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Instrumental Music

Mrs. Carolyn Sherrill


Welcome to the St. Gerard Band! Concert Band provides 5th – 8th grade students the opportunity to learn about music through performance in band. The primary objectives of instrumental music education at St. Gerard are:

1. The development of aesthetic awareness, perception, and sensitivity.

2. A knowledge and understanding of musical forms, styles, and major composers representative of each of the major musical periods.

3. The development of discriminating listening skills.

4. The development of instrumental technical proficiency.

5. The development of musical creativity and intuitive judgement.

6. The development of musical evaluation skills.

7. The development of psycho-motor skills.

Elementary Band


Learning Objectives for Wind Players

Learning Objectives for Percussionists

The student will understand and/or be able to perform:

1. Proper instrument care and assembly.

2. Proper hand and finger position on instrument; correct posture and instrument angle.

3. How to form proper embouchure and use proper air support for tone production.

4. Correct use of tongue for articulation and how and when slurs are used.

5. Letter names of notes on the staff and/or ledger lines; their correct fingerings and pitch placement relevant to their instrument.

6. Chromatics, their use, function, and fingerings.

7. Key signatures and their function, with facility inherent to specific instrument.

8. Basic meters.

9. Rhythms: Duple, triple, and syncopated appropriate for beginning band.

10. Basic musical terms specifying tempo and style, e.g. allegro – staccato

The student will understand and/or be able to perform:

1. Basic rudiments appropriate to beginning band instruction including the single stroke, rebound stroke, flam stroke, paradiddle, and their possible combinations.

2. Proper grip and stroke techniques.

3. Proper height of and approach to beginning percussion instruments.

4. The philosophy of “Total Percussion” to include the primary areas of keyboard percussion, timpani, snare drum. and accessory instruments.

5. Percussion ensemble literature appropriate for this level.

6. Proper instrument care and storage.

7. Musicianship skills described for wind players.

Junior High Band


Learning Objectives for Wind Players

Learning Objectives for Percussionists

The student will understand and/or be able to perform:

1. Tone control and proper breath support at differing dynamic levels.

2. Correct use of tongue for attacks. releases, accents, staccatos, and legatos.

3. Range development inherent to each instrument.

4. Chromatic scale from memory through usable range on instrument (no speed requirement, emphasis on accuracy).

5. Scales through 4 flats and 4 sharps (9 scales total), two octaves where applicable.

6. Varied rhythm patterns in all meters covered and interpret rhythms in beats and subdivisions.

7. All common musical terms used in method books.

8. Basic musical phrasing.

9. Small ensemble and solo literature.

The student will understand and/or be able to perform:

1. Basic rudiments appropriate to middle school instruction including the single and double stroke rolls, flams, ruffs, and paradiddles.

2. Simple melodies and scales on mallet percussion instruments.

3. Total percussion philosophy including percussion ensemble. multiple percussion, accessory percussion, and the role of the percussion in the band.

4. Techniques of tone production and articulation on percussion instruments for attacks, releases, accents, staccatos, and legatos. Tone production, proper playing area and tuning techniques for timpani.

5. Musicianship skills described for wind players.

6. Beginning drum set techniques.

Additional


  • Student may also participate in:
    • Jazz Band
    • Michigan School Band and Orchestra (MSBOA) Solo and Ensemble Festivals
    • MSBOA District 8 Honors Band
    • MSBOA All-State Band
    • Liturgical Ensemble