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Beginning Band 6th Grade Course Overview/Objectives

Beginning 6th Grade  Band Course Overview/Objectives

Course Overview: 

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. 

Course Objectives: 

Students by the end of this course/year shall be able to:

  • Learn and Play Bb Chromatic Scale, Bb major Scale, Gm ,in one octave at 80-100 bpm. 
  • Learn and Play Arpeggios in the above scales, except chromatic. on the following chords: I, IV, V in one octave at 84-100 bpm.
  • Learn, Count and Play Rhythms that contain (Note and Rest combination): Whole Notes/Rests, Half Notes/Rests, Quarter Note/Rests, Eighth Note/Rest, Dotted Half/Rest, Dotted Quarter/Rest. Introduction into Eighth Note Triplets and count in 4/4,  3/4,  2/4, 6/8, 3/8, 2/2 or cut time. Percussion Students will be introduced to the following rudiments/rhythm: Sixteenth Note/Rest, 5,7, 9 stroke rolls, buzz rolls, flams, flam taps, paradiddle. at 84-120 bpm. 
  • Learn, Count and Play Technical and Musical exercises as assigned per rank.
  • Learn and Play Band Literature and Christmas/Traditional Literature that utilizes the above techniques. 
  • Understand, interpret and translate (so that they can play music) music notation for all the above.

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: 

  • Watching Lessons (Online or Attending In-Person at school)– Video, Interactive Videos
  • Completing and Submitting/Performing Rank Assignments On Time. 
  • Completing Assigments written or playing on time. 
  • Attending Sectionals Online (only your instrument section)
  • Attending Live Sessions/Rehearsals/Performances (with appropriate spacing, masks, etc…)

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. 

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