The BMMS Beginning Band Program offers students a hands-on experience that teaches the basic performance skills needed to play in school instrumental ensembles and compliments the knowledge gained from previous general music classes. Participation in the band program fosters creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking while introducing students to standard band literature. The Band Program addresses the Massachusetts Music Frameworks with emphasis on standards 1 – 5 and Fine Arts Connections Strands 6 – 8. Students will learn and expand upon basic sound production on their chosen instruments as well as a fundamental literacy of music notation.
An incoming student will select an instrument he or she wishes to play along with one alternate choice before the start of 5th Grade. Success on a student’s selected instrument will occur through clear instruction provided by the teacher and a supportive home environment for practicing. Switching instruments will only be allowed during the first month of the Beginning Band program and with the approval of the school band director. Upon enrolling in Band, students must commit to study for the first half of the school year.
All band students will perform in their grade level’s Concert Band. Each beginning student shall receive one lesson per week in small groups divided by like-instrument and will participate in Concert Band rehearsals 2-3x per week during the school day. Because performance is an integral part of the learning process, all band students are required to participate in all performances, including those outside the school day such as evening concerts, weekend parades, and other events throughout the school year. The Beginning Bands are open to any student with a desire to learn how to play a band instrument and with the approval of the school band director.