Promoting Music in the San Jacinto Community

San Jacinto Valley Academy

Band Overview

 
 

Band OVerview

The San Jacinto Valley Academy Band Program facilitates the development of lifelong learners in a culture that is built upon SJVA's expected school-wide learning results. The San Jacinto Valley Academy Band Program offers classes in 5th Grade Band, 6th Grade Band, 7th & 8th Grade Concert Band, 9th - 12th Grade Symphonic Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

Learning how to perform in an ensemble is cultivated everyday in band class.  The ability to think and communicate with clarity and precision is a necessary part of playing in an ensemble.  This manifests itself as students play in tune, finger the correct notes, match attacks and releases, etc.   To communicate effectively in band classes, students are required to listen with understanding and empathy as well as gather data through all senses.  Students are taught how their voice/instrument fits into the sound of the ensemble in a myriad of  ways such as balance, intonation, and timbre. Being an effective communicator in band also requires that students learn to perform in front of others.  In order for students to do this effectively they must learn how to manage their impulses,, take responsible risks, and find humor in their mistakes.  Students at San Jacinto Valley Academy are given multiple times throughout the year to perform which helps them to learn think/perform interdependently.

Technology also plays an important role in the band students’ education at San Jacinto Valley Academy.  Tuners, sight reading exercises, and videos of the band playing are all displayed on the Smart Board during class.  This helps students to think flexibly, and think about thinking. Digital tuners, chromebooks, and google classroom are also used in band class. This helps students understand of how both music and technology can be used hand in hand.  Additionally,  by introducing students to technology in the music classroom, students will be able to understand concepts that are taught in class that will cultivate them into lifelong learners.

In an effort to help students develop a lifelong love of playing music they are taught the importance of striving for accuracy by producing a good tone, executing music on their instrument,  how to read music, and how to balance in an ensemble. By introducing students to these concepts, they begin the journey of becoming lifelong learners in music, as they will spend a lifetime developing these skills.  A love of playing music must also be nurtured in each student to help to create lifelong learners.  This is achieved by choosing material that the students can relate to as well as making lessons fun and engaging.  Learning how to play an instrument can be a tedious process; the more engaging this process is, the quicker students will be able to grow as a musicians.

5th Grade Band: 5th Grade Band, designed for students in 5th grade as educational enrichment. Students in 5th grade band meet with the band director twice a week to learn music fundamentals as they are applied to a band instrument, and to experience performing in an ensemble. The band is comprised of both wind and percussion instruments. This is an entry level ensemble for students who have little or no playing experience. More advanced students joining this ensemble are challenged by being assigned solos or extra projects that will further develop their musicality.  

6th Grade Band: 6th Grade Band, designed for students in 6th grade who are interested in learning an instrument, or continuing their music education. This ensemble meets every day with the band director to work on ensemble music. Students enrolled in this class learn and develop music fundamentals, ear training, musicianship, music theory, and sight-reading skills to help them build a strong foundation in music education. Students learn beginning band music and ensemble concepts.

7th and 8th Grade Concert Band: 7th and 8th Grade Band, designed for students in 7th and 8th grade who are interested in learning an instrument, or continuing their music education. This ensemble meets every day with the band director to work on ensemble music. Students enrolled in this class learn and develop music fundamentals, ear training, musicianship, music theory, and sight-reading skills to help them build a strong foundation in music education. Students learn appropriately challenging repertoire, and have a stronger focal point on ensemble playing. Students in this ensemble attend band festivals, and are encouraged to join co-curricular after-school jazz band.

9th – 12th Grade Symphonic Band: 9th – 12th Grade Symphonic Band, designed for students in 9th – 12th grade who are interested in learning an instrument, or continuing their music education. This ensemble meets every day with the band director to work on ensemble music. Students enrolled in this class learn and develop music fundamentals, ear training, musicianship, music theory, and sight-reading skills to help them build a strong foundation in music education. Students learn appropriately challenging repertoire, and have a stronger focal point on ensemble playing. Students in this ensemble attend band festivals, and are encouraged to join co-curricular after-school jazz band. Symphonic Band encompasses concert performances, pep band, parade band, and symphonic orchestra. Symphonic Orchestra is offered as an enriching educational experience for students enrolled in Symphonic Band. Twice a week, students work on orchestral music in collaboration with the after-school string orchestra. Students perform symphonic orchestral music during winter and spring concerts.

Percussion Ensemble: Percussion Ensemble, designed for students in 9th – 12th grade who are interested in learning or developing more knowledge of percussion and percussion performance techniques. Students will meet with a percussion specialist during the school day as well as at after school rehearsals to learn how to master playing their parts/instruments and learning how to march.  The percussion ensemble participates in winter drumline competitions in the spring semester, and learns appropriately challenging repertoire.