Instrumental Music Concert Band at Festival of the Arts
Musical Theatre Aladdin 2019
Drama Cast from our productions
IMO Winterguard Cast of our 2020 program "I'd Rather Be Spinning"
Visual Arts Art is available to every student at IMO
Instrumental Ensembles Percussion Ensemble backstage after our performance
Concert Band

Concert Band is for students interested in playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.  We play music of different genres and tempos to encourage students to develop technique in a variety of styles. The Concert Band performs in the school's music program concerts held in Winter and Spring, and Night of Percussion (May).

Audition required - must possess the demonstrated ability to read music and some proficiency on instrument.

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Beginning Band

Beginning Band is for students interested in playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments with little or no experience.

Prior band experience is not required.

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Percussion Ensemble

A Percussion Ensemble is a musical ensemble consisting of only percussion instruments. It brings the section most often found in the back of ensembles to the front. Performances will include concerts held in Winter and Spring and Night of Percussion (May).

Audition REQUIRED - must possess the demonstrated ability to read music and some proficiency on instrument.

Instrumentation: Students must be comfortable learning/performing on mallet and battery instruments.

Percussion instruments include: snare, bass, toms, congas, bongos, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, concert bells, and various other instruments.

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Winter guard is the sport of indoor color guard – much like your traditional color guard that performs with marching bands – we just take the performance indoors and perform to recorded music. IMO Winterguard is entering its third year and comprised of students in upper elementary, middle, and high school. The group learns movement and a variety of equipment including flags and sabers. Winter guards can be found in middle schools, high schools, universities and independent organizations.

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To learn more about IMO Winterguard, please visit HERE

IMO Winds

NEW! IMO Winds is an extracurricular performance medium similar to indoor percussion and indoor color guard. It is an artistic performance outlet for wind and percussion players that allows for visual and musical expression in a non-seated/concert setting. Students will learn and perform a show that is staged on a basketball floor, just like indoor percussion and indoor color guard. This indoor setting is a unique environment that encourages musical and visual excellence and growth. This venue gives students the opportunity to achieve extraordinary feats through performance and competition.

Audition REQUIRED - must possess the demonstrated ability to read music and some proficiency on instrument.

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How to Join or Request Information

Interested in joining one of our ensembles or need additional information about 2020 - 2021? Please complete the form below.

Music Resources

Music resources including music theory lessons, scales, and audition materials for our instrumental music ensembles are available HERE.

Looking for music for your ensemble?

You can find it on the IMO Music page by following THIS LINK.

Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, and 3rd Grade Recorder Class

IMiTA Combined Calendar

Please check the calendar often for updates throughout the year – including the summer! You can add this calendar to your calendar by clicking the “+” sign on the bottom

Our Approach

Like our friend Chef Gusteau and his "anyone can cook" approach to cooking, in these bands, everyone can play. Whether you are a brand new student that has never held an instrument, or you are a blossoming musician with a few years of experience, you will find an environment that is fun, challenging, and encouraging. Instrumental music not only offers students the ability to learn and perform music, but exposes them to core fundamentals such as teamwork, time management, multi-tasking, commitment, discipline, camaraderie, resilience, problem solving, and trust.


Winds and Percussion Director Michael Caruth

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Michael is the Founder of Innovation Montessori in the arts and Director of Bands and Music Enrichment for IMO. He has enjoyed being a musician for over two decades performing in numerous ensembles including marching band, jazz band, wind symphony, winter guard, drum corps, and college band. Michael began his teaching experience as a visual and winds performance technician for the nationally recognized Upper Darby High School Marching Royals (Pennsylvania) before joining the visual teams for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps (New Jersey), and Newark High School Winter Guard (Delaware). Outside the music world, he enjoyed his time as a trainer and facilitator for numerous companies including LensCrafters and The Walt Disney World Company. Michael has performed on numerous instruments including clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, baritone/euphonium, drums, and as a member of his high school winterguard. He traveled the country for 4 summers as a lead baritone player and small ensemble soloist for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Most recently Michael was the director of IMO's production of Beauty and the Beast, Director of Camp Lakewood, and served as producer and stage manager for Aladdin JR. He is entering his fourth year as music director with IMO and has a son and a daughter at West Orange HS where they are members of the West Orange Warrior Band, recently named a Blue Ribbon Program of Excellence by the National Band Association.

Fair Share

There are special financial needs involved with participation in any organization or activity which are not provided for by OCPS. The financial obligation that falls to the student and parent is called Fair Share Assessment. This assessment is common in a majority of schools around the nation and prevalent in OCPS for a wide-range of activities, including all programs in the arts.

As educators, we believe in providing your student with the highest quality music education possible. To this end, it is necessary for us to assess each student to cover costs inherent in providing a positive, life-changing experience.

All Students participating in programs within Innovation Montessori in The Arts! are expected to meet the payment schedule provided by the program director. Failure to meet the due dates OR contact the director in advance can result in student’s removal from participation. However, no student will be denied participation due to a family’s inability to pay. Parents of any student with financial difficulty must contact the director by email in advance of any due date affected for an extension - communication is key!

We incur many costs in advance on students’ behalf, therefore, we are not able to offer refunds due to ineligibility or change of schedule, as expenses are pre-paid. Plan well in advance.

Instrument Information

Students that are interested in most wind instruments will need to provide their own instrument via private rental or ownership. There are several music stores in the area which offer rentals - we have an account with Band Room which provides delivery and repairs directly to the school. Percussion instruments are provided ($50 yearly instrument fee to help maintain and repair). A limited number of high quality Yamaha brass instruments are also available for rent through IMO - trumpet, mellophone, and baritone ($50 yearly instrument fee to help maintain and repair).

Few General Statistics and Facts About Band Programs
  • Students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT, according to reports by the College Entrance Examination Board. In 2002, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.
  • The arts provide young people with authentic learning experiences that engage their minds, hearts, and bodies. Engagement in the arts nurtures the development of cognitive, social, and personal competencies.
  • While learning in other disciplines may often focus on development of a single skill or talent, the arts regularly engage multiple skills and abilities. Music requires the integration of eye-hand coordination, rhythm, tonality, symbol recognition and interpretation, attention span, and other factors that represent synthetic aspects of human intelligence. In addition, critical thinking, problem-solving, and learning how to work cooperatively toward shared goals are all skills which are reinforced through music education.
  • Band reinforces the skills of cooperation which are among the qualities now most highly valued in business and industry, especially in high-tech contexts. Members are required to shift from an I/Me focus to a We/Us focus. Instead of the logic being, "what's in it for me," it becomes, "what's in it for us?" Band is a group effort which focuses on group goals and the completion of those goals in each and every rehearsal and performance.
20 Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools
  1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.
  2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.
  3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.
  4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.
  5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.
  6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.
  7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.
  8. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.
  9. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.
  10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.
  11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.
  12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.
  13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids relax.
  14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.
  15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.
  16. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.
  17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.
  18. Kids can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.
  19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.
  20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Musical education is also likely to develop better communication for students.