Beginning Band Grades 7-8

This course is open to all students who wish to learn to play a band instrument. Students will gain knowledge of and learn basic skills on band instruments as well as learn the general elements of music.

    Performing and Creating
1-4   a. Play instruments with proper posture, articulations, fingerings, and embouchure; perform with expression and technical accuracy a variety of repertoire at a difficulty level of 1 to 2, on a scale of 1-6.
1-4   b. Learn the fundamentals of music notations: note and rest names and values, articulations, simple meters, rhythm, dynamics, tempos, time and key signatures, scales, etc.
1-3, 5   c. Perform an appropriate part in small and large ensembles.
1-3, 5   d. Perform in ensembles with more than one student on a part.
1-3   e. Demonstrate ability to read an instrumental score, including whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes and rests in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and 6/8-meter signatures.
1-3   f. Accurately sight-read music with a difficulty level of 1 on a scale of 1-6.
1-3   g. Identify and define standard notation symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression.
1-3, 4   h. Compose and arrange simple melodies for 1-2 instruments.
7968i. Investigate careers in music fields.
1, 5   j. Perform in scheduled concerts, festivals, and other musical events.
7968k. Investigate careers and contributions of famous composers and instrumentalists.
    History and Culture
 1, 2  a. Experience and perform a variety of music of various eras, styles, and forms.
 1-3 5, 6b. Identify by genre or style, historical period or culture, unfamiliar but representative aural examples of music.
 4  c. Identify various roles that musicians perform.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

    Evaluation and Analysis
1, 4   a. Demonstrate proper care and maintenance of instruments.
1-3 1 b. Recognize and demonstrate individual competency in an ensemble setting.
461-42c. Evaluate a performance or composition by comparing it to similar or exemplary models.
2, 41-3, 61-42d. Identify and explain differences and similarities in a variety of recorded music representing diverse genres and cultures.
  1, 2, 42e. Develop criteria for evaluating the quality of performances and compositions.
  1-42f. Evaluate performances and compositions by comparing to exemplary or similar models.
    Aesthetic Perception
1-4   a. Develop and maintain an individual practice discipline for self-enrichment.
61-81, 26-8b. Explain two or more characteristics of two or more arts in a particular historical and/or cultural period.
   2, 5c. Attend various musical events.

• Concert performance
• Mastery of assigned literature
• Participation
• Practice reports
• Progress reports
• Rehearsal discipline
• Self-evaluation
• Teacher evaluation of overall performances
• Technical proficiency

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor