This is a hands on, activity oriented class. Major units of study include: playing recorder flutes, vocal technique, class singing as well as basic music theory and listening analysis.
Students also learn to write song lyrics, compose short, musical compositions, perform musical plays, and work with computer music programs.
Students are graded in four ways; Class Participation, Foundational Skills (Performance Learning Checks), Assessments (Written Assessments in Theory and Listening), Tests/Projects (larger/longer Assessments in Performance Skills as well as written Theory and Listening Analysis Tests).
There is no homework. Students simply need to come to class with a pencil and a positive attitude. Every student is given the opportunity to develop music skills in a safe, positive environment.
This is a class designed to develop basic piano/keyboard skills. Students learn the basics of keyboard technique and music theory. They play a variety of keyboard music; folk songs, classical, blues, and popular music. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Winter and Spring Concerts.
Students receive grades in four ways; Class Participation, Foundational Skills (Performance Learning Checks), Assessments (Written Assessments in Music Theory and Listening Analysis), Tests/Projects (larger/longer Assessments in Performance Skills as well as written Theory and Listening Analysis Tests).
Students should walk away from the class knowing how to read music and be able to play a variety of songs and musical pieces.
BEGINNER BAND and ADVANCED BAND
BEGINNER BAND is a first year, introduction class. Students develop basic skills on an instrument as well as rudimentary skills in learning to play with a musical ensemble. Students also learn about basic music theory and develop listening skills. BEGINNER BAND students participate in both the Winter and Spring Concerts.
ADVANCED BAND is a more advanced class for second and third year band students. Students continue to develop individual skills on their instrument as well as ensemble playing skills. The music is more varied and complex than in BEGINNER BAND. In addition to technical demands on their instrument, students are expected to develop a thorough knowledge of Music Notation Theory as well as Listening Skills. There are mandatory performances and events throughout the school year that all students are expected to attend.
All students must have an instrument. Parents and students are encouraged to take advantage of an inexpensive, rent to own program through Hoggtowne Music. In addition, every student must purchase a Method Book as well as supplies needed for their particular instrument. These supplies are listed in the Band Handbook distributed to students at the beginning of the school year. For students who cannot afford to rent or purchase an instrument, the school has a limited number of instruments for students to use. However, students who use school instruments typically play instruments the school has available, which are not always instruments of students choice. In addition, school instruments are typically not allowed to be taken home for additional practice.
BEGINNER and ADVANCED BAND students are graded in four ways:
- Class Participation and Preparation.
- Foundational Skills (Technique on Instruments),
- Assessments (Music Theory)
- Tests/Projects ( Performance Tests and Concert Performances).
Band students develop skills on an instrument, the ability to play with an ensemble, and a thorough understanding of Music Notation Theory. Students also develop self discipline, self confidence, and the ability to work as part of a team. Many of our students go on to play in high school, continuing to make music a part of their lives.