Intermediate Band Grades 7-8

Intermediate Band is an instrumental performing group at the elementary school level which is open to students of the skill level determined by the instructor.

    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 2-3 on a scale of 1-6.
1-4   b. Develop nuances of music notation, style, and interpretation.
1-3, 5   c. Perform an appropriate part in small and large ensembles.
1-3, 5   d. Perform in small ensembles with one or more students on a part.
1-3 1 e. Demonstrate ability to read an instrumental score, including sixteenth notes and rests in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 3/8, 6/8, and ala breve meter signatures.
1-3   f. Sight-read accurately, music with a difficulty level of 2 on a scale of 1-6.
1, 3, 4   g. Improvise simple harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic embellishments and/or variations on pentatonic and major key melodies.
1, 3, 4   h. Improvise short melodies, with and without accompaniments.
1, 3, 4   i. Compose and arrange short pieces within specified guidelines.
7968j. Investigate careers in music fields.
7968k. Investigate careers and contributions of famous composers and instrumentalists.
1, 5   l. Perform in scheduled concerts, festivals, and other musical events.
    History and Culture
1-31-3, 6, 71 a. Experience and perform a variety of music of various eras, styles, and forms.
1, 3, 41-3,5-71, 25b. Describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures.
1, 3, 41-3, 6, 71, 25c. Classify by style and historical period a variety of musical works, explaining the characteristics that make each work high quality.
1, 3, 41-4, 615d. Identify various roles that musicians perform in society, describing their activities and achievements.

* Prerequisite: Beginning Band and/or permission of instructor

    Evaluation and Analysis
3, 5   a. Recognize and demonstrate individual competency in an ensemble setting.
1-3   b. Demonstrate proper care and maintenance of instruments.
1-3 1 c. Further develop knowledge of music notations: note and rest values, articulations, simple meters and rhythms, dynamics, tempos, note names, time and key signatures, scales, etc.
362-42d. Evaluate a performance or composition by comparing it to similar or exemplary models.
31-3,6-81, 2 e. Identify and explain differences and similarities in a variety of recorded music representing diverse genres and cultures.
3 1-4 f. Develop criteria for evaluating the quality of performances and compositions.
    Aesthetic Perception
1-3   a. Develop and maintain an individual practice discipline for self-enrichment.
4, 61-3, 51, 2 b. Explain two or more characteristics of two or more arts in a particular historical period.
   2, 5c. Attend various musical events.

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

* Prerequisite: Beginning Band and/or permission of instructor