The Middle School Band curriculum is centered in music theory, sight reading, writing and performance.
This course begins with a review of basic music knowledge, parts of instrument, care of instrument, position, tone production, fingerings, basic note values, and music reading skills. Then the course will reinforce fundamentals and provide a foundation for the study and performance in band. Students will explore a variety of genres, periods and composers, to explore themselves the adventure and the power of playing, reading and writing music. Students will be expected to practice a number of hours and days per week. Students will learn the only way that their playing skills will develop is through practice.
Middle School Band will use THE STANDARD of EXCELLENCE BAND METHOD BOOK 1 which will have a strong performance-centered approach with music theory, music History, ear training, listening to composition, and improvisations.
This class is designed to give students an overview of art history beginning with the renaissance period and moving through the pop art period. Students study various artists, learning about the historical time era as well as the artist’s unique artistic style. Students will use assorted art mediums in order to recreate artwork with their own individual style.
Leadership in Worship
Each year, the ILCA music department prepares and performs a family-friendly musical production for the community. Auditions, which are held in December are open to any student in grades 3rd-12th. The students then have their Christmas break to work on memorization, prior to formal rehearsals beginning in January. The musical is performed in the Spring, usually in April. Tickets are sold to cover the cost of producing the musical, as well as ensure that funding for the arts at ILCA is a priority each year.
This course is offered as a general music appreciation class for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. The students perform in two concerts a year, Christmas and Spring, and sing during chapel and church services. The objectives used at ILCA coincide with the National Music Association standards. They are as follows:
-Sing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
-Perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
-Improvise melodies, variations and accompaniments
-Compose and arrange music within specified guidelines
-Read and notate music
-Listen to, analyze and describe music
-Evaluate music and music performances
-Understand relationships between music, the other arts and disciplines outside the arts
-Understand music in relation to history and culture.