Concert Band - Grades 6-8

Course Syllabus

Prerequisite: Roughly 2 years previous playing experience on band instrument in an ensemble

Description: Concert Band consists of all middle school band students. The students perform in Concert Band the remainder of the year. Musicianship, note reading, rehearsal/practice techniques, tone development and technical facility will be developed through daily rehearsal routines and concert performances. A solid musical foundation will be accomplished through the study of quality literature.*

Students are expected to commit to consistent, individual practice of at least 150 Minutes per week.

*All literature for this course is considered "grade level" and above when compared to the National Standard.

Concert Band meets Monday - Friday 


Course Agreement:

•    Students will be expected to have your instrument every day. Instruments will not be allowed to remain at Folwell overnight! If it’s not with you, how can you practice?!!!!

•    Practice Logs are due once per month. Students are expected to practice 150 minutes per week.

•    Participation in class is expected; Band is a performance-based class. 

•    Participation at concerts is expected; bands can not sound their best without all the members in attendance, playing their best as we've rehearsed for the days and weeks prior to the concert. In the case that an student must miss a performance, at least two weeks notice is required in order for the student to get time to complete a written performance assignment (due on concert day). Prior communication of student absences is also important to plan for the best and most accurate representation of the band - we may need to solicit help from other musicians to perform in the place of missing Folwell students.  

 Grading in four main categories for this course:

•In Class Performance 50% 

•Home Practice & Smartmusic 20% 

•Written Homework & Classwork 10% 

•Performances 20%