5th Grade Information
Intermediate band is a great way to not only learn how to play an instrument, but to also make great friends and be a part of a winning organization. Everyone in our band program starts off in one of our beginner band classes where they learn the very basics of both their particular instrument as well as understanding how to read and comprehend music.
It is more than okay if you have never played an instrument or read music before joining the band!
If you are currently in 5th grade, make sure you put band as your 1st elective choice on your choice sheet for 6th grade.
In order to be part of our band and a Future Member of the Clear Brook Band & Clear Lake Band, band must begin in the 6th grade year.
Each spring, we host an instrument selection day for our incoming band students. This is an opportunity to meet the band directors, some of our private lesson teachers, and to see what your instrument options are! Here we will be able to see which instrument you enjoy the most and also which is best suited for you. Once you are placed on an instrument, we will enroll you in the class and give you the materials list of what you will need for the class. Students are expected to have all materials on the first day of school; we recommend doing this as soon as possible!
Here is some general information about the band program that might help answer some of your questions:
- No prior musical experience is necessary.
- There are no outside of school commitments in 6th grade.
- Students can be in band AND athletics
- There are 2-3 concerts a year
- Classes meet daily and are grouped by like instruments.
As your child progresses through our program to a 7th and 8th grade performing band, they will also get to perform in many concerts, compete in full band contests as well as individual competitions, and go on fun and exciting trips. Overall, band is a great learning experience and better yet, it is a lot of fun!
Frequently Asked Questions
What instruments do we offer?
- French Horn
How do I sign-up for band?
Select Band as your FIRST choice elective on your course request card
Attend our Parent Meeting: April 14th, 2020 (Tuesday) 6:30 PM
Instrument Selection Day scheduled for this school year:
April 18th, 2020 (Saturday)
What if I’m not sure about band?
We truly believe that there is a place for everyone in our band program and we would love for you to come try out instruments and meet the directors to see if it’s something you want to try.
Can I do band and other activities?
Yes! We have band students who are cheerleaders, football players, theater students, choir students, student council members, basketball players, karate ninjas, dancers, and so much more. We are always working with coaches and fellow teachers to make sure kids can participate fully in every activity they are in.
What is a “like-instrument” class?
In order to truly learn about your instrument during that first year, classes are divided by instrument for optimal learning. (i.e. trombones with trombones, flutes with flutes)
Will this cost money?
There are some instruments that Clear Creek ISD helps provide because of their large cost and others that we ask families to rent through “rent to own” programs using our approved companies. These companies will be at instrument selection day to show you the exact cost and help you in any way possible.
Will there be before/after school obligations?
During the 6th grade year, there are very few obligations outside of school. They participate in 2 concerts a year and do not have any regular practices before/after school. We want to ensure that they focus on their studies during their transition into junior high.
Why should I join band?
Learning a band instrument teaches students valuable life lessons.
- learn how to be more personally responsible.
- learn how to organize your time to achieve a goal.
- learn how to work as a team toward common goal.
- learn how to think critically about themselves and their learning.
- learn how to analyze and react to what they see, hear, and feel.
- learn how to adapt quickly to changing situations during a performance.
- learn how to respond appropriately to failures and successes.
- learn the value and reward of focused, goal-oriented work
- be challenged, intellectually and personally.
- experience the joy and excitement of performing music.
- HAVE FUN!!!
Also, there's a significant amount of research to suggest that arts education prepares students to become more successful participants in the workforce.
Here are a few links to some articles/studies:
Music Students Don't Just Learn Notes (One-page PDF championing the value of music education, including a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.)
Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts (Washington Post 2013 article outlining skills learned through arts education essential for success in academia and life.)
Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts (One-page PDF of key points in the Washington Post 2013 article linked above, published in September 2015 Southwestern Musician.Contact TMEA if you need a high-resolution ver.)
STEM Vs. STEAM (One-pager with multiple sources championing the integration of the arts into the STEM curriculum.)
The Benefits of Music Education (An Overview of Current Neuroscience Research as published by The Royal Conservatory)
All-State SAT Results (All-State musicians' scores compared to state and national averages)
National SAT Results (Students who study music consistently score higher than those without this study)
Learning, Arts, & The Brain (Summary of Dana Foundation Consortium report correlating arts study and improved cognition)
Creativity in 21st Century Workforce Preparation (Summary of 2009 Senate/House Dialogue with Dan Pink and other industry leaders)
Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind (November 2010 Scientific American article supporting music in the school because of its affect on the brain)
Voices in the Arts(2010 College Board publication offering a variety of perspectives on the importance of arts in education)
Opting for Creativity (2008 Newsweek Article on China's academic evolution to inspire creativity in school)
And then there's this!
That's right! A symphony orchestra comprised mostly of DOCTORS and health care professionals who just happen to play instruments!
Fun Fact: Mr. Andrada performs with this orchestra!!