CLASS PERIOD ACTIVITIES
THE IMPORTANCE OF DISCIPLINE
The activities that occur during band class will vary. Classes might be divided between full band rehearsals and sectionals, sectionals and chamber music, or full band and music theory, etc. During the first ten weeks, one segment of class might be utilized to review marching music. Time can also be devoted to audition preparation, listening exercises, music history projects, or video presentations. During full ensemble rehearsals, we will work the entire band class on technique, reading skills, concert preparation, balance blend and intonation skills, and other aspects of performing in the large group setting. During sectional rehearsals, we will utilize the practice rooms to divide the class into like instrument groupings and will focus on the specific instructional methods related to instrument families (i.e. woodwinds, brass, and percussion). This time will allow for more individualized attention to specific concerns within sections during the music preparations process. It will also allow us to distribute written materials specific to each instrument.
Chamber music rehearsals will allow each student to opportunity to play in a small ensemble (trio, quartet or quintet), and the responsibility for organizing rehearsal time, identifying and correcting any performance related problems, and make decisions on interpretations, phrasing and stylistic aspects within a piece of music. All students will be assigned into chamber groupings.
Music Theory time will consist of written and/or oral examples dealing with the structure and function of music. Ear training will be emphasized along with rhythmic dictation and written exercises that show the student more about the mechanics of music.
Audition Preparation time will be assigned to individual students on an as-needed basis. Since we have large numbers of students auditioning for District Band, All State and other ensembles, we will utilize some of the split class time to allow students to prepare for these tryouts. Materials will be made available to assist in sight-reading skill preparation.
Listening Sessions or Video Presentations will be structured to provide feedback on Cherokee Bluff performances, as well as allow students to study examples of outstanding performances by other organizations. This will coordinate with the music history elements as we listen to music of varied styles and historic periods.
A detailed schedule of class time utilization will be published each week. It will be the student’s responsibility to have materials ready for the specific activity.
Because of the nature of the organization, band discipline must be all encompassing and firm. Band students and parents must believe in the ideals, principles and philosophy of the organization. Everyone must be aware of their behavior and the behavior of those connected to our organization. Any action intentional or unintentional that projects unfavorably on the school, community or band program, whether it be in band or outside of band, could result in dismissal or exclusion from the activity.