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EC - Grade 8 Music

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Recorder

  • Taught to all third graders as part of the general music curriculum.
  • Provides an introduction to instrumental music, note reading, and practice routines.
  • Spring concert performance in the Elementary Spring Concert.

Band and/or Strings

  • Beginner - elementary students in their first year of instruction (Strings: Grade 3, Band: Grade 4)
  • Elementary - elementary students in their second year of instruction (Grade 4, 5)
  • Concerts are given throughout the year.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Band

  • Concert Band - students rehearse twice a week and offer public performances throughout the school year.
  • Jazz Band - middle school students enrolled in band may audition for placement in this ensemble which performs in selected concerts. This group includes students who play piano, electric guitar and bass guitar.

Strings

  • Students rehearse twice a week and offer public performances throughout the school year.
  • Select Strings - middle school students enrolled in strings may audition for this small ensemble which performs for special occasions.

Handbell Choirs

  • 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students audition for placement in Advanced or Beginner Handbell Choirs.
  • Both groups perform in concerts and at community and church events.

Instrumental Ensembles

  • Small ensembles, such as percussion, woodwind, brass or string ensembles perform in concerts and in the community.

VOCAL MUSIC

5th grade: Students are introduced to a beginning choir experience where they learn to blend their voices and sing in parts which may be harmony or various styles of rounds.

Middle School: A large group comprised of middle school students will perform in a variety of venues during the first semester. Students will then have the opportunity to audition for Bella Vocce, a smaller chamber choir group, for the second semester. All students will remain in the larger group for the school year.