The middle school requires that all the students participate in band and choir. My 6th grader is studying the flute.
Flutes are tiny instruments that fit perfectly in backpacks. They don't weigh too much or make loud head-splitting noises (most of the time, anyway).
"Matthew have you practiced your flute today?"
110 minutes each week is required... or you fail...
"Matthew, your recorder is not your flute... get back to practicing!"
Oh, there's my nephew Joe, who's in 8th grade practicing his saxophone, outside. He actually sounds pretty good!
And Matthew is coming right along... "Matthew, your practice time is not done..."