Beginning Band

Course Description

The beginning band class offers the students an opportunity to learn to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument for an entire academic year. The students and the teacher will collaborate to chose one instrument from the woodwind family (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon), brass instruments (trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba), or percussion (drum and bell kit) for the student to study for the entire year. Physical characteristics, personality traits, prior musical experience, instrument availability, student interest, and the need for balanced instrumentation within the band will all be considered in instrument selection. The goal of the class is to give the students the fundamental skills needed to continue their development in the advanced band and/or in the Valencia band. Given the reputation of the music program, students are held to a high standard. Students will have the opportunity to perform music in various concerts and professionally adjudicated festivals. Participation in performances outside the school day is highly suggested in the class. Members of the beginning band are also encouraged to seek private lessons and grow individually through solo performances and auditioned ensembles. The class meets during the academic school day and fulfills the student's elective credit. 

Only when every member of our orchestra puts forth a 100% effort, can an orchestra attain its goals in musical achievement and service to the school and community. You are embarking on a lifetime of musical enjoyment. The more you invest of yourself, the more you will rewarded. ​​

Course Content

Students will learn/ develop:

1. Care and maintenance of their instrument.

2. Fundamental techniques of tone production.

3. Expressive aspects of performance such as dynamics, articulation, and phrasing.

4. Fundamental rhythms.

5. Music notation and music reading.

6. Concert band literature in a variety of styles and difficulty.

7. Sight-reading skills.

8. A better understanding of world cultures, history, and other forms of art through music.