Wind Symphonies 1 – ISSMA 2010 State Champion Runner-Up
Wind Symphonies provide students with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the concert band, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed so that students are enabled to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Ensemble and solo activites are desgned to develop elements of muscianship including, but not limited: (1) tone production, (2) technical skills, (3) intonation, (4) music reading skills, (5) listening skills (6) analyzing music and (7) studying historically significant styles of literature.
Experiences include, but are not limited to, improvising, conducting, playing by ear and sight-reading. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer with the audience. Students experience live performances by professionals during and outside of the school day. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a clumination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunites, outside of the school day, that support and extend learning in the classoom.
Students are also required to participate in pep band periodically. Pep bands perform at varsity girls and boys home basketball games. They are not required to pay admission to the games.
Activity Fee: There is a $45 activity fee for all students enrolled in a concert band. The money is used for contest entry fees, guest conductors and artists, music rental, etc. The fee is due at the beginning of the school year.
Performance Attire: All members of the concert bands will be responsbile for the purchase or rental of performing attire for the school year. Uniforms for these groups are selected at the beginning of each year by the directors and students.
Band repetoire must be of the highest caliber. Mastery of advanced wind band technique must be evident. Areas of refinement consist of advanced techniques including, but not limited to: (1) intonation, (2) balance and blend, (3) breathing, (4) tone production, (5) tone quality, (6) technique, (7) rhythm, (8) sight-reading, and (9) critical listening skills. Evaluation of music and music performances is included.
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In addition, students perform, with expression and technical accuracy, a large and varied repertoire of concert band literature that is developmentally appropriate. Evaluation of music and music performances is included.