Band

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Course Descriptions

5th Grade Music Introduction (Quarter 1)

All 5th grade students will rotate through Band, Choir, and Orchestra during Quarter 1. Students will learn basic music literacy skills and gain fundamental skills on all instruments. After an introduction to all three music classes, students will select one music class for the remainder of the school year.

 
5th Grade Beginning Band (Quarters 2-4)

Students will learn and improve on musical literacy skills, proper playing and practicing habits, rehearsal etiquette, and make daily physical progress on a musical instrument. Students are expected to perform 2 evening concerts, and have the opportunity to perform at 1 Saturday festival.

 
6th Grade Beginning Band (Year Long)

Students will learn and improve on musical literacy skills, proper playing and practicing habits, rehearsal etiquette, and make daily physical progress on a musical instrument. Students are expected to perform 2 evening concerts, and have the opportunity to perform at 1 Saturday festival. Students that took 5th Grade Beginning Band will have additional opportunities with advanced music and solo or small ensemble performances.

 
7th Grade Concert Band (Year Long)

Concert Band is designed for students with previous experience on a band instrument in a school ensemble or teacher recommended private lessons. Students will expand on their knowledge, literacy skills, and physical development on a band instrument. Students are expected to perform 3 evening concerts, 1 Saturday festival, and have the opportunity to audition for the Northern Colorado Combined League Honor Band.

Jazz Band (Year Long)

Jazz Band is an audition-based ensemble open to current band and orchestra students. Jazz Band students are required to also participate in a regular band or orchestra ensemble. The LPMS Jazz Band performs approx. 8 - 10 concerts, including the SVVSD Jazz Night, LPMS Concerts, Skyline Jazz Festival, Elementary School performances, and a performance at Oskar Blues or Dickens Operahouse. Jazz students are expected to participate in 2 weekend jazz camps and maintain a practice routine on both jazz and regular ensemble music. The Jazz Band ensemble focuses on expanding both the understanding and ability to play different styles and genres of music, as well as explore written and improvised solos.

 
8th Grade Symphonic Band (Year Long)

Symphonic Band is designed for students with previous experience on a band instrument in a school ensemble or teacher recommended private lessons. Students will expand on their knowledge, literacy skills, and physical development on a band instrument. Students are expected to perform 3 evening concerts, 1 Saturday festival, and have the opportunity to audition for the SVVSD Honor Band. By the end of 8th Grade, students are expected to have the knowledge and physical skills to join a high school band and/or audition for an advanced band ensemble.

8th Grade Percussion Ensemble (Quarter)

Percussion Ensemble is open to any 8th grade music student interested in learning to play percussion instruments. Students are not required to audition, but are only accepted at the approval of their music teacher based on practice habits, daily participation in class, previous concert attendance, and ability to maintain growth on 2 (or more) instruments. Students are expected to perform 1-2 pieces at 1-2 concerts.