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John Adams

Middle School

6TH GRADE BAND Studies
Welcome to 6th Grade Band!

TEXT: Essential Elements, BOOK I

First Semester (September-January): (musical concepts introduced through page 11 in book)

By the end of January (around the Winter Concert), students will have mastered these skills: 

*I can assemble, care for, and handle my instrument properly.

*I can identify the supplies needed for my instrument to work properly.

*I have developed a healthy practice routine at home.

*I can use performance posture and correct hand position while playing.

*I can buzz a note, siren, and match a pitch on my mouthpiece (brass).

*I can buzz a short melody on my mouthpiece (brass).

*I can play F# (clarinet), G# (saxophone), and A (flute) on my mouthpiece/headjoint.

*I can produce a steady, characteristic sound on my instrument, free of tension.

*I can match a note or melody with my voice.

*I can imitate a note or notes and a rhythm after my instructor plays (call and response).

*I can use my tongue to start the notes.

*I can read and write the first 7 notes on the staff.

*I can count, play and write: whole, half, and quarter notes and rests.

*I can play songs using pick up notes.

*I can play and conduct in 4/4 and 2/4 time.

*I can define the following dynamics: p, mf, f, crescendo, and decrescendo.

Percussion: (In addition to the goals above.)

*I can understand and perform with matched grip and correct hand position when I play.

*I can play the basic stroke.

*I can sightread a short melody with basic rhythms on mallets at a slow tempo.

*I can play 8th notes and 8th rests.

*I can describe and perform the following rudiments:

Roll rudiment: multiple bounce/buzz stroke

Diddle rudiment: single paradiddle

Flam, Flam Tap

I have also made the following musical discoveries and cultural connections:

*Mozart and Rossini

Second Semester (January-June): (musical concepts introduced through page 29 in book)

By the end of the year, students will have mastered these skills (not necessarily taught in order):

*I can continue to assemble, care for, and handle my instrument properly, using necessary supplies to do so. *I can count, play and write: dotted-half, dotted-quarter and eighth notes in sets of two.

*I can define the following dynamic: mp.

*I can identify define a scale (playing a Bb concert scale where appropriate).

*I can interpret a fingering chart.

*I can read Bb, Eb, and F concert key signatures, and follow these key signatures to play correct notes within a song.

*I can identify sharp, flat, and natural symbols as accidentals.

*I can play and conduct in 3/4 time.

*I can perform and identify the articulations: accent, and slurs.

*I can perform call and response staccato and tenuto.

*I can count and play ties.

*I can describe and play the following tempos: Andante, Moderato, and Allegro.

*I can understand and perform: repeats, 1st and 2nd endings, D. C. al Fine, and multiple measure rests.

*I can begin to listen for, and react to: tuning, style, phrasing, and balance.

*I can demonstrate ensemble skills: blend instrumental timbres, match dynamics levels, respond to

basic conducting gestures, maintain steady tempo.

*I can explore and label musical concepts: solo, unison, divisi, melody, and harmony.

*I can perform basic lip slurs (brass).

*I can perform music of different styles on a concert.

*I can display appropriate concert etiquette during performances, either as a listener, or as a performer.

Percussion:

*I can sightread a short melody with eighth note rhythms on mallets at a moderate tempo.

*I can play accents (keeping my non-accented stick low).

*I can play 16th note rhythms.

*I can play a one measure repeat.

*I can describe and perform the following rudiments:

Roll rudiments: single stroke roll, double stroke roll, 5 stroke roll, 9 stroke roll, 17 stroke roll

Diddle/Flam rudiments: double paradiddle, flam paradiddle, flam accent

*I can play bass drum, triangle, tambourine, woodblock, suspended cymbal, and crash cymbals.           

Students can choose to seek enrichment opportunities or adaptions within the music with the direction from their instructor at any point during the year.

I have also made the following musical discoveries and cultural connections:

*Foster, Grieg, and Bach

*music from Latin America and Japan

*African-American spiritual

*Blues, Boogie-woogie, and Jazz styles

*Evaluating peer and self performances

*Improvisation (#85)

*Playing a round

*Playing a duet

 


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