- Learn to play a wind instrument
- Learn the basic terminology of music
- Learn basic theory including intervals, key signatures, scales, chords, form, etc.
- Learn time signatures and rhythm reading
- Learn the history of band music in American culture
- Perform a variety of band literature
- Learn to critically listen to a variety of band music
Be respectful to everyone and everything
- This includes the director, guest teachers, each other, and the band room.
- Respect rehearsal time by not talking or playing out of turn.
- Pick up after yourself, pay attention and work hard.
- Participate in class and practice at home.
- Other instruments (particularly percussion) and music stands
- The podium
- The director's belongings
- Each other
- Be prepared with your instrument, materials, a pencil, and your music learned.
- Set up quickly.
- Participate and give your best effort!
- Don’t disrupt the flow of rehearsal. We need to use our rehearsal time wisely to be the best we can. The more we play our instruments, the better we will be.
- When asked to play - you must play. This is a team effort. If someone is not playing, they are bringing the group down.
- When others are playing, you have two options: you can silently practice your part or you can listen to what the director is telling the other group, since you probably have something similar coming up.
- When the group is stopped after playing a passage, the director always has something to say. Listen to the director for instructions on how to play it better or what to do next.
- Have a question or comment? Raise your hand. Do not just blurt out what comes across your mind.
What to bring
Bring these items to class everyday. You should have these with you at your stand at the beginning of rehearsal.
- Instrument and accessories - this includes working reeds for woodwind players.
- Pencil (Not pen) - you need to be writing on your music, but it has to be erasable.
- Folder with sheet music - How are you going to play if you don't have your music?
- The book we will be using is Sound Innovations
You may borrow an instrument from the school with a $35 deposit for the year. You will get a form with more information on borrowing an instrument. Do not turn in money before you get this form. This money is used to maintain the instruments at a playable level. You are responsible for any damage done to the instrument or the case. Cost to repair or replace instruments will vary, but be aware that by borrowing an instrument from the school you are assuming the financial responsibility for replacing or repairing it should anything happen. Mr. Roberts will handle all repairs and replacements.
No eating in the band room. The only drink allowed in the band room is water. There are two reasons. Crumbs on the floor bring in unwanted creatures. Food and sugar from your mouth will destroy the instruments. If you eat right before class, make sure you rinse your mouth before playing your instrument.
Electronic devices may only be used under teacher's permission only. If you have not explicitly asked for permission or you were told no, your device will be confiscated.
Daily participation = 30%
- Be prepared for class - have everything you need
- Play when asked to play. I could ask the entire class, your section, or you individually. You need to play each time it applies to you. I should not have to ask you individually when I ask a group to play.
- Follow the rules of Rehearsal Etiquette.
- Notices sent home
- Playing tests
- Any other assignments given
The concerts Beginning Band participates in are the winter concert, a band festival, and the spring concert. The director may add additional required performances with at least 3 weeks notice. For details on date, time, and location, go to the performances page.
All performances are required. If you cannot attend a performance, you need to fill out a Concert Absence Form at least 2 weeks before the performance. It is up to the director if the excuse counts towards an excused absence. Makeup assignments will be determined upon receiving the Concert Absence Form.
- Black, nice shoes
- Black socks
- Black slacks
- White or Black button up shirt
Girls - same as the boys or:
- Black, nice shoes
- Black leggings
- Black dress or skirt
- White or black top
No flashy jewelry or perfumes. This is not a fashion show. We are trying to showcase our music, not our clothes. The concert attire is designed to make us as uniform as possible to keep the focus on the music. If there are specific questions, please contact the director.
To get notifications from the director, you can text @82694a to 81010 or got to rmd.at/82694a on a smartphone.
Assignments may be modified from above to better suit the class.