Handbook

 



Welcome to a new school year at Zionsville West Middle School! 
 
We in the band department anticipate an exciting year of new challenges and opportunities in music.  Hopefully, this ZWMS Band Handbook will explain our program in detail and answer many of the commonly asked questions regarding band class.
  

Why Music?


IMAGINATION- Inviting students to think beyond the given, to imagine, “What if?”

EXPRESSION- Giving students the opportunity to recognize and express their feelings, to acknowledge, “This is how I feel.”

EMPATHY- Building student awareness and sensitivity to the emotions of others, to appreciate, “This is how you feel.”

INTERPRETATION- Enabling students to see that there are many equally viable ways in and out of the same subject, to know that even if their views differ from others’, “What I think matters.”

RESPECT- Helping students become aware of, interested in, and respectful of different ways of making sense of the world, coming to know that even when they disagree, “What others think matters.”

REFLECTION- Helping students develop skills of ongoing self-reflection and assessment, moving beyond judgments of good or bad to informed considerations of “How am I doing and what will I do next?”

RESPONSIBILITY- Connecting students to others within and beyond school walls, helping to awaken a sense of social responsibility and action because, “I care for others.”

Davis, J. H. (2008). Why our schools need the arts. New York: Teachers College Press

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Course Descriptions

5th Grade Band is where the roots of our band program take shape.  Students are taught to read and count music as well as how to play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments.  Students may choose between playing flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and percussion.   Music composition, theory, improvisation and history are introduced and students are given the opportunity to participate in chamber music and private lessons in addition to their full band activities. 

6th Grade Band students continue with wind and percussion instruments learning about different styles of music through performance and study.  Additionally, select students are given the opportunity to switch to more advanced instruments such as the oboe, bass clarinet, bassoon, tenor and baritone saxophone and tuba.  The band schedule expands to include additional school and community performances, including participation in the jazz bands. Students continue to develop as young musicians through the study of more advanced concepts in music theory, additional opportunities for improvisation and a more in-depth look at the role of music in past and present society.  Students will perform in chamber and full ensemble settings and are provided the opportunity to take private lessons.

In 7th Grade Band we carry on our musical experience, adding more challenges, activities, and opportunities for learning.  Students continue with wind and percussion instruments learning about more styles of music through performance and study.  Some highlights of the 7th Grade Band experience include marching in the Annual Zionsville Fall Festival Parade, IBA All-Region and All-State Honor Bands, opportunities to travel and a performance at the ISSMA concert band festival.  Students continue to develop as young musicians through performing more challenging repertoire, the study of more advanced concepts in music theory, additional opportunities for improvisation and a more in-depth look at the role of music in past and present society. 
 
In 8th Grade Band we build upon the musical foundation laid in the previous classes through the performance of more advanced repertoire and technical studies.  Some highlights of the 8th Grade Band experience include marching in the Annual Zionsville Fall Festival Parade, IBA All-Region and All-State Honor Bands, opportunities to travel, a performance at the ISSMA concert band festival, and a collaboration with the ZCHS Marching Eagles in the 8th grade ZWMS/ZMS Crossover Event.  Students continue to develop as young musicians through the study of more advanced concepts in music theory, additional opportunities for improvisation and a more in-depth look at the role of music in past and present society.      

 


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