Citrus Hills Intermediate School
Advanced Band Program
(FOR BAND STUDENTS CHOSEN BY DIRECTOR – AUDITION MAY BE REQUIRED)
The purpose of the Advanced Band is to:
• develop good technical habits in each student on his/her respective instrument.
• correct any misconceptions each student may have regarding basic playing technique.
• teach basic musicianship including dynamics, phrasing, and articulation.
• continue to develop good technical habits such as posture and instrument holding position.
• develop in each student a sense of responsibility to himself/herself and to others in the group.
• 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 advancement to the most challenging band he/she is capable of participating in successfully.
• prepare each student for participation in a high school band program.
• Tone Production (a concept of characteristic tone and the skills needed to achieve it, as well as an introduction to professional tone control techniques)
• Scales (all major scales, two or three octaves where possible and the chromatic scale for the full basic playing range of each student’s respective instrument; 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 facility in the areas of fingering, range, rhythm, and musicianship)
• Intonation (recognition of good / poor intonation and the ability to apply corrective techniques)
• Musicality (knowledge of standard tempo, stylistic, and dynamic markings along with the ability to find normal phrasing points in a musical line)
• Performance (participation in at least three public performances and one band festival)
• Listening (being able to critically listen to other band performances)
• Music Theory (continue to study more advanced concepts of music theory)