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Music

Band & Orchestra

Music students use a musical instrument to explore the concepts of Music Theory, Literacy, Performance, History, Cultural Context, Analysis, Evaluation, Critique and Aesthetics. Our program offers instruction at the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Levels.

Class Descriptions:

The Beginning Level of Band & Orchestra enables student to begin receiving instruction on wind, percussion, or string instruments with guidance from the music teacher. Students demonstrate proper care of the instrument and become familiar with the technology of the instrument. They demonstrate basic positions, fingerings, and tone production, and they count, read, and perform music at Grade Levels 1 and 2 of the VBODA. Students begin to describe, respond to, interpret, and evaluate works of music and create basic variations of simple melodies. They investigate career options in music. Student use a method book. Students are provided with opportunities to participate in local, district, and regional events.

The Intermediate Level of Band & Orchestra enables students to continue to develop basic musicianship and music literacy. Students use more articulations and bowing, perform scales and music in a wider range of keys, and perform music at Grade Levels 1-3 of the VBODA. Ensemble skills become more developed. Through playing and writing, students create melodic variations. Students compare and contrast career options in music. They describe musical concepts , respond to music, investigate the relationship of music to other disciplines, and analyze various cultures, musical styles, composers, and historical periods. Students are provided with opportunities to participate in local, district, and regional events.

The Advanced Level of band & Orchestra enables students to acquire more advanced technical and expressive skills and demonstrate a mature level of musicianship. Students demonstrate a variety of articulations, bowing, positions, alternate fingerings, and vibrato while playing the required scales, arpeggios, and rudiments in more complex rhythmic patterns. Percussion students become more proficient in the use of mallet instruments, timpani, and auxiliary instruments. Through playing and writing, students create expressive rhythmic and melodic variations. Students research career options in music. They perform music at Grade Levels 2-4 of the VBODA. Students discuss and evaluate characteristics of personal performances and compositions, as well as the works of others. Students are provided with opportunities to participate in local, district, and regional events.

Questions, please contact Mr. Bruce Person at bruce_person@ccpsnet.net

Chorus

In chorus, students learn to read, write, and notate music using music theory concepts and perform music from a variety of music styles, composers, cultural influences, and

historical periods. Students develop choral skills, including singing in unison and harmony, with emphasis on vocal production techniques and ensemble performance. Students apply emerging music skills to create and notate original work. Through the collaborative environment of the choral setting, students develop an understanding of teamwork and leadership skills and develop an understanding of appropriate performance and audience etiquette. Opportunities are provided for students to participate in local, district, and regional music events as appropriate to level, ability, and interest.

Taught by Ms. Kirby