Band 8
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Course Objective

The goals of the band program at DMMS are as follows:

1. To increase musical knowledge, skills, and understanding
2. To express creativity and musical ideas
3. To provide new musical experiences and participation in musical performances

Course Overview
8th grade students at Dakota Meadows are in their third year of band study.

The band curriculum is performance-based, with the bands preparing for three major performances during the school year. In addition to music theory and history covered in the teaching of the concert music, students progress through the Standard of Excellence band method in small group lessons. 8th grade band members also have the opportunity to participate in the 8th grade Jazz Band, which meets once per week on Friday afternoons.

While much musical knowledge is taught through the music that is rehearsed for our performances, students are also expected to be able to meet established criteria, such as the learning of required concert scales as listed below and other objectives of the course.

Concert Attendance
Concerts are an extension of the school day and all band students are expected to participate in all DMMS band concerts unless there is an illness or other extenuating circumstance in which the student will be excused if timely advance notice is given.

Students are evaluated on factors such as lesson preparation and attendance, proper rehearsal participation and conduct, assessments, post-concert reflections, and individual progress. All students are expected to use and turn in the weekly practice log, and attend all lessons.

Performance Expectations - 8th Grade
In addition to assessments such as those based on performance pieces, and lesson etudes, by end of 8th grade, students will be expected to be able to play a chromatic scale through their comfortable range by memory, as well as these Concert scales memorized at a competent level: Bb, Eb, Ab, F, and C and their relative minors. Students should also be familiar with and be able to play (with music) other scales listed on their scales sheet, and are encouraged to learn the Circle of 5th (Circle of 4ths).

Additional Expectations
When time allows in the progress of the school year, additional expectations such as music composing may also be added to the teaching of the course. The band handbook can be found at the DMMS Bands website.

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Other Favorite Websites:

DMMS Bands
K-12 Music Resources
Minnesota Music Educators Association