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Instrumental Music Course Description

Music, as a universal language, is a basic expression of human beings. Music provides opportunities for and expression of feeling, a discovery of what the self is like, and builds bridges of understanding, respect, and appreciation between individuals and groups in ways that no other part of the educational experience can duplicate. Every child should have the opportunity to explore and develop his/her abilities to perform, create, listen, and understand music.

Performing Band

The Performing Band is open to any student who plays a wind instrument through an audition process and aims to develop understanding and appreciation of the musical art form through the performance of quality band literature. This class is designed to extend the individual contribution of band students to the advanced level. Through increased sophistication in understanding and advanced technical skill, students will be challenged with some of the most difficult and representative literature available to the band medium. Students will have not only the aesthetic experience of making music, but also the rewards intrinsic to any type of performance. In addition to the study of band literature students will learn major, minor and chromatic scales, arpeggios, rhythmic exercises, and sight-reading.

Advanced Orchestra


Advanced Orchestra is consisted of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who are demonstrating an advanced level of string playing.   Advanced techniques of bowing, fingering, third position, and tone production are pursued through the study of music ranging from Early Baroque through contemporary styles.  The course helps students develop technical, ensemble, and disciplinary skills necessary for refined rehearsal and performance both in and out of school.   

Jazz Band

      Jazz Ensemble is a select group of musicians chosen to participate in the exploration of a genre of music who meets five days a week, during 0 period.  The Jazz Ensemble studies the only uniquely American art form, jazz music.  Particular emphasis is placed on developing skills in improvisation.  Various styles of jazz music are studied including swing, blues, funk and Latin jazz. Not only will we perform jazz music, but also study the history of jazz music through performance, listening, and written assignments.   The course is co-curricular, including participation in concerts, clinics, festivals and contests outside the school day.

Jazz 1 Jazz 2



Marching Percussion is an audition-based class that will offer students a well-rounded approach to learning percussion while developing their general musicianship skills.  Specifically, students will have the opportunity to develop in all areas of percussion including note reading, snare drum, timpani, mallets, and auxiliary instruments.  It is hoped that the amount of individualized attention and focused instruction, which the students will be receiving, will result in more positive and rewarding musical experiences.


Intermediate Band

The Intermediate Band is predominantly 6th graders but open to any student who plays a wind instrument and who has one or more years experience. This class is designed to further develop performance techniques on traditional band instruments at an intermediate level. Areas of instruction will include: instrument care; detailed instruction on breathing and tone production; fundamental study of notation and theory; and music analysis and interpretation. Students will be exposed to larger and more complex forms of music through ensemble performance.  The Intermediate Band is designed as a preparation for Performing Band.


Intermediate Orchestra

Intermediate Orchestra is primarily comprised of sixth graders who have had one year of string instruction.  This class provides the opportunity for students to continue learning an orchestra instrument and helps students appreciate the relationships between music, other arts, and society. Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music, which develops skills in tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, analyzing music, and studying historically significant styles of literature.