John Adams

Middle School

Welcome to 8th grade band!

Prior to beginning 8th grade skills, student should display accomplishment of 7th grade benchmarks.  In the case of an 8th grade beginner, student must study privately over the previous summer and throughout the school year to gain prerequisite skills.   

TEXTS: Essential Elements, Book 2; Essential Musicianship for Band, Fundamental Level; Foundations for Superior Performance (excerpts from), Hal Leonard Intermediate Band Method, Various concert band and small group ensemble pieces.

Student Musician will master skills and concepts in the following areas during 8th grade band:

Maintenance and repair

*I can continue to care for my instrument in a way that will promote resonance during class and concerts.

*I can identify and repair minor problems on my instrument.

Practice regiment

*I can continue a productive practice routine at home with emphasis on technical skills that promote tone quality,

                ease of sightreading during band rehearsals, and preparation for high school band.


*I can understand the basic concept of flat or sharp and know how to correct my pitch by adjusting my mouth

 position and tuning slide (foot pedal timpani) with the use of a tuner AND by listening to sound waves.

*I can continue to sing/buzz/play notes and melodies on the mouthpiece independently (brass).

*I can perform lip slurs of increasing difficulty (brass).

*I can use vibrato (flute, oboe, bassoon) when performing, particularly on whole, half, and quarter notes.

*I can select reeds that promote good TONE quality (clarinet and saxophone).

*I can vocalize my part while other students sing or play contrasting parts, such as having another instrumentalist

 maintain the tonic pitch while I sing through a scale.


*I can sightread syncopation and cut time.

*I can sightread all 16th note and rest combinations, including 16th, 8th, 16th.

*I can count and play eighth note triplets.

*I can count and play in slow and fast 6/8.

*I can sightread tempo and time signature changes during a piece of music.


*I can sightread accent, staccato, legato/tenuto, and marcato.


*I can perform 4-8 bar phrases in common time in one breath at slow and fast tempos.

*I can create phrasing and expression through the use of dynamics (written or unwritten) and tempo modification.

*I can describe and play the following tempos and expressions: Accelerando, Dolce


*I can read, write, and play the Bb, Eb, Ab, F, and C concert scales and arpeggios, two octaves where appropriate,

                quarter note=120 in quarter-eighth-eighth pattern.

*I can play a 2-octave chromatic scale at my own pace, but not slower than quarter note=72.

*I can use alternate fingerings when needed (woodwinds).

*I can play g, c, and d minor scales and arpeggios, and begin to understand their major scale relationships.

*I recite the principals of finding a key center/scale from a key signature.

*I can sightread key signature changes during a piece of music.

Ensemble skills

*I can work toward full ensemble precision of note beginnings and endings.

*I can transpose concert scales for my instrument when required (clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, french horn).

*I can relate scale pitches to numerical values 1-8, and apply this to all known scales.

*I can blend instrumental timbres, balance dynamics, and match style and intonation.

*I can listen to professional musicians performing on my instrument alone or in groups.

*I can follow the conductor’s gestures in the areas of dynamics, style, tempo, and articulations, with expected

conducting variations in some or all areas during a concert song.

*I can talk about and problem solve ensemble deficiencies in order to help the band get better.


*I can arrange or compose a 1-3 minute musical presentation that tells a story about me.

Music and Cultural History

*I can name the 4 main periods of music history.

*I can name at least 6 different styles of music.

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

*I can choose, research, and share aspects of one composer that interests me.

*I can continue to display appropriate concert etiquette during performances, either as a listener, or as a

                performer, and encourage others to do so as well.


Percussionists will perform the above requirements on mallets, snare, and bass drum where appropriate.  In addition, percussionists will develop skills in the following areas:


Grade 6 review: Single Stroke Roll, Double Stroke Roll, Multiple Bounce Roll, Five-Stroke Roll, Nine Stroke Roll, Seventeen-Stroke Roll, Single Paradiddle, Double Paradiddle, Flam, Flam Tap, Flam Paradiddle, and Flam Accent.

Grade 7 review:  Flamacue, Drag, and Single Drag Tap

Grade 8: 7-Stroke Roll, 13-Stroke Roll, Double Drag Tap, and Single Ratamacue.

*Percussionists will be available on an as-needed basis to receive individualized instruction and play one or more of the following auxiliary instruments on concert songs: crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, congas, bongos, tambourine, woodblock, chimes, bell tree, and timpani.

8th grade band handbook 2017-2018.pdf
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