Instrumental Music

MR. PETTINELLI

Instrumental Music

Practice Makes Perfect

         The Troy Hills School Instrumental Music Program has started!!  Students should bring their instrument and music folder to their lessons as follows:

Beginner band members bring instruments and music folders on Tuesday.

Advanced band members bring instruments and music folders on Monday

Parents are reminded that students should bring their instruments home after their lesson or band period every week so they can practice.

        Practice is the key to success!!  Mr. Pettinelli would like students and parents to set up a practice schedule at home.  An average practice routine would be 4-5 times per week for about 15 minutes per session.  For beginners, it is best to keep practice sessions short in length to start.  As students play longer, they will develop better muscle and breath control for themselves. The key to success with playing an instrument is to establish a good foundation of basics to build upon.  

       Parents are encouraged to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for their new band members as they begin learning the “in’s and out’s” of their instruments. As students become familiar with their instrument, they will begin to develop self-discipline, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment as they experience the joys that music has to offer!


Mr. Pettinelli Bio

Hi, I am Mr. Pettinelli and I am the Instrumental Music Teacher here at Troy Hills. I have a B.S. from Trenton State College in Music and Elementary Education. I also have a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey. I have been teaching since 1992, and I have been teaching Instrumental Music at Troy Hills since 1999. Teaching students to play and perform with musical instruments at this age level is very rewarding in that you can see and experience students grow and master musical skills and concepts from the very beginning as students start playing instruments as Beginners in fourth grade. Troy Hills is a community that appreciates and supports the arts, both at school and at home. Away from school, I enjoy spending time with my family and helping my three children enjoy all that music has to offer!

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