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Band Syllabus

Syllabus for CMS Band 2019






6th Grade:


Orientation/Student Information Sheets/ Instrument Fittings/ Understanding Music Notation/Securing Instruments and Equipment/ Storage /Care and Maintenance /Posture and Breathing/Tone Production /Guided Practice /Practicing at home – 10 examples of staying ahead/ Review old, Review Recent, New Material/ Daily visual assessment/ Bi-Weekly chair placements/ Performance literature/ Challenges/ Building a Repertoire and System for Concert Performances.


7th and 8th Grade:


Orientation and Storage/Securing all instruments and Equipment/Student Information Sheets/Begin CHECKOFFS/Teaching the System of CHECKOFFS/Daily Hearings/Review of all concepts from last school year by Key/Chair Placement and Challenges begin after 1-2 weeks of review/Concert Literature is integrated after review to build a repertoire/Junior Clinic Participation/CMS Honor Band Requirements/Band Award System




Involves the exact same concepts, but accelerated with a higher degree of expectation and a higher level of mastery with regard to student function.





M.E.N.C. National Standards for Music Education sandards-for-music-education


  1.   Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  2.   Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
  3.   Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
  4.   Reading and notating music.
  5. . Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
  6.   Evaluating music and music performances.
  7.   Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
  8.   Understanding music in relation to history and culture.