Concert Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Grades 7-12

Concert Band is an instrumental performing group which is open to students of the skill level determined by the instructor. Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble is comprised of advanced players selected by the instructor through an audition process.

Performing and Creating
1-5a. Perform on at least one instrument alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
1) Perform a large variety of instrumental literature with expression and technical accuracy at a difficulty level of 4 on a scale of 1-6.
2) Perform accurately and independently, alone and in small and large ensembles, with good posture, good playing position, and good breath or stick control.
3) Perform music representing diverse genres and cultures, with expression appropriate for work being performed.
4) Play by ear simple melodies on a melodic instrument and simple accompaniments on a harmonic instrument.
5) Perform an appropriate part in an ensemble demonstrating well-developed ensemble skills, and in small ensembles with one student on a part.
1-5b. Improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
1) Improvise simple to stylistically appropriate harmonic accompaniments.
2) Improvise melodic and rhythmic embellishments and variations in major keys.
3) Improvise short melodies unaccompanied or accompanied in a consistent style, meter, and tonality.
1,3,4c. Compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.
1) Compose short pieces in distinct styles.
2) Arrange pieces for voices or instruments other than those for which the pieces were written, preserving the expressive effect of the music.
1-4d. Read and notate music.
1) Demonstrate the ability to read an instrumental score by describing how the elements of music are used.
2) Read at sight simple melodies in both treble and bass clefs, accurately and expressively to a difficulty level of 3 on a scale of 1-6.
3) Identify and define standard notation symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression.
4) Use standard notation to record own musical ideas and the music of others (dictation).
7968e. Investigate careers in music fields.
1,5f. Perform in scheduled concerts, festivals, and other musical events.
History and Culture
1-31,2a. Experience and perform a variety of historical and cultural music: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary.
3,5,641,22,5b. Understand relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
1) Compare in two or more arts how each can be used to transform similar events, scenes, emotions, or ideas into works of art.
2) Compare characteristics of two or more arts within a particular historical period or style and cite examples from various cultures.
31,2,6,71,25c. Understand music in relation to history and culture.
1) Classify by genre or style and by historical period or culture unfamiliar but representative aural examples of music, and explain the reasoning behind the classifications.
2) Describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures.
3) Identify sources of American music genres, trace their evolution, and cite well-known musicians associated with them.

*Prerequisite: Previous band experience and/or permission of instructor

Performing and Creating
1-3,5a. Demonstrate individual competency in an ensemble setting.
2b. Determine progress through self-evaluation of set objectives.
1-4c. Demonstrate proper care and maintenance of instruments.
31,2,4,6,71-4d. Evaluation
1) Describe specific music events in a given aural example using appropriate terminology. 2) Analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of music representing diverse genres and cultures by describing the uses of elements of music and expressive devices.
3) Identify the sounds of a variety of instruments and voices from various cultures.
4) Develop specific criteria for making informed critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of performances and compositions.
5) Evaluate performances and compositions by comparison to similar or exemplary models.
Aesthetic Perception
1-3a. Develop and maintain an individual practice discipline for self-enrichment.
b. Recognize individual competency in an ensemble setting.
1122,6c. Express feelings evoked by music of various styles, genres, and cultures.
5d. Recognize themes of love, war, peace, etc. heard in music.
2,5e. Attend various musical events.


  • Borough, All-State, All-Northwest Festival opportunities
  • Concert performance
  • Mastery of assigned literature
  • Participation
  • Practice reports
  • Rehearsal discipline
  • Self-evaluation
  • Teacher evaluation of overall performance
  • Technical proficiency

*Prerequisite: Previous band experience and/or permission of instructor

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