Band Program of Studies

 

Beginning Band - Grade 6

Course No. EL41 Year

This class is for students who wish to learn to play brass, percussion,

or woodwind instruments. No experience is necessary for the

class. Students will receive assistance from the instructor in order

to make an appropriate choice of instruments. The emphasis of

the class will be on skill development.

 

Beginning Band - Grades 7 and 8

Course No. EL20 Year

Students must furnish instrument although limited school owned

instruments are available. This class is for students who wish to

learn to play a band instrument. No experience is necessary for

the class. Students will receive assistance from the instructor in

order to make an appropriate choice of instruments. The emphasis

of the class will be on skill development. Students must acquire a

band instrument after approval by the teacher.

 

Band 2 - Grades 7 and 8

Course No. EL21 Year

Students must furnish instrument although limited school owned

instruments are available. Emphasis will be placed on musical

notation, sight reading, interpretation, extended range, and

continued technical skill development. This is a class designed to

emphasize ensemble playing. Some public performances are

scheduled throughout the year.

 

Band 3 - Grades 7 and 8

Course No. EL22 Year

Prerequisite: Beginning Band

Students must furnish instrument although limited school owned

instruments are available. Emphasis is on advanced technique and

music reading skills throughout performance in a large ensemble.

Public performances are scheduled throughout the year.

Successful completion of Beginning Band is required.

Concert Band - Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

Course No. FA27, FA30, FA31, FA32 Year - 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Placement by audition and prior instrumental music

Experience

 

Students must furnish instrument although limited school owned

instruments are available. Emphasis is placed on developing and

improving the fundamentals of instrumental music technique.

Notation, articulation, interpretation and a variety of musical

styles are studied. Required activities include concerts, music festivals,

and additional musical performances as the need arises.

Jazz Ensemble - Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

Course No. FA34 Year - 1 Credit

Jazz Ensemble (Advanced) - Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

Course No. FA44 Year - 1 Weighted Credit

Prerequisites: written test, audition, 2 years sequential secondary

music with a 3.0 or higher (ex. Grades 7 & 8), written contract

upon acceptance

 

Students must furnish instrument although limited school owned

instruments are available. Jazz Ensemble specializes in big band,

jazz and pop music. Each player is selected by audition. The

ensemble plays many times throughout the year for various civic

organizations and in public concerts. Students must also participate

in an additional musical ensemble. A background in music

theory and a high degree of musicianship are required.

Symphonic Band - Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

Course No. FA33 Year - 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Placement by audition and prior instrumental music

Experience

 

Students must furnish instrument although limited school owned

instruments are available. Emphasis is placed on developing and

improving performance skills through the use of advanced band

literature. Notation, articulation, interpretation and a variety of

musical styles are studied. Required activities of this advanced

ensemble include concerts, music festivals, and additional musical

performances as the need arises.

Wind Ensemble - Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

Course No. FA36 Year - 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Placement by audition and prior instrumental music

Experience

 

Wind Ensemble (Advanced) - Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

Course No. FA48 Year - 1 Weighted Credit

Prerequisites: Written test, audition, 2 years sequential secondary

music with a 3.0 or higher (ex. Grades 7 & 8); written contract

upon acceptance

 

Students must furnish instrument although limited school owned

instruments are available. Emphasis is placed on developing and

improving performance skills through the use of advanced band

literature. Notation, articulation, interpretation and a variety of

musical styles are studied. Required activities of this advanced

ensemble include concerts, music festivals, and additional musical

performances as the need arises.

 

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