Yes. It is.
When your student joins the band in 4th or 5th grade, they might be in the band or choir program for 9 YEARS! And they might be playing that instrument or sinigng in choir for 30-40 years in the future. This isn't like signing up for a Math or Writting course. You are beginning a process that could change their entire lives. It could become part of their career or just something that is part of their life enjoyment.
That doesn't mean that when you sign them up this year that they MUST be in band or choir for the next 9 years - we know that scheudles (esp. home-school schedules) change from year to year; however, we have found that many home-school students, esp. those not involved in other 'organized sports' decide that they want to have this stable, on-going activity and group of friends to be part of their home-school life.
When you join the band or choir you don't just become a member of the band/choir 'class', you become a member of the band or choir family. Band and choir families do things together, give each other rides to events, students get together with their sections and other sub-groups from their band or choir. And often the band or choir 'family' will help other members of the family through good and tough times.
Joining the band or choir is a significant and possibly scarry new commitment - but as many other band and choir families will tell you - it's definitely worth jumping in.
If you have any questions or concerns about the commitment required - for students or parents, please use the Contact Us link above to let us know and we'll try to answer your questions/concerns.