Citrus Hills Intermediate School
Beginning Band Program



The purpose of Beginning Instrumental Music is to:

• develop the techniques needed to produce a characteristic tone on each student’s chosen instrument.

• teach each student the chromatic fingerings within the basic range of his/her instrument.

• teach each student to read musical notation in the clef appropriate for his/her instrument.

• teach each student to recognize and produce basic rhythmic values.

• develop good technical habits such as posture and instrument holding position.

• teach each student to observe dynamics in musical performance.

• develop in each student a sense of responsibility to himself/herself and to the others in the ensemble.

• help each student realize a sense of pride in the work he/she produces through focused preparation and attention to directions.

• develop self-control, discipline and independence as it relates to classroom behavior and individual practice.

• prepare each student for participation in a more advanced ensemble.


• Tone Production (a concept of characteristic tone and the skills needed to achieve it)

• Scales (all major scales for one octave and the chromatic scale for at least one octave; these are used to familiarize the students with all the fingerings and finger patterns in the basic range of each instrument)

• Technique (selected scales and etudes requiring progressive skills)

• Performance (participation in at least two public performances)


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