Any student in fourth and fifth grade is eligible to participate in the Band program. Students receive one 30 minute lesson every 6-day cycle. Band includes instruments from the woodwind, brass and percussion families. Here are the list of instruments currently offered:
Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone
Percussion: Snare Drum
Students are expected to practice their instruments at home about 4-5 times for 15-20 minutes between lessons. Practice is necessary to ensure adequate progress is made. Students learn about the value of practicing repeatedly so they remember what they learned in their last lesson. Our curriculum focuses on teaching rhythm, note reading, tone production, technique and music history. Students will be assessed through informal and formal playing assessments every week.
Students learn about responsibility and time management with practicing and coming to their lesson. Students are pulled from classes during the day for lessons, so their lesson times will change every week so they don’t miss the same class. It is the student’s responsibility to remember their lesson time and make-up any missed classwork to participate in Band.
4th Grade students have one concert at the end of the school year during the school day. They will have four before-school rehearsals where the whole Band will practice together to prepare for this concert. 5th Grade students perform in the Winter and Spring Concerts and will have before-school rehearsals for a majority of the school year to prepare for. 5th Grade students also have the opportunity to participate in 5th Grade Honors Band, a district-wide Band comprised of the most dedicated and talented students from all ten elementary schools.
Band lessons help reinforce how beneficial it is to have music as a part of our daily lives. Students in Band make friends and develop several critical life skills, including: cooperation, patience, persistence, resilience, responsibility, tolerance, teamwork. Most importantly, we will have fun making music together! Our concerts showcase how hard the students work and how wonderful the students sound when playing their instruments together. Pickering Valley is so lucky to have a successful and strong music program!