Instrumental Music

Elementary School Music

Music is offered to all elementary school students and focuses on music concepts including steady beat, 4 voices, rhythm band, music theory, learning music through games, voice matching and performance etiquette.

Instrumental music is introduced to students beginning in third grade:

  • 3rd grade students are introduced to the recorder.
  • 4th grade students are introduced to the ukulele.
  • 5th grade students are introduced to the guitar, chords, bucket drumming.

Middle School Music

Beginning band students focus on the knowledge and ability to play an instrument as an individual, as well as participate as a member of both small and large groups. Students learn musical concepts and theory, the basics of an instrument, and responsibilities as a member of a full band.

Concert band (year 2) emphasizes a students role as a member of both small and large groups. This is accomplished by continuing to learn musical concepts and theory, more advanced techniques on an instrument, and responsibilities as a member of a full band. Performance will be emphasized.

Concert band (year 3) encourages individual musicianship and mastery of elevated music concepts, such as style, articulation, and mixed meter. Students will continue to learn musical concepts and theory and participate as a member of a full band. Performance will be emphasized.

High School Music

Symphonic Band is a performance-focused class for the instrumental musician. Students are expected to have one or more years of experience on their instruments, and should have a good background in theory as well (reading notes and rhythms, playing scales, etc). Students will have multiple performances throughout the school year. Class time will be split up between rehearsal, music history and theory, and some composition.