• Hello! Welcome to Ast/Coe Instrumental Music!

    Name: Mr. Michael Stadnicki
    Email Address: mstadnicki@pdsd.org


    Welcome to Instrumental Music!
    Looking forward to our spring performances!
    Please access the online handbook under the "Important Documents" tab.

    Extra Help Available!

    Aston students may sign up for a time slot in order to catch up, get ahead, and simply for the pleasure of playing their instruments!  Cost free, it provides a little more individualized attention.  Aston students can schedule an extra lesson for Mondays, Tuesdays, and some Fridays.  Coebourn students can schedule for Wednesdays and some Thursdays.  Please arrange a time and date with Mr. Stadnicki ahead of time.




    Wednesday:  All 5th-Grade students

    Thursday: All 4th-Grade students



    Monday:  4th-Grade (Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Drum (204), and Glockenspiel)
    Tuesday:  4th-Grade (Saxophone, Trombone, Drum), 5th-Grade Beginners

    Friday:  "A" Band 5th-Grade



    Spring Rehearsal Dates:

    Coebourn "A"dvanced Band

    February 27; March 13, 27; April 10, 24; May 1, 8


    Aston "A"dvanced Band

    March 1, 15, 29; April 12, 26; May 10, 24


    Coebourn "B"eginner Band

    February 14, 28; March 14, 28; April 11, 25; May 9


    Aston "B"eginner Band

    February 26; March 12, 26; April 9, 30; May 14, 28



    *****Students need to arrive for rehearsals and be unpacked by 8 AM.  Unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances, all rehearsals require mandatory attendance.  Please contact me with any conflicts as soon as possible.  If transportation is an issue, I would be more than happy to work with you to arrange a car pool.





    Private Lessons

    Just as a student can take piano lessons from a private teacher, there are private teachers available in the area that specialize in specific band instruments.  Having the opportunity to study an instrument privately with a professional of that instrument allows for more individualized attention and success.  This is another great way for a student to excel.  Prices depend upon each individual teacher.  Please click on the Private Music Teacher List link on the left!





    Why We Teach Music


    Music is a Science – It is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics.   A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph that indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once – and with the most exact control of time. 


    Music is Mathematical – It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions, which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.


    Music is a Foreign Language – Most of the terms are Italian, German, or French; and the notation certainly is not English – but is highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.   The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.


    Music is History – Music usually reflects the environment and time of its creation, often reflecting the country and/or feeling.


    Music is Physical Education – It requires fantastic coordination of the fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles, in addition to the extraordinary control of the diaphragm, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.


    Music is all of these things, but most of all,

    Music is Art – It allows a human being to take all of these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion.   That is the one thing that science cannot duplicate; humanism, feeling, emotion – call it what you will.




    Not because we expect students to major is music… Not because we expect you to play your instrument all your life… Not so you can relax… Not so you can have fun… BUT… so you will be human, so you will recognize beauty, so you will be sensitive, so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world, so you will have something to cling to, so you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good… in short, more life.


    Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?