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Middle school music program

General music program
At the middle school level, general music courses are offered to students in grades 6 and 8. A few of the many topics covered include:

  • The development of listening skills

  • Critiquing and responding to music

  • Music theory

  • Music history

American music theater also is explored using classical theater productions, such as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as well as West Side Story, and The Sound of Music. Identification and discovery of songs from a variety of cultures is stressed as students make connections with literature and social studies topics.

 

Elective music program: band, chorus and orchestra
Students may select courses in chorus, orchestra and band.

 

As students enter the middle school instrumental programs, they should have a strong foundation from their participation in the instrumental program at the elementary level. Middle school instrumental students should successfully complete lesson book 2 by the end of eighth grade. Many eighth-grade students begin lesson book 3 prior to entering the high school instrumental programs.

 

Middle school students perform at school concerts, All-City concerts, in-house NYSSMA festivals and special events at the request of the community. They also participate in musical competitions.

 

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. Click here for more information about this exciting program.

 

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