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Course Descriptions

6th Grade Band - Yearlong
Grade: 6
Cadet Band is our beginning-level woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble. Most students will begin the class on basic instruments such as the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion. In an effort to expand our instrumentation students will have the opportunity to begin oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor/baritone saxophone, baritone/euphonium and tuba. This course will review the basics of musicianship including rhythm and note reading that were learned in elementary school, then progress to include the more advanced concepts of dynamics, tempo, articulation, blend, balance and intonation. Students will learn music in a variety of genres. Participation in regularly scheduled co-curricular performances is mandatory and formal performance attire is required.

 

Jazz Band - Yearlong
Grades: 7-8
Jazz band is open to 7th and 8th grade musicians who have prior playing experience and who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass or drums. Students will learn about different styles of jazz and jazz history. Improvisation is another key component to the jazz experience. Participation in regularly scheduled co-curricular performances is mandatory and formal performance attire is required.

 

Symphonic Band - Yearlong
Grades: 7-8
Symphonic Band is our advanced wind band. Students will perform advanced literature of all styles. Emphasis will focus on technique and performance in order to prepare students for the high school ensemble. Participation in regularly scheduled co-curricular performances is mandatory and formal performance attire is required.

 

Mixed Chorus - Yearlong
Grades: 7-8
Open to all students who are interested in learning how to sing. Auditions are not required and no prior experience is necessary. Students will learn basic techniques to improve their voices, note and rhythm reading, performance skills, and self-confidence. A wide variety of music based on the changing voice will be performed. Participation in regularly scheduled performances is mandatory and formal performance attire is re
quired.

 

Orchestra - Yearlong

Grades: 6-8 String

Orchestra is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who play violin, viola, cello or string bass. We play a variety of music with an emphasis on classical literature. Beginners are welcome and there is no audition required. Participation in regularly scheduled co-curricular performances is mandatory and formal performance attire is required.

 

Band Elective

Chorus

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