ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

MS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

BAND & STRINGS

Year-long courses are available for students interested in learning to play a band or string instrument in a Band or String Ensemble. 

Goals that guide these electives include:

• Development of music literacy

• Production of a characteristic tone 

• Technical development on an instrument

• Completion of the first year method book

• Performance in at least one full-ensemble concert

• Development of routine practice habits

• Appreciation of group dynamics and performances of others while working collaboratively

• Care and maintenance for their instrument 

• Development of ensemble skills

• Development of musical expression

• Development of a sense of personal satisfaction from playing an instrument


BEGINNING BAND

Beginning Band is a music course designed to teach musical concepts to students who would like to learn a band instrument through instruction on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Students may choose from one of the following instruments to play: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone (limited spaces based on tryout of instrument), trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone or percussion.

 

All instruction is done in a group setting with mixed instruments. This course starts at the very beginning; students do not have to know how to read music or how to play a band instrument to join this class. Students will be expected to practice daily, and will also be expected to perform in public.

 

Some musical instruments (flutes, clarinets, percussion kits, trombones, alto saxophones, trumpets) may be leased from the school on a 2-year “lease-to-buy” plan. Others are rented to the student for a yearly fee (tuba, baritone, tenor saxophones, oboes, bassoon). Instruments can be leased one year at a time. Prices of instruments vary depending upon the type and condition of the instrument. After 2 years, the instrument belongs to the student. 

Length of Course: One Year 

Note: Guitar, piano, and string instruments are not taught in this course.


CONCERT BAND

Concert Band is a music course designed to teach musical concepts to students through instruction on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. All instruction is done in a group setting with mixed instruments. All students in this class should have at least one year of instruction on their instrument as a prerequisite.

 

The emphasis for this course will be to continue to develop ensemble, rehearsal and musicianship skills. Students will enhance independence in reading skills, sight-reading, and music theory while becoming more self directed in the preparation of music through various styles of repertoire. This course is a performance course and all students will be expected to practice daily and participate in several public concerts during the year. 

 

Most students will already own their instruments; however, some musical instruments may be leased or rented from the school. More information is available from the instructor.

Prerequisites: One Year of previous study on the instrument.

Length of Course: One Year (may be repeated in subsequent years)

Note: Guitar, piano, and string instruments are not taught in this course.


STRINGS ENSEMBLE

This course is designed for music students who have at least one year of experience playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or contra-bass) and have a desire to improve their musical skills. This course enables students to progress by focusing on more advanced bowing and vibrato methods, expression, intonation, sight-reading and repertoire. The course will enhance students' knowledge of classical music, encourage the value of self-motivation and create practical opportunities for local public performances. This course is performance based and all students will be expected to participate in several public concerts during the year. Enrollment in one of the string ensemble electives is required to audition for the Association for Music in International School's International Honor Orchestra.

 

Students are expected to provide their own instrument, but some sources are available for instruments. Contact the music teacher for help with obtaining an instrument.

Prerequisites: One year or more of previous study on a string instrument or permission of the teacher.

Length of course: One Year

Note: Guitar and piano are not part of this course


MIXED CHOIR

This class is open to boys and girls in Grades 6, 7, and 8 regardless of musical experience or singing ability. Members of this choir will be introduced to 2-part and 3-part choral music. Singers will also learn rehearsal skills, how to read music and how to perform. Music reading is facilitated through work in the computer lab and the students record their work over the course of the year. Singers are required to bring a bottle of water to each rehearsal. The Mixed Choir will appear in a performances at various times during the school year. 

Prerequisites: None 

Length of Course: One Year