the students here.

Band is offered to all of the fourth and fifth graders.  All lessons and rehearsals are during the school day. Instruments and materials are provided by the district and the school, so there is no cost to families. 

Students were introduced to the instruments, allowed to try their top three choices and then picked one to study. Lessons have started and students are beginning their journey as musicians!

If you would like your fourth or fifth grade student to participate in band, but were not able to sign up, please give me a call or send me an email.

Please feel free to call me at 612.668.1133, extension 33326 or email me at elizabethe.larson@mpls.k12.mn.us. 

Practice Expectations

Individual practice is essential to progress. Students are expected to practice outside of lessons and rehearsals. They are encouraged to practice a minimum of 15-20 minutes a day, five days a week. Making practice part of one’s daily routine (if even for 15-20 minutes) is really important not just for muscle development, but also for future musical success, and the likelihood of continuing musical studies.Each student has a practice report that is shown weekly at the time of their lesson. 

Learning to find the time and discipline to practice is part of being a band student.  Feel free to contact me if you would like ideas for practicing.