Grade 7 and 8 Band outline

Purpose: The purpose of the 7-8 instrumental music program is to explore and develop skills in music using instruments that are found in the concert band setting. Through the instruments and the music we play we will take part in group music making, explore the role of the fine arts in society, use critical thinking skills and learn a new way to express ourselves.

Curriculum outcomes:

1.) Explore, Challenge, Develop and express ideas using the skills, language and techniques and process of the arts.

i. Use appropriate terminology

ii. Demonstrate an understanding of rhythm

iii. Perform in group music making

iv. Demonstrate an understanding of melody

v. Interpret non-verbal gestures making connections to notation and musical expression

2.) Create and/or present, collaboratively and independently expressive products in the arts for a range of audiences.

i. Participate in group music making

ii. Improvise and compose music

iii. Demonstrate responsibility in individual and group music making

iv. Perform, alone and with others

3.) Demonstrate a critical awareness of and value the role of the arts in creating and reflecting culture

i. Discuss music from various historical and cultural context.

ii. Articulate the importance of music in daily life

4.) Examine the relationship among the arts and society and environments

i. Identify ways music is influenced by society

ii. Articulate the relationship between music and other arts.

5.) Apply critical thinking and problem solving strategies to reflect on and respond to their own and others expressive works.

i. Justify decisions made to solve musical challenges

ii. Make judgments about music they hear and articulate ways to improve it


The following categories will be graded throughout the year and report card marks will be based on the results of those grades.

In class participation: In class participation will include participating in group music making and class discussion. There will also be written assignments during our lessons. These will include creative group assignments, reflection journals, theory lessons, Small Ensemble work and full grade level rehearsals. These assignments will help us reach outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Projects: These projects will help us focus on outcomes 1-5. Several of these projects will require students to do some independent learning but assistance will always be available.

Small ensemble- Students will take part in small ensembles, which will rehearse during class time. It is highly recommended that these small ensembles also practice together at least twice a month as well. There will be a performance of all small ensembles at some point throughout the school year.

Large Ensemble- Students will be expected to take part in one large ensemble and are encouraged to take part in more than one of the ensembles that are offered.

a. - Tour Band/Festival Band-This band will attend an extra music festival, attend the elementary school tour, and take part in any school performances. Students interested in this band are to realize that this a a commitment for the full school year. Students will not be allowed to join after first term and are expected to attend rehearsals if they wish to take part in the field trips. If they are absent from more than two rehearsals (unexcused) they will not be allowed to attend field trips. Rehearsals will be Tuesday mornings at 8.

b. Jazz Band- This band will attend the elementary school tour and take part in any school performances.If students miss more than 2 rehearsals they will not be allowed to attend the field trips. Rehearsals will be Wednesday mornings at 8.

c. Pops Band- This Band will play all Pop music and will perform at the elementary school tour and all school based performances. If the opportunity arises we may do other performances.If students miss more than 2 rehearsals (unexcused) they will not be allowed to attend the field trips. Rehearsals will be Thursday mornings at 8.

2.) Composition- In small groups or as individuals, students will be composing their own short piece of music. Students will be given the opportunity to perform this work. This will be a cumulative project, and the compositions will not be complete until 3rd term.

Instrumental music assessments:

Band students will be asked to do a Technique Assessment every couple of weeks. I may or may not quiz the whole class in one period. Students will be given a list of exercises from their books and a general timeline of when they should be able to play those pieces. The Technique Assessment will be selected from the list they are given. After they complete the Assessment they will be asked to fill out a self assessment form. And important part of improving as a musician is being able to hear your own mistakes!

Rehearsal etiquette:

Rehearsal etiquette is an important part of being a member of a band. Learning how to listen to other students while they are talking and playing develops a student’s ear and helps them learn how to respect other student’s musical opinions and how to develop their own musical opinions.

Music Theory and Journals:

Music theory is important because it helps students understand how the music they are making was written and can help them learn to write music of their own. By understanding music theory much of the technique involved in playing their instrument can also become easier. At least once a month, students will be given a very short written theory assignment.


Once a month students will be expected to upload a video of themselves practicing an exercise from the list mentioned above to their google classroom. If they do not have access to a recording device (smart phone, ipad, tablet, digital camera) at home, the school has ipads and they can tape themselves here at school during lunch hour. Once they have uploaded their video Mrs. Oxford will provided some feedback via google classroom.

Things students will need for band class!

1.) Pencil, it is very important to bring a pencil (not a pen) to band class. As we progress musically we may need to change previous musical decisions!

2.) Tradition of Excellence

a. Grade seven require book one to start and require book two (blue) by Christmas.

b. Grade Eight will require book one and book two (blue).

3.) Instrument and cleaning supplies for the instrument

4.) A binder/Pocket Folder for keeping sheet music organized.

5.) A small exercise book for Journal entries. You should be able to store this in your binder.


1.) Try to practice at the same time everyday.

2.) Try to have a stand, pencil, music and instrument with you to practice.

3.) Practice somewhere that you can concentrate.

4.) Start your practice session with some warm-ups.

5.) Then move onto an exercise from your technique book. Try it slow at first and work out the rhythms and notes. Then gradually speed the exercise up. Now it is time to work on some music. Always try to work on the parts that you are having trouble with at a slow pace. If you can play it slow it is just a matter of time before you can play it at tempo.

6.) Always end your practice session on a positive note!!! Take out your favorite piece and just play through and have some fun making beautiful music!!!!


Instruments can be rented through several stores such as Long and McQuade. A limited number of instruments are available for rental through the school for a fee. If you need assistance with renting an instrument please ask Mrs. Oxford