•  Mrs. Barb Simmons is the director of our Orchestra.  Starting in late January, they meet every Day 3 at 7:30 am for practice.   Please contact Mrs. Simmons for more information  simmonb@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 orchestra meets before school once a week on Tuesday mornings, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., January through May.  During the beginning of the year, our 2nd year string players rehearse as a district-wide elementary orchestra.  These rehearsals begin in November, and are held at Rainbow Elementary School one evening a week (the day varies) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  In December, the district-wide 2nd year elementary orchestra then performs in the CASD Winter Orchestra Concert.  In January, the orchestras start meeting as individual building ensembles.    The Caln Orchestra rehearses once a week on Tuesday mornings from 7:45 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. in the Caln School gym.  In mid-January our 1st year string students join the weekly Tuesday morning rehearsals, once they have passed the performance assessment for orchestra.  From January Through May, the orchestra prepares for the annual Caln School Instrumental Music Concert. 


    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.