• Mrs. Barb Simmons is Caln's band director.  Students in 4th and 5th grades are eligible to participate.  They meet every Day 4 from 7:30-8:40 am in the gym. 

    Please contact Mrs. Simmons for more information - simmonsb@casdschools,org.


    As part of the curriculum in the Coatesville Area School District, instrumental music lessons are offered to 4th and 5th grade students who want to learn to play a band or orchestral string instrument.  During the regular school day, students who participate in the instrumental music program will receive one thirty- minute lesson per 6 -day cycle.  As students become proficient on their instruments, they will be invited to join the before school band or orchestra.



    The Caln School Band meets before school once a week on Wednesday mornings, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:55 am., in the Caln School gym.   Our 2nd year players begin band in mid-October, and focus mainly on music for the Caln School Winter Concert.  In mid-January, our 1st year players join the weekly Wednesday morning rehearsals, once they have passed the performance assessment for band.    From January through May, the band prepares for the annual Caln School Instrumental Music Concert.   In addition to concert performances, the band traditionally performs during the opening ceremony of field day. 


     TEACHER BIO:  Mrs. Barbara Simmons, Band and Orchestra Director, Caln Elementary School 

    My name is Barb Simmons.  I am the Instrumental Music Teacher and Band and Orchestra Director at Caln School.  I attended West Chester University, where I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education, as well as a Master of Music Degree in Music Education.  My first day of teaching was at Caln Elementary in September 1987!   I love teaching our 4th and 5th grade musicians how to play their instruments, work together, support each other, and develop a life-long appreciation and love of music!   I feel that having the opportunity to participate in a large school ensemble, such as band or orchestra, is necessary for every musician’s musical and social development.  Playing in a large ensemble promotes teamwork, group effort, and a sense of community. My favorite part of being a band/orchestra director is watching my students’ musicianship, work ethic, and confidence grow throughout the year, as they come together as a “community of musicians” working together towards a common goal.