Description of the Program
The Alder Creek Middle School Band program serves 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The program includes beginning band, concert band and jazz band. Every year, students from this program perform multiple times in the school year. Each performance includes new repertoire that advances in difficulty and development. Various instruments are offered in Concert Band and Jazz Band. Our program includes: flutes, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone (alto, tenor and bari), french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion (snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, timpani, mallet instruments and more), bass guitar (jazz only), guitar (jazz only), drum set (jazz only) and piano (jazz only).
Learning an instrument is very rewarding yet challenging. Through music, students are provided with so many skill sets other than playing the instrument itself. The practice of music making provides structure for our students, something that most developing children need everyday. When students know that they are expected to show up on time, set up their instruments and be prepared to play, they find comfort in that kind of structure. Through music, students learn how to work together and communicate with one another. Students learn how to manage time whether it’s balancing music with school, or music with sports, school and other extracurricular activities. They learn the importance of communicating with trusted adults, teachers and coaches. Music can help students get through difficult times inside or outside of school. Students learn the art of practicing, progress and skill. Music can give students an immediate sense of achievement or immediate feedback on how to improve. Music is a language (musical literacy) that helps students with tracking in reading and with math skills. Music is interdisciplinary. It connects with history, math, science, technology. Music encourages students to be leaders in their communities.