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  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00033/MMU00034
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Concert Band is a student’s third year of instruction in the Rockwood Band Program. Students who do not take beginning or cadet band must demonstrate their competency in an audition for the instructor to participate in band during 8th grade year. This course is designed for students interested in continuing their music education on an instrument with a focus on ensemble skills or development and independent musicianship. Attendance at all performances is required and part of the class grade as covered in the Rockwood School District Concert Performance Expectations document.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

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Unit Description
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8CB1Creating
Creating an original musical work assists students in understanding the musical elements required to convey a mood or feeling. By learning and incorporating common practices in composition technique, students gain a greater depth of knowledge for the execution and performance of other works on their instrument.
8CB2Performing
Instrumental performance skills encompass the technical and musical proficiency tools needed to master, interpret, and produce a musical work. Interpreting symbols of expression contributes to the process of mastering an instrumental skillset at high achievement levels. Ensemble performance skills are acquired when students study, rehearse, and perform music in preparation for culminating performances. These performance experiences are critical to the development of musicians.
8CB3Responding
Composers organize music into units of structure, or musical forms, which have evolved over hundreds of years. Students will visually and aurally analyze method book excerpts to identify musical forms, and then discern and defend forms found within prepared supplemental repertoire. Interpreting the elements of music and the composer’s intent contributes to the process of mastering an instrumental skillset as well as the performance of music literature; thus, influencing the emotional response from the listener.
8CB4Connecting
Students synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make music, relating musical ideas and works to societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding critical to their growth as young musicians. The principles and subject matter of various disciplines outside the arts are interrelated with those of music to the processes of analysis, inquiry, and creativity used in mathematics, literature, and physical and/or social sciences. Moreover, the roles of creators, performers, and various vocations continually evolve in the production and presentation in the arts.