—taught by Mr. Mitchell Wagner

ADVANCED BAND (repeatable for credit)

Advanced Band is designed for students with middle school band experience. Students in this class perform in a minimum of two concerts during the school year. Emphasis is placed on technical and musical development of one’s instrument through individual and sectional rehearsals. We will spend much of class time preparing music for performances, but will also take time to develop sight reading and ear training skills.

  • GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
  • PREREQUISITES: Permission of middle school band teacher or Lowell band teacher

SYMPHONIC BAND (repeatable for credit)

Symphonic Band is a high-level performance class in which students perform in a minimum of four concerts during the school year. It is expected that students have already attained a high level of technical and musical mastery on their instrument. We spend much of our class time rehearsing music for performances, developing sight reading, ear training skills, and working in sectionals to develop strong leadership skills. Members of this band will also have the opportunity to perform in festivals and with the Symphony Orchestra.

  • GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
  • PREREQUISITES: Permission of teacher

JAZZ BAND (repeatable for credit)

Jazz Band students in this high-level performance class perform Big Band music ranging from classic standards to contemporary jazz through both Swing and Latin styles. Students are expected to already have a high level of technical and musical mastery of their instruments, but also develop skills in ensemble playing, articulations, and improvisation. We will utilize class time to listen to a variety of music to further develop our critical ear and evaluative process. The Jazz Band performs at many school and community functions during the year.

  • GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
  • PREREQUISITES: Permission by teacher

PIANO LAB 1,2

Piano Lab provides for the sequential development of music skills through the study and performance of keyboard literature. This class will introduce the student to basic piano playing. We will learn and study musical notation on the grand staff and develop music fundamentals like rhythm, tempo, and dynamics. We will learn chords (major and minor), chord progressions, diatonic and chromatic scales, fingering, and pedal techniques.

  • GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
  • PREREQUISITES: None