During the first and second quarter, we will offer a music option for grade 6s. Last year many students enjoyed learning to play the piano. Students in this option will be able to further develop their Piano keyboard skills and get a general introduction to band.
Band 7, 8
Band will happen for the first two quarters with an optional quarter 3 as well. Instruments will be assigned and we will learn how to make music together.
Instrumental Music 9, 10, 20, 30
This course focuses on the experience of learning and performing a variety of music, such as popular music, movie soundtracks, and traditional band, marches and classical pieces. As F.P. Walshe School is home to a diverse group of students, there is an emphasis on creating a safe and engaging place where every voice is valued and needed. Some students come with experience and a musical background while others are new to performance and to developing their musical talents. All are needed. Music theory is taught as it presents itself in the music being learned, but more importantly, Band at F.P. Walshe School is about the doing and the working together to create beautiful music. At-home practice is encouraged and is important, but the emphasis is on what we are accomplishing in class.
We plan on a Christmas or Spring concert, a year-end concert, a three-day band tour and trip, and a final concert. Most students who join Band have already played in Grades 7 and 8; however, it is possible to join as a new student after consultation with the Band Director.