Kern High School District Office of Instruction

DPC#: Approved by Board:

_4722 06/24/02

Beginning Band
A. COURSE INFORMATION Grade Level: Length of Course: Maximum Credit: Type: Recommendation for Enrollment: 9-12 1 year 40 Permission of Instructor


BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE This course is intended for beginning wind and percussion players as a continuation of their music education. In the fall semester, students will choose an instrument and then learn that instrument. Second semester will be a continuation of the first but will move into more difficult study. This course meets the KHSD fine arts graduation requirement and the University of California’s “F” requirement.


BOARD-ADOPTED TEXTBOOKS Published instrumental literature consisting of a variety of styles by various composers both classical and contemporary for concert and marching season.


SUPPLEMENTARY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS Essential Elements 2000 Books 1 and 2 Recordings of classical and contemporary Band Wind Literature Multimedia presentations Copy right free Fundamental worksheets


BRIEF OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT 1. Music Fundamentals a. Good tone production and breath support b. Intonation c. Rhythmic accuracy

d. e. f. g.

Blend and balance Phrasing and musicianship Musical styles Sight-reading music

2. Study music fundamentals (First 19 weeks) a. Explore music through Essential Elements 2000 b. Study Fundamentals through same course of study c. Listen and Evaluate Music of other bands and ourselves d. Read and write music e. Play instruments f. Tests are every week g. Practice Reports are turned in every week 3. Review music fundamentals, study more difficult music, and study some band literature to prepare for concert. (17 weeks) a. Explore music through Essential Elements 2000 book 1 and 2 b. Review fundamentals through Essential Elements and other literature c. Listen and evaluate music of bands and our own recordings d. Read and write music e. Play instruments f. Prepare literature appropriate for beginning bands for performance. g. Practice reports are turned in every week h. Tests occur every week. 7. Review and Final Exam Suggested Instructional Activities: Home practice Group practice (sectionals) Analysis of recordings Outside Concert attendance Small ensemble performance Solo Performance Audition for honor groups Private lessons F. BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVES FOR BEGINNING BAND All objectives are taught on an ongoing basis, throughout the year and are cross-referenced with the Visual/Performing Arts standards as indicated below: Artistic Perception (ARP); Creative Expression (CE); Historical & Cultural context (HC); Aesthetic Valuing (AV); Connections, Relations, & Applications (CR): Upon completion of the fall semester the students in the Advanced Band will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skill:

1. Students will be able to define and perform the fundamental elements of musical performance, such as: tone, intonation, rhythm, blend and balance, dynamics, style, and phrasing. (ARP, CE, AV) 2. Students will be able to identify and perform different styles of music and music from other cultures. (ARP, CE, AV, HC, CR) 3. Students will be able to identify compositions of various composers for many time periods including: 20th century, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. (ARP, CE, AV, HC, CR) 4. Students will be able to identify and perform our nation’s music and be involved in community patriotic celebrations. (ARP, CE, AV, HC, CR) 5. Students will be able to show musical progress on their individual instruments in the areas of tone, technique, and musicianship. (ARP, CE, AV) 6. The students will be able to explain that it takes the values of cooperation, responsibility, hard work, and dedication in order to create a work of art. (ARP, AV, CR) 7. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate their own group’s performance. (ARP, CE, AV) 8. Students will prepare, perform and audition for the director, which will include playing all major scales, chromatic scale, a solo, and sight-reading. (ARP, CE, AV) Further Adherence to Visual/Performing Arts Standards: Artistic Perception In band, processing, analyzing, and responding, are skills used constantly by students. As the students play music, they must process and respond to the following: playing their rhythms with the ensemble, being in tune, and responding instantly to correct any of these problems. Students also demonstrate an increasing understanding of the language symbols and notation unique to music. This understanding allows an increased sensitivity to the contrasts, subtleties and meanings in music and its text. The elements of music are applied in rehearsal, increasing over time, and culminating in performances. Creative Expression Students will demonstrate an increasing understanding of the role of dynamics, articulation, melody, harmony, and correct tone production on their instrument. Students will become increasingly independent in their ability to apply the principles of notation, symbolism, music theory, and be able to utilize them to adlib solos or compose music of their own. They also will participate in several performances every semester. Historical & Cultural Context Students will understand the cultural, social, and historical setting unique to each composition of the music they rehearse and perform. Students will be exposed to a vast range of music from the various cultures and periods of Classical, romantic, Baroque, and 20th Century music. The music will also cover many areas, including Classical, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Jazz, and Rock. Aesthetic Valuing Students will develop and increasing ability to recognize musical styles in performances by themselves and others. Students will develop an increasing ability to recognize and analyze excellent performance and respond with increasing appreciation. Connections, Relations & Application

Students will develop an increasing appreciation for the importance of teamwork, discipline, commitment, and independent study in music. This understanding will be applied to endeavors in other subjects and activities. G. ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES Grades in music are subjective and are based on the following. Daily Participation, effort, and attitude ....................... 50% Attendance at Performances ....................................... 30% Tests and Quizzes ......................................................... 20% Grading scale for tests and quizzes: 90 – 100 A 80 – 89 B 70 – 79 C 60 – 69 D 59 and below F Semester grade weighting: 1st Quarter Grade 45% 2nd Quarter Grade 45% Final Exam 10% Other Factors: 1. Attitude – Responsibility, dependability and cooperation. 2. Achievement – Music Progress. (weekly assignments and tests) 3. Attendance – since this is a daily activity class, students are graded on both daily attendance and attendance at performances. Semester Final – includes a written test that will cover music terms and fundamentals, and an individual playing test.

May, 2002

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