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Sixth Grade Orchestra

Sixth Grade Orchestra is a musical ensemble with public performance as the primary goal. Students will work on individual instrumental technique, as well as ensemble technique. Students will also learn about music, composition, theory and history through study of the concert music selections. Opportunities exist to participate in various honors ensembles and groups throughout the year. Students must currently participate in the fifth grade orchestra or pass an audition with the orchestra director to participate. The orchestra performs three concerts every school year. Attendance and participation at these concerts is mandatory. This ensemble rehearses every other day plus one (1) full rehearsal per week during tutorial.

Sixth Grade Chorus

Sixth grade students may elect to take part in the chorus. Vocalists will perform music of various cultures throughout history, while learning about vocal production, singing in unison, 2-part harmony and singing in languages other than English. Chorus students will have written and singing assessments throughout the course. These assessments will be used to help the students improve note reading, singing, and general musicality. Chorus students will meet on an every other day basis. Chorus members’ participation is mandatory in three (3) concerts during the school year.

Beginner's Band - Grade 6

Sixth Grade Beginner’s Band is a music course selection for students who have no previous band experience. Emphasis will include study of instrument technique, music theory, ear training and rhythm training. Students must be prepared for class with instrument, music, and pencil. The instrument must be rented, borrowed or purchased prior to the beginning of the course. Students will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 75 out-of-school practice minutes per week. The performance goal for this course is participation in the May concert.

Sixth Grade Band

Sixth Grade Band is a music course selection that has quality musical performance as a primary objective. This course is designed to improve a student’s proficiency on a band instrument (woodwind, brass, percussion) with an emphasis on performance in a large group. Personal musicianship is developed through ear training, rhythm training, interpretation of dynamics, and listening. Core goals of ensemble work are to encourage creativity and self-expression, support instrument development and provide an atmosphere that fosters positive self-esteem.

Attendance at all performances is required. This ensemble rehearses every other day plus one (1) full rehearsal per week during tutorial. Membership is open only to students with elementary band experience or teacher recommendation.

Beginner's Strings - Grade 6

Sixth Grade Beginner’s Strings is a music course selection for students who have no previous strings experience. Emphasis will include study of instrument technique, music theory, ear training and rhythm training. Students must be prepared for class with instrument, music and pencil. The instrument must be rented, borrowed or purchased prior to the beginning of the course. Students will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 75 out-of-school practice minutes per week. The performance goal for this course is participation in the May concert.

Music for Life - Grade 6

Music for Life is required for sixth graders who are not enrolled in a performance ensemble. This course is designed to give students an overall understanding of music and provide ensemble experience in World Drumming. An appreciation and comprehension of music from all time periods is the primary objective. Music for Life will meet every other day.

Seventh Grade Orchestra  

Seventh Grade Orchestra is a musical ensemble with public performance as the primary goal. Students will work on individual instrumental technique, as well as ensemble technique. Students will also learn about music composition, theory and history through study of the concert music selections. Opportunities exist to participate in various honors ensembles and groups throughout the year.

Students must currently participate in the sixth grade orchestra or pass an audition with the orchestra director to participate. The orchestra performs three concerts every school year. Attendance and participation at these concerts is mandatory. This ensemble rehearses every other day plus one (1) full ensemble rehearsal per week during tutorial.

Seventh Grade Chorus

Seventh grade students may elect to take part in the chorus. Vocalists will perform music of various cultures throughout history, while learning about vocal production, singing in unison, 2-part and 3-part harmony, and singing in languages other than English. Chorus students will have written and singing assessments throughout the course. These assessments will be used to help the students improve note reading, singing, and general musicality.   Chorus students will meet on an every other day basis. Chorus members’ participation is mandatory in three (3) concerts during the school year.

The Show Choir is introduced in seventh grade. Show Choir will meet one morning a week from 7:00-7:45 a.m. Participation is by audition only. Members must be participating in a school chorus class to be able to participate in Show Choir.

Seventh Grade Band

The Seventh Grade Band is a music course selection that has quality musical performance as a primary objective. This course is designed to improve a student’s proficiency on a band instrument (woodwind, brass, percussion) with an emphasis on performance in a large group. Personal musicianship is developed through ear training, rhythm training, interpretation of dynamics, and listening. Core goals of ensemble work are to encourage creativity and self-expression, support instrumental development and provide an atmosphere that fosters positive self-esteem.

Attendance at all performances is required. This ensemble rehearses every other day plus one (1) full ensemble rehearsal per week during tutorial.

The jazz band is introduced in seventh grade. Jazz band will meet one morning a week from 7:00-7:45 a.m. Participation is by audition only. Small sectional rehearsals are also provided as needed. Membership is open to students with previous Middle School band experience or director recommendation.

Music for Life - Grade 7

Music for Life is required for seventh graders who are not enrolled in a performance ensemble. This course is designed to give students an overall understanding of music, and provide ensemble experience in World Drumming. An appreciation and comprehension of music from all time periods is the primary objective. Music for Life will meet every other day.

Eighth Grade Orchestra

Eighth Grade Orchestra is a musical ensemble with public performance as the primary goal. Students will work on individual instrumental technique, as well as ensemble technique. Students will also learn about music composition, theory and history through study of the concert music selections. Opportunities exist to participate in various honors ensembles and groups throughout the year.

Students must currently participate in the seventh grade orchestra or pass an audition with the orchestra director to participate. The orchestra performs three concerts every school year. Attendance and participation at these concerts is mandatory. This ensemble rehearses five (5) days per week.

Eighth Grade Chorus

Eighth grade students may elect to take part in the chorus. Vocalists will perform music of various cultures throughout history, often singing in languages other than English, while learning about vocal production, singing in 3-part and 4-part harmony and communicating as part of a vocal ensemble. Chorus students will have written and singing assessments throughout the course. These assessments will be used to help the students improve note reading, singing, and general musicality. Chorus students will meet five (5) days a week. Chorus members’ participation is mandatory in three (3) concerts during the school year. Opportunities for participation in additional vocal ensembles will be made available to qualifying students.

The Show Choir is continued in eighth grade. Show Choir will meet one morning a week from 7:00-7:45 a.m. Participation is by audition only. Members must be participating in a school chorus class to be able to participate in Show Choir.

Eighth Grade Band

The Eighth Grade Band is a music course selection that has quality musical performance as a primary objective. While the development of the individual’s music performance will continue to be emphasized, greater emphasis will be placed on the quality of the ensemble. Personal musicianship is developed through ear training, rhythm training, interpretation of dynamics, and listening. Core goals of ensemble work will include balance, agreement in articulation, ensemble expression and group intonation.

Attendance at all performances is required. This ensemble rehearses five (5) days per week.

The Jazz Band is further developed in eighth grade. Participation is by audition only. Small sectional rehearsals are also provided as needed. Various honors band opportunities are expanded during the eighth grade year. Membership is open to students with previous Middle School band experience or director recommendation.

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