Band is open to fifth and sixth grade students. Fifth graders participate in beginning band and sixth graders in intermediate band. Students learn to read music and play their particular instrument of choice. Practice outside the school day is required to develop the skills necessary to be a productive member of the band.
It is expected that band members maintain average or above average grades and are willing to put forth the effort necessary to grow and develop their musical skills.
Each band meets twice per week during the school day. There are district and building level concerts throughout the school year. Performances are open to the public.
In strings, students learn the basics of musicianship (posture, technique, tone production, music reading, and ensemble playing) that will set them up for success for middle school orchestra and beyond. Students who participate in music ensembles learn vital communication, collaboration, and problem solving skills that will help them succeed in and outside of the music classroom. We also have fun together - and that’s important too. Creating music has been an important part of all human cultures for almost as long as humans have existed. We use music to help us celebrate joyful occasions and to help us mourn when we have lost. It is important that all children have the opportunity to learn how to express themselves though music.
Strings is open to 5th and 6th grade musicians. Students in strings can choose to play the violin, viola, or cello. We meet for two thirty minute classes per week and it is recommended that students practice at home. Fifteen minutes of practice for five days or more per week is usually enough for students to make good progress in elementary strings. We hold several concerts per year and you are welcome to watch us play any time.