Music

MUSIC CYCLE (GRADE 6 ONLY)

The fundamental purpose of teaching the music cycle is to develop in students, as fully as possible, the ability to perform, to create, and to understand music. Instruction in music should lead to specific skills and knowledge. In sixth grade we study many aspects of music, including history, theory, singing, use of different instruments, and dance. All these aspects help students become more aware of the music they hear every day and to develop a respect and understanding of many other types of music.


BAND

The band program provides opportunities for students to participate in a learning experience on wind and percussion instruments. It is open to students with or without prior experience on an instrument.

The program consists of three bands, one for each grade level. Each band student will receive one small group lesson per week which meets on a rotating basis. That means that each individual student will miss a particular class no more than once every 6-8 weeks. In addition to the small group lessons, each student will attend one full band rehearsal per week. During these rehearsals, students will prepare for concerts and learn ensemble skills such as balance, timing, and listening skills that they would not experience in a small group setting. Each band will perform at least two concerts which are mandatory. The dates for these concerts will be distributed each September to ensure there are no scheduling conflicts.

In addition to the three main concert bands, our school offers two after-school ensembles: Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Membership in these groups is by audition only. These ensembles are for the more serious band student and offer more performing opportunities than the concert bands.

ORCHESTRA

The orchestra program provides opportunities for students to participate in a learning experience on violin, viola, cello, and bass. It is open to students with or without prior experience on an instrument.

The program consists of three orchestras, one for each grade level. Each orchestra student will receive one small group lesson per week that meets on a rotating basis. That means that each individual student will miss a particular class no more than once every 6-8 weeks. In addition to the small group lessons, each student will attend one full orchestra rehearsal per week. During these rehearsals, students will prepare for concerts and learn ensemble skills such as balance, timing, and listening skills that they would not experience in a small group setting. Each orchestra will perform at least two concerts during the year that are mandatory. The dates for these concerts will be distributed each September to ensure there are no scheduling conflicts.

In addition to the three grade level orchestras, our school also offers a select after-school ensemble: concert orchestra. Membership in this group is by audition. This ensemble is for the more serious student and offers more performing opportunities than the grade level orchestras.

CHORUS

Chorus provides students with the opportunity to sing various styles of music, learn the basics of good choral singing, and study basics of music theory and musicianship. The class meets once a week during a physical education or cycle period, as well as once a week after school. Winter and spring concerts are an exciting part of this choral program. Chorus students have the opportunity to audition for William Annin Select Choir.

SELECT CHOIR

Select choir is an auditioned ensemble open to chorus members in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students meet after school. These students learn a more advanced level of music. They perform not only at William Annin Middle School, but outside the district as well. This ensemble frequently participates in competitions.

CONCERT CHOIR (Grade 8 ONLY)

Do you like to sing? Then, this course is for you! Concert Choir is a Spring elective. This ensemble sings during the spring concert as well as at other events throughout the semester. Students perform solos in class and have the opportunity to prepare auditions for state and regional choruses, student productions, and future high school ensembles. Theory, breathing, posture, voice production and musicianship are stressed.


After school activities:

Monday: 8th Grade Chorus and Jazz Band
Tuesdsay: 7th Grade Chorus, Concert Orchestra and
Wind Ensemble
Wednesday: Select Choir
Thursdsay: 6th Grade Chorus