WEst Deptford Middle School Band

Mrs. Graff's Mission and Philosophy

As your Middle School Band Director, I am dedicated to nurturing the whole musician, one who can hear, feel, understand, appreciate and create music. Every band student should leave band class with an everlasting appreciation and love for music making.

In band we learn so much more than just notes and rhythms on a page. During the preparation for our concerts we talk about music as an expression of human emotion and feeling. We analyze the structures of music but also the meaning and purpose behind the composer's composition. I want my students to be able to evaluate and refine their own musical creations, articulate why they may or may not enjoy a piece of music, and appreciate the intent of the artist or composer.

Band students will discover the different roles they play in a musical ensemble. Music reinforces teamwork, demands self-discipline, and challenges creativity. Students will learn how to listen within an ensemble, and will learn to understand where their part fits into the group. Music helps develop determination and perseverance because it often takes more than two or three tries to learn a musical pattern, memorize a sequence or play in tune with others.

In band we will focus on we rather than me, a skill that develops empathy and compassion. We are a team and it takes teamwork for a musical ensemble to sound good and it takes true commitment to master the art and beauty of music.

When children learn to listen and work as a musical unit, aesthetic moments can be experienced and I try my best to help my students experience authentic musical moments. Band also gives your child a safe place to be themselves, express their unique and creative ideas and give them a place to meet friends in a fun and uplifting environment

My ultimate goal as band director is to foster my students aptitude for music, guide them through rich musical experiences and share with them a lifelong love and passion for music making.

Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Graff

West Deptford Middle School Band Director