Program of Study

Students in the DA Band program work with our guest faculty in a studio class setting on a nearly weekly basis. Students audition for ensemble placement that best meets their current level of skill and musicianship goals. DA band students are required to learn all major/minor scales, prepare one solo per semester, participate in FBA District Solo and Ensemble, and perform semester juries. A senior exit jury is required for all band seniors hoping to earn their Arts Seal on their diploma. Selected jurried pieces are presented at our annual senior recital in February.

Below is a table of possible music coursework progression at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Band.

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts operates on an "AB" Block Schedule with 8 classes per year meeting approximately 90 minutes per class.

9th Grade:

  • Band 1 (double blocked if in Wind Symphony or percussion)
  • Instrument Techniques/Jazz Band/Chamber Winds/Jazz History (choose one)
  • Music Theory
  • Keyboard

10th Grade:

  • Band 2 (Double Blocked if in Wind Symphony or percussion)
  • Jazz Band/Chamber Winds/Recording/Electronic Music/Jazz History (choose one)
  • Music History

11th Grade:

  • Band 5 Hon (Double Blocked if in Wind Symphony)
  • Jazz Band/Chamber Winds/Recording/Electronic Music (choose one)
  • AP Music Theory or additional choice from one of the above

12th Grade:

  • Band 6 Hon (Double Blocked if in Wind Symphony)
  • Jazz Band/Chamber Winds/Recording II/Electronic Music II (choose one or two based on class openings)
  • AP Music Theory if not taken yet

Each member is expected to do the following:

  • Attend all rehearsals and performances.
  • Be prepared for all rehearsals and performances.
  • Be on time, if not early, to all classes, rehearsals and performances.
  • Emulate all characteristics of a professional musician. This includes having good moral character, good conduct, respect for authority and peers, acting responsibly and being responsible, showing dedication, always playing with a good tone, being humble in your success, having a strong work ethic, etc.
  • Keep your instrument in good working order.
  • Have materials for every rehearsal: music, pencil, spit rag, mutes, extra reeds, etc.
  • Practice regularly at home and, if possible, take private lessons.
  • Fulfill your Fair Share and other financial obligations.
  • Keep up with and be responsible for music and equipment issued to you.
  • Respect OUR band area… keep it clean.
  • Respect each member of our band. Treat them like you would want to be treated