Band

Band Website
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Beginning

At San Elijo Middle School, all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in music through our band program. Students who choose band will focus on learning a woodwind (flute, clarinet, and saxophone), brass (trumpet and trombone), or percussion instrument. Curriculum will follow the national arts standards. The textbook we follow is a music method book called Essential Elements of Instruction Book 1. We supplement instruction with sheet music to reinforce the concepts learned in the method book such as rhythm, dynamics, articulation, and artistic expression. Students will also learn about famous composers past and present. Beginning Band will perform three concerts to demonstrate their learning. These are the Turkey Concert in November, the Coffee Concert in March, and the Spring Concert in May. Through band, students learn how to be a musician, through an environment of growth, inclusion, and education. They hone multitasking and organization skills, develop friendships and teamwork, as well as, become part of a larger multicultural music community.

Concert

This 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Ensemble is a continuation of Beginning Band. In Concert Band, we continue to refine the skills learned in beginning band while adding more complex skills through different repertoire. Students do not use a textbook, but rather use sheet music rated by the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). Students prepare and perform this music for judges in an adjudicated festival. They are rated based on the musical standards for their appropriate level of musicianship. Concert Band students perform 4 required concerts; Turkey Concert in November, Pre Festival in February, Festival in March, and the Spring Concert in May. Other optional performances include a Disneyland Workshop (8th grade), participation in Solo and Ensemble, and a Music in the Parks Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm. The prerequisite for this class is 1 year of experience on their instrument. There is no audition required for this group; however if the student is a 6th grader, an assessment of skills will be done to determine appropriate placement.

Advanced
This 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Ensemble is a continuation of Beginning Band but with more rigor. In Golden Eagle Band, we continue to refine the skills learned in Beginning Band while adding more complex skills through different, more challenging repertoire. Students do not use a textbook, but rather use sheet music rated by the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). Students prepare and perform this music for judges in an adjudicated festival. They are rated based on the musical standards for their appropriate level of musicianship. Golden Eagle Band students perform 4 required concerts; Turkey Concert in November, Pre Festival in February, Festival in March, and the Spring Concert in May. Other optional performances include a Disneyland Workshop (8th grade), participation in Solo and Ensemble, and a Music in the Parks Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm. The prerequisite for this class is having 1 year of experience on their instrument. There is an audition of some major scales and a prepared solo for this group.

Wind Ensemble

This Ensemble is for the most advanced musicians. In Wind Symphony, students are expected to already know their 12 major scales. Students do not use a textbook, but rather use sheet music rated by the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). Some of this music is high school level. Students are expected to practice on their own and use class time for group rehearsal. Students prepare and perform this music for judges in an adjudicated festival. They are rated based on the musical standards for their appropriate level of musicianship. Wind Symphony students perform 4 required concerts; Turkey Concert in November, Pre Festival in February, Festival in March, and the Spring Concert in May. Other optional performances include a Disneyland Workshop (8th grade), participation in Solo and Ensemble, and a Music in the Parks Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm. The prerequisite for this class is having at least 1 year of experience on their instrument. There is a rigorous audition of all 12 major scales and a prepared solo for this group.
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