GRADE 6, 7, & 8: Concert Band Class & Jazz Band Class

Syllabus/course overview

This course concentrates on developing instrumental techniques and blending individual skills with those of other members of the band. Students are encouraged to attend sectional periods in addition to the mandatory band rehearsals.
Emphasis is placed on music fundamentals, technique, performance and musicianship, and the development of leadership skills. Students will participate in several required concerts including one winter and one Spring Concert.
Since music is first and foremost a performing art, performance-oriented classes allow students to directly experience the artistic intent of the composer and the art of music.
The specific aim of the Concert Band program is to enable students to communicate effectively through instrumental music and to understand and value a variety of musical expressions throughout life.
By participating in the band program, students will:
By participating in the Concert Band students will meet the following standards set forth by MENC [The National Music Educators Conference]:
¨ Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.¨ Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.¨ Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.¨ Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines. ¨ Readingand notating music. ¨ Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.¨ Evaluating music and music performances. ¨ Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. ¨ Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
Students enrolled in this course will…
-Continue like-instrument lessons on the brass, percussion, string or woodwind instrument of choice (or voice part)
-Perform appropriately with other students as part of large and small ensembles
-Perform throughout a growing range with a focused tone characteristic of the instrument played (or vocal part sung))
-Perform musically with accurate pitch, rhythm, articulation, phrasing and dynamics
-Perform with correct posture, breath control and hand position
-Perform as a soloist or member of a small ensemble for others in classroom or performance settings
-Perform with increasing technique including chromatics and accidentals
-Demonstrate competence in the basics of musical language: Scales, Chords and Rudiments
-Follow and correctly interpret conducting gestures
-Perform music of a higher level of sophistication

Student Responsibilities

Attendance is required at all Large Ensemble Rehearsals and all Concerts.

Attendance at Sectional Lessons is STRONGLY encouraged. The schedule for lessons is posted on the wiki-page. Due to the pull-out structure of the lessons, students are not graded on lesson attendance, but are strongly encourage to attend as many lessons as possible per month.

Students are responsible for taking their Quarterly Assessment Test, when applicable.

Large Ensemble Rehearsal



To introduce and rehearse concepts that are “broad based” that when understood, lead to ensemble cohesiveness in performance.

Ensemble Balance, Ensemble Blend, Dynamics, Intonation, Nuance and Phrasing

Sectional Lesson



To introduce and “fine tune” concepts leading to technical proficiency and overall musicianship of the individual performer, be they instrumental or vocal.

Articulation, Posture, Hand Position, Bowing, Fingerings, Rhythmic Notation, Rudimental Exercises (Percussion), In-depth theoretical studies.

The information clearly shows that the ensemble setting is very different from the small group setting in that, although many aspects of the various components overlap, the small group setting is designed to teach different things. The ensemble setting is designed to take those things and incorporate them into the whole.

Because of this, it is extremely important that each director maintain the opportunity to asses his or her student’s progress, even those who study privately, beyond the ‘normal’ ensemble setting.

1-Students will be given a grade for their attendance, preparedness and contribution at each Large Ensemble meeting and Concerts.
2-Each member of any SRMS Performing Ensemble will receive a quarterly assessment of the skills that they have improved or mastered. The requirements for the assessment will be tailored to each student’s ability, when applicable.
3-Each student is required to attend all Concerts and performances of the Large Ensemble.