Middle School Band
Band class for fifth- and sixth-graders is a 12-week hands-on experience with each student choosing a band instrument and learning the fundamentals of playing that instrument. The curriculum focuses on learning notes, tone quality, rhythm and musicality. At the end of each 12-week rotation, fifth- and sixth-grade band students perform an evening program for parents.
For seventh- and eighth-grade band students, class is a full-year course, with the bands meeting five out of seven rotational days. Each band works on age-appropriate selections with emphasis on tone, rhythm, dynamics, ensemble and overall musicianship. Each student continues to improve on technique and skills through daily drills in class, including scale and chord studies.
The seventh- and eighth-grade bands typically perform two daytime assemblies and three evening concerts during the year. For more than a decade, one of the seventh-grade band's concerts is in collaboration with New Horizons Band, a program at Duke University that offers offers music experiences to people 50 years and older (learn more about the partnership in this video).