This course is only open to 8th grade students who have already completed 1 semester of Art 6 or 7. The teacher must approve enrollment.
Students must have completed at least 1 full year of Choir before trying out for this course.
Students in this class must have successfully completed the entire year of Guitar I.
Beginning Band students get to choose an instrument that is common to wind band ensembles. They then learn basic music skills pertaining to that instrument, such as, proper playing technique, fingerings, listening, note reading, steady time, and counting rhythms. Students perform twice per year.
6th Grade Concert Band is for 6th grade students that have had one full year of Band experience in 5th grade. In this class, students build upon elements learned at the beginning level and begin to move into more abstract musical concepts. Students perform twice per year.
Intermediate Band is a mid-level band for 7th and 8th grade student. This class reviews fundamental musical skills and establishes a foundation for advanced music skills. It is a preparatory class for our upper-level ensembles. Students perform twice per year.
This is the highest level of concert-style band at Vail. Students in this class must commit to performing at major festivals, community events, and school concerts throughout the year. This class is open to all seventh and eighth grade band students that meet and pass specific behavior and audition requirements. Students that do not meet the requirements for audition, that do not pass the audition, or that do not wish to audition, will be placed into Intermediate Band for the following school year.
In Jazz Band, students rehearse and perform music in Jazz and other popular styles such as Rock, Pop, Latin, etc. Students in this specialized class must commit to performing many times during the year at major festivals, various community events, and school concerts. JAZZ BAND is open to seventh and eighth graders currently enrolled in Symphonic Band that meet and pass specific behavior, instrumentation and audition requirements. Students begin to learn and enhance improvisation skills.
This class is an intermediate string class for students who have at least one year of class instruction prior to middle school. Instruments that participate are the violin, viola, cello or bass instruments. Students are taught string and bow technique, music reading, advanced rhythms, and various music literature. Students are expected to perform in concerts and festivals.
This is an advanced string class for students with a minimum of two years of instruction on the violin, viola, cello, or bass instruments. Students learn advanced string techniques by studying scales, advanced rhythms, method books, and advanced string literature. Students perform at multiple concerts and festivals throughout the year.
This is the most advanced class for violin, viola, cello or bass instruments. Students must audition to participate. This class prepares students for high school orchestra through scales, advanced bowing, method book instruction and performances of advanced string literature. Students perform in multiple concerts and festivals throughout the year. 8th grade students are eligible to audition in the TUSD Honors Orchestra and the Middle School All-State Orchestra.