This is a year-long course open to all 6th grade students and any 7th and 8th graders who are just learning to play an instrument. Beginning Band is a class where students learn to play a band instrument in a band rehearsal setting. The Beginning Band will perform in four concerts each year(one at the end of each grading period) and will play a variety of music representative of the many different styles typical in the band literature. Furthermore, students will learn the skills necessary for reading music, music vocabulary, and basic music theory. As participants in a band, students can also expect to improve in the areas of self-confidence, fine motor coordination, self-discipline, and cooperation/teamwork. By enrolling in this course, the student is obligated to participate in all scheduled performances and practice at least one hour per week outside of class time. Students playing a wind instrument should purchase a metronome/tuner (I recommend the Korg TM40). This device will greatly enhance the effectiveness and enjoyment of the individual practice experience at home.
Please refer to the MEMS Band and Choir Handbook for further details on grading, concert attire, and other important details.