Beginning 6th Grade Band Course Overview/Objectives
We will be learning and playing a myriad of styles this semester. Due to the COVID-19 situation it is necessary for a shift in traditional brick and mortar and adapt to a hybrid (online and traditional) approach to learning and teaching. So, the learning approach will be much more focus on individual playing rather than ensemble playing at the start of the school year. We will still have band but in a different aspect. The goal is always the same: to make music, improve our skills, to be an outreach to the community and to help each other during this unprecedented time in our history. Since this is students first year in band, this course will focus on taking care of the instrument, breathing, forming the appropriate embouchure/sticking that will help students be successful on the instrument of their choice, reading and interpreting music notation and basic playing skills.
65% of the student’s music grade comes from individual performance(ranks) and practice logs.
The other 35% of the student’s music grade comes from ensemble performance in the form of concerts.
Students by the end of this course/year shall be able to:
By the end of this course students should be able to sight-read a grade 1 piece of music and perform at a grade 1-2 level.
NOTE: Music is graded from really easy to extremely difficult (both technically and musically). The easiest is grade 1 – the hardest grade is grade 6. Grade 6 is what professional bands/orchestras play.
Score is determined by the following:
Individual: (65% of score)
35% Student Individual Assignments Performance/Submitted(Ranks)
15% Attendance at Zoom Session Sectionals (One per week),
15% Practice Log (One Per Week)
Ensemble: (35% of score)
35% Performances ( Christmas, Spring Concerts, Projects)
NOTE: However, if school reverts to completely online like it did last semester; performances will turn into projects that you can submit online through your chromebook.