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Band Classes

Wind Ensemble

 

This ensemble performs advanced level wind and percussion repertoire and requires all players to have strong skills in all facets of performance on their instruments.  This ensemble follows a one player per part tradition, so all members must demonstrate consistently reliable attendance and the ability to prepare music individually and perform well under pressure.  The numbers of players of each instrument will be limited to balance the ensemble sound correctly.

 

Students can qualify for this ensemble by consistently demonstrating knowledge and application of proper rehearsal and performance behavior and a high level of technical and musical skill for their grade level.  Students must also demonstrate consistent appropriate conduct, grades, and attendance in all MMA classes.  A competitive audition will be required to qualify for this ensemble.  Except in extraordinary circumstances, membership in this ensemble is reserved for students who have been at MMA at least one semester.  This class meets every other day for 90 minutes.

 

Symphonic Band

 

This ensemble provides the opportunity for students to develop the musical skills needed to play in a large ensemble.  Symphonic Band is traditionally a large band, and performs music appropriate for that instrumentation.

 

Members of Symphonic Band are expected to maintain appropriate conduct and passing grades in their Music and academic classes.  They must demonstrate consistent improvement in their instrumental performance skills in the context of the large ensemble, and demonstrate knowledge and application of proper rehearsal and performance behavior.  This ensemble rehearses every other day for 90 minutes.

 

Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Technique

 

These classes are grouped by instrumental family.  Students will develop their technical and musical skills and increase knowledge of repertoire on their instruments.  The class focuses on skills playing in small chamber music and solo settings.  All skills and materials covered in this class will be directly applicable to performance in a large ensemble.  Topics to be covered include appropriate physical warm-up to prevent injury, good tone production, development of good practice habits, development of listening skills, development of musical expression on your instrument, development of facility in all keys on your instrument, and selection of repertoire.  All students will perform for their peers as well as work with specialists on their instruments.  This class meets every other day for 90 minutes.

 

9th Grade Magnet is a year-long course of study that is open to first-year only woodwind, brass, and percussion students who audition to be in the class. The repertoire is chosen from the standard literature according to the level of ability.

 

Concert Band is a year-long course of study that is open to first and second-year woodwind, brass, and percussion students who are selected by the music faculty. The repertoire is chosen from the standard literature according to the level of ability.

 

Music Theory 1, Instrumental– Music Theory 1 introduces students to music fundamentals such as musical notation, modes, and scales. Students learn the different qualities of triad chord construction and the beginning of four-part harmonic writing. Melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictations, as well as ear training exercises, are an integral component of this course of study. This class is taught in the Magnet 9 and Concert Band class.

 

Music Theory 2, Instrumental  – Music Theory 2 begins with the basic concepts of triad chord inversions and figured bassline and soprano line harmonization using inversions. Students are introduced to the 7th Chords and the complete and incomplete versions of the Dominant 7th Chord. Topics covered include the second inversion chord progressions and the secondary triads of the scale. Basic concepts of cadences and cadence chord progressions are begun. Non-harmonic tones are also covered. Ear training, sight-singing, and dictation continue to be an integral component.

 

Music Theory 3, Instrumental – Music Theory 3 covers the concepts of modulation as well as the modulations to the key of the dominant, to the key of the sub-dominant, to the key of the relative major/minor, and to the key of the parallel major/minor. In addition to the secondary dominant 7th Chords and the cycle of Dominant 7th Chords, the augmented 6th Chords, Italian, German, and French Metropolitan chord major and minor modes are taught. Ear training, sight-singing, and dictation continue to be an integral components.

 

 

 

 

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