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Elementary music program

General music

Students in prekindergarten through grade 6 participate in the general music program.

 

General music students will develop life skills such as teamwork, self-discipline, concentration and commitment, as well as coordination of muscle motor groups, positive self-image, listening skills, self-expression and creativity.

 

Students also will develop an appreciation for music through hands-on experiences and exposure to a wide range of musical styles.

 

Elective music program: band, chorus and orchestra
Beginning in third grade, students may choose to participate in the strings program, where they would learn how to play either the violin, viola, cello or bass.

 

Beginning in fourth grade, students may participate in the band program, where they have the choice of learning how to play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone or percussion (drums).

 

Students in the instrumental program receive one lesson per week with a certified music teacher. Once students reach a level of competency, they become members of the elementary band or orchestra. Band and orchestra rehearse at least once a week.

 

If offered in their school, fourth grade students also may elect to participate in the choral program. Students in chorus rehearse once a week with the general music teacher.

 

Elementary students who are in chorus, band, and string programs participate in school concerts, All-City concerts and in-house NYSSMA festivals.

 

Marching band

Band students in grades 5-12 have the opportunity to join the Albany Marching Falcons, the district's award-winning marching band, color guard and winter guard.

 

 

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