Garwood Elementary

Mrs. Hutson

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Hutson, Lindsay
Band Teacher

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Lindsay Hutson


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Band Parent Information Night

Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 PM

(All schools meet at John Brown Elementary in the GYM for the parent night)


Want information about 6th Grade Band?

Have questions?

Talk to Mrs. Hutson and representatives from the two local music stores in CDA:  Burt's Music and Northwest Academy of Music.

*Not required to join band, but an easy way to talk to all three of us in the same place.

My Story


I wanted to be a teacher from a young age.  My mom made me take piano lessons when I was in fourth grade.  Little did I know that would lead to being a music teacher!  I performed in Elementary Choir.  A friend of my dad's gave me an old flute to play in Sixth Grade Band.  I took violin lessons for a little while in junior high and played around with the guitar some growing up.  I started playing oboe in eighth grade band after my mom found an amazing deal at a yard sale.  In high school, I told my band director that I wanted to be a music teacher, so she made sure that I learned how to play other instruments as well.  I continued playing oboe, flute, and piano, and added clarinet, tenor saxophone, and trombone.  I played in Concert Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band.  I joined High School Choir when I could fit it in my schedule again.  I conducted my high school band every year at the Young Conductors' Concert.  I also helped conduct Junior High Band and accompany Junior High Choir during my Senior year.


I studied Music, English, and Elementary Education at the University of Idaho in Moscow.  I played Oboe in the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra and Flute in the Marching Band.  I have taught in the Lakeland School District for 9 years.  During that time, I have taught at JBE, TLE, BKE, GWE, and LJHS.  I taught elementary music for 8 years, sixth grade band for 4 years, Junior High Choir for 2 years, and Junior High Bands for 1 year.  


The 2017-2018 school year will be my 10th year teaching in the Lakeland School District.  I love teaching Sixth Grade Band at JBE, TLE, GWE, and BKE and am excited that I get to continue to work with students at LJHS in band and choir.


I’ve had many family members, friends, and teachers who have inspired me to be a lifelong musician and strive to inspire my students to become lifelong musicians.  Some of my students may become professional musicians, but most will not.  I hope my students enjoy listening to, singing, playing, and creating music for themselves and those they choose share it with.  Most importantly, I hope my student have fun with music!


I look forward to seeing you at the back to school night, parent teacher conferences, concerts, and events throughout the school year.  Please contact me any time.




Mrs. Lindsay Hutson

Sixth Grade Band Information



Joining Sixth Grade Band


All Sixth Graders can join Band

Everyone can experience beginning band!  Joining is easier and more affordable than you may think.  Instrument rental programs help make quality instruments accessible.  Rehearsals are during the school day to eliminate scheduling conflicts.  


Why Join Band?

It’s fun playing an instrument and playing music together as a team!  Students learn how to read music, play their instrument, rehearse, practice, perform, and develop self-discipline.  Practicing, performing, and developing self discipline are skills you can take to junior high or high school bands as well as enhance other areas of life.  Now is the time!  It’s hard to catch up later.


Picking an Instrument

A successful experience includes playing an instrument you love that plays well.  I’m happy to help you pick the best instrument for your child.  Most beginning band students play flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, or percussion (Snare Drum, Bass Drum, and Bell Set.)  Less common:  Oboe, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone, and Horn.  Not for band:  Violin, Guitar, other stringed instruments, or Piano.  Percussionists must try out and should wait to purchase until they have shown me they can keep a steady beat and read basic rhythms.  I suggested picking an instrument you love.  If your are undecided, watch youtube videos together, check out CDs from the library, or attend some local concerts.


Already own a band instrument that hasn’t been played in awhile?

I can look it over to make sure that it is in working order or take it to a music repair shop.  Music stores are busy, busy, busy!


Looking to purchase a new or used instrument?

Contact me before you buy.  If the deal is too good to be true, it often is.  There are many good deals, but it’s hard to be sure.  Instruments can be cheap, but not be of quality, need hundreds of dollars of work, or be beyond repair.  


How do I join?

Right away, I meet with all 6th graders to talk about band, help students decide on instruments, and answer questions.  We officially start band class with instruments toward the end of September.  Students will get a band handbook (outlining expectations) and a band contract to sign.  Band is a full year commitment.  


Band Parent Information Night Soon (TBA)

I will discuss the band handbook, instruments, and accessories.  Burt’s Music and Northwest Music Academy, both located in CDA, will talk about their instrumental rental programs.


Contact Me Anytime: I travel between buildings, so email is the easiest:  Check out my class website!


Mrs. Lindsay Hutson


Great Resource:

Created by another band teacher.


Local Music Stores


Burt's Music

1123 E. Sherman Ave.

CDA, ID 83814

(208) 664-4957


Northwest Academy of Music

3700 N. Government Way


(208) 667-6200

A PDF version of this, the band handbook, and band contract is located in my locker in the band paperwork folder.




Click on the PDF below for a list of music apps, websites, and programs.

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I Love Music!

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