Mr. Bankey's

Music Class

Scrolling down you will find out a little about me. When you keep scrolling you will find a "Brain Buster" about music (changes weekly), a composer of the month, and a instrument family of the month. Above you will find out what we are doing in each grade level. You can click on the grade level to see what we are doing in class, or you may choose from the drop down menu below the grade level for some other choices. Some of the music I left for the students and families to discover on their own. As we go forward in the year items will be added.

Students and parents may enter for a monthly prize drawing (one parent & one student will win a prize each month)! You may email me weekly for the "Brain Buster" and for the four different sound bites of the instruments of the month. Correct guesses will be entered in the monthly drawing.

Little about me...

My name is Mr. Bankey and I have been a music teacher for 19 years. 18 of those years I have been the music teacher here in Silt teaching at Roy Moore, and when we moved to our new location at Cactus Valley I remained as the music teacher.

I love music. I believe it to be so important to anyone and everyone. In music we learn about math, reading, writing, science, geography, cultures, traditions and so much more through the art of music!

I am creating this site to help any of you that would like to work with your son or daughter at home, and maybe learn some more about the art of music. As this site develops you will be able to find some things we are doing at each grade level as well as songs and games to sing and play along to so come back and check it out regularly... you never know what you might find!

Brain Buster....

What is this picture trying to tell me? These picture puzzles help sharpen right-brain thinking and music knowledge. They help illustrate music concepts. Some of these puzzles have a "bonus question" included in them. See if you and your child can figure it out, and let Mr. Bankey know what you have discovered! Email me at

Composer of the Month

Ludwig van Beethoven

12 Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major op. 15, Rondo_ Allegro sc herzando.mp3

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major op. 15, Rondo: Allegro sc herzando

11 Romance in G major op. 40.mp3

Romance in G major op. 40

10 Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata in C sharp minor op. 27_2, Adagio sostenu to.mp3

Moonlight Sonata in C sharp minor op. 27/2, Adagio sostenu to

09 Symphony No. 5 in C minor op. 67, Allegro con brio.mp3

Symphony No. 5 in C minor op. 67, Allegro con brio

Instrument Family of the Month

Every month a different instrument family will be spotlighted. You will see four different soundbites for four different instruments. Each soundbite will get harder. The instrument might not be pictured in the family, but each week I will add pictures to the sound bites as clues. Can you guess what instrument it is for each level? Let Mr. Bankey know! Email me at

A brass instrument is a musical instrument that produces sound by sympathetic vibration of air in a tubular resonator in sympathy with the vibration of the player's lips. Brass instruments are also called labrosones, literally meaning "lip-vibrated instruments".

Brass Family

Novice Clue:

Intermediate Clue:


21-50 Trombone (Sound Bank) p. 519.mp3


21-52 Tuba (Sound Bank) p. 519.mp3

Advanced Clue:

Expert Clue:


21-51 Trumpet (Sound Bank) p. 519.mp3


15-21 French Horn (Sound Bank) p. 435.mp3

Colorado Academic Standards Music

The Colorado Academic Standards in music are the topical organization of the concepts and skills all Colorado students should know and be able to do throughout their preschool through twelfth-grade experience.

Expression of Music

The expression of music is the process of practice, refinement, and performance of acquired musical knowledge and skills to communicate a range of thoughts and emotions.

Creation of Music

The creation of music is the demonstration of learned skills in the composition, improvisation, and arranging of music.

Theory of Music

The theory of music is the understanding of the distinctive language, conventions, mechanics, and structure of organized sound. Investigation of music theory allows for a more complete understanding of all aspects of the musical process.

Aesthetic Valuation of Music

The aesthetic valuation of music focuses on the knowledge and perspectives needed to make informed evaluations and critiques of music. It also addresses the historical, cultural, and societal contexts which are often the beauty, heart, and soul of music.

By implementing a structured and standards-based music education, students continue the generational conversation and become fluent in the language of music as a manner of artistic, intellectual, and cultural expression. The acts of performing, creating and responding to music provide a means for development and growth in the ability to express the otherwise inexpressible and to facilitate growth in many areas of academic development.

Learning to read and notate music opens for students the limitless body of musical styles, forms, and repertoire, and allows them to see what they hear and hear what they see. The interconnections in music bring together the understanding of contemporary and historical cultures as well as self-knowledge. Participation in music provides students with unique experiences and skills essential for success in the 21st century workforce.

Music produces creativity, innovation, and cornerstone life skills that will be the key to opening doors for a more diverse and competitive workforce. Students of music use critical thinking, self-assessment, reasoning, problem solving, and collaboration, and make connections in new and imaginative ways as they progress through their musical education. All of these skills prepare our students for higher education and the 21st century workforce. These standards outline the knowledge and skills needed by all Colorado citizens to participate productively in an increasingly creative economy and innovative society.