In the Middle School instrumental program, students are given a hands-on approach to understanding and performing basic concert band music. As part of the academic curriculum, band teaches students the importance of discipline, practice, and teamwork in the performing arts. In turn, instrumental music plays an important role in the development of the students’ social and creative skills.
Middle School instrumental music can be divided into three stages. In 5th grade, those students who have not previously studied a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument are evaluated and recommended an instrument for study. Basic skills are emphasized in early training.
In 6th and 7th grade, students begin to apply the skills they have developed, and study moderate level concert band literature. Scales and chord studies take on a more serious and demanding role in the study of music at this stage.
When musicians reach 8th grade, the third stage of musical growth occurs. Boys begin to perform difficult arrangements of appropriate level concert band literature. More advanced students can study basic blues and improvisation skills in a jazz band program.