About the Bands

Jazz Band

Jazz band is an extra-curricular activity held after school on Wednesdays. Students with at least 1 year of experience on their instrument are welcome to join! Click above for more information.

6th Grade Band

Sixth grade band introduces students to the fundamentals of playing a wind or percussion instrument. Students will be able to play up to 3 or 4 independent parts with a limited range of notes and rhythms. Band literature is selected carefully based on a Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) procedure. Band literature is selected carefully based on a Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) procedure.

The expectation is students will commit to a year, but drops are allowed after the 2nd quarter/1st semester.

PRIORITY STANDARDS

  • Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Reading and notating music
  • Evaluating music and music performances

SUPPORTING STANDARDS

  • Students will sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Students will compose and arrange music
  • Students will understand relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
  • Students will understand music in relation to history and culture

GRADED WORK

  • Concerts
    • Winter (Spring)
    • Spring (May)
  • Instrument Teaching Project - Students teach a friend of family member how to play their instrument.
    • That person will then perform their instrument for 2 songs in an October concert.
  • Composition Project - 8 measure melody
  • Rhythm Dictation
  • Independent Instrument Study (Lessons and Independent Work)

CLASS METHOD BOOKS AND RESOURCES

  • The Individualized Instructor - Preliminary Book - Used in summer class only. Used in the first couple weeks of class and used extensively during the summer band program.
  • Measures of Success - Book 1 - Provided to all students at no cost at Summer Beginning Band. Used in both full band, and in lessons.
  • Scale and Rhythm Chunks - Primarily used in lessons throughout the school year.
  • Master of the Alphabet - Teaching pulse, rhythm, and scale orders.

Supplemental / Optional:

    • Simple Steps to Successful Beginning Percussion - Optional, but recommended, book for percussion lessons. Play-along CD tracks include bell and snare drum parts. Very good supplemental resource that covers most percussion instruments.
    • The Individualized Instructor - Book 1 and 2 - Supplemental material for advanced students to perform music. Can be loaned out to interested students at no cost.
    • Alfred Snare Drum - Book 1
    • Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion
    • Primary Handbook for Mallets
    • Sight Reading Factory

7th Grade Band

Seventh grade band focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the basics of music. Students develop a greater range of notes, dynamics, and rhythmic complexity. As students progress, they become more independent on their parts in band. At this level they also begin to explore playing solos or playing with a small group of other students. Band literature is selected carefully based on a Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) procedure.

7th grade band is a year long commitment. Students may not drop this course.

Recommended Pre-Requisite

1 year of previous experience. If no previous experience, students should enroll in private lessons - if possible. Private lessons are highly recommended in order to help the student find success.

PRIORITY STANDARDS

  • Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Reading and notating music
  • Evaluating music and music performances

SUPPORTING STANDARDS

  • Students will sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Students will compose and arrange music
  • Students will understand relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
  • Students will understand music in relation to history and culture

GRADED WORK

  • Concerts
    • Winter (December)
    • Spring (March)
    • Spring (May)
  • Solo and Ensemble Project (Solo Emphasis)
  • Composition Project - 8 measure melody with expression markings
  • Rhythm Dictation
  • Independent Instrument Study (Lessons and Independent Work)

CLASS METHOD BOOKS AND RESOURCES

  • Measures of Success - Book 1 - Finishing work in book by end of first semester. Provided by the school. Used primarily in full band class to teach full group concepts.
  • Measures of Success - Book 2 - Begin work in second semester. Provided by the school. Used primarily in full band class to teach full group concepts.
  • Warm-Ups and Beyond - Provided by the school. Used primarily in full band class. Warm-ups, scales, and supplemental techniques to help with both ensemble and individual growth.
  • Supplemental / Optional:
    • Rhythm Vocabulary by Mark Helgert
    • Rhythm Drills by Jonathan M. Peske
    • Simple Steps to Successful Beginning Percussion - Optional, but recommended, book for percussion lessons. Play-along CD tracks include bell and snare drum parts. Very good supplemental resource that covers most percussion instruments.
    • The Individualized Instructor - Book 1 and 2 - Supplemental material for advanced students to perform music. Can be loaned out to interested students at no cost.
    • Alfred Snare Drum - Book 1
    • Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion
    • Primary Handbook for Mallets
    • Sight Reading Factory
    • Scale and Rhythm Chunks - Provided by the school. Primarily used in lessons for individualized instruction.

8th Grade Band

In eighth grade, students learn more new rhythms and deepen their understanding of musical terms, time signatures, dynamics, key signatures, tone, and phrasing. By this point, students are beginning to have a more mature sound and have more independence of their part in band. They also have a greater variety of chamber music to play. Band literature is selected carefully based on a Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) procedure.

8th grade band is a year long commitment. Students may not drop this course.

Recommended Pre-Requisite

2 years of experience (1 year of experience minimum). If no previous experience or less than 1 year, students should enroll in private lessons - if possible. Private lessons are highly recommended in order to help the student find success.

PRIORITY STANDARDS

  • Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Reading and notating music
  • Evaluating music and music performances

SUPPORTING STANDARDS

  • Students will sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Students will compose and arrange music
  • Students will understand relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
  • Students will understand music in relation to history and culture

GRADED WORK

  • Concerts
    • Winter (December)
    • Spring (March)
    • Spring (May)
  • Solo and Ensemble Project (Ensemble Emphasis)
  • Composition Project - Theme and Variations
  • Kalahari Festival (Large Group Festival) - Performance and Listening Critiques
  • Rhythm Dictation
  • Independent Instrument Study (Lessons and Independent Work)
  • Tuning Map

CLASS METHOD BOOKS AND RESOURCES

  • Measures of Success - Book 2 Provided by the school. Used primarily in full band class to teach full group concepts.
  • Warm-Ups and Beyond - Provided by the school. Used primarily in full band class. Warm-ups, scales, and supplemental techniques to help with both ensemble and individual growth.
  • Deranged Scale Builders by Mark Helgert. Complete all 12 major scales and major drum rudiments.
  • Supplemental / Optional:
    • Rhythm Vocabulary by Mark Helgert
    • Rhythm Drills by Jonathan M. Peske
    • Simple Steps to Successful Beginning Percussion - Optional, but recommended, book for percussion lessons. Play-along CD tracks include bell and snare drum parts. Very good supplemental resource that covers most percussion instruments.
    • The Individualized Instructor - Book 1 and 2 - Supplemental material for advanced students to perform music. Can be loaned out to interested students at no cost.
    • Alfred Snare Drum - Book 1
    • Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion
    • Primary Handbook for Mallets
    • Sight Reading Factory
    • Scale and Rhythm Chunks - Provided by the school. Primarily used in lessons for individualized instruction.