• Course Overviews

    This year, in fourth grade Music Delivery Model (MDM) general music, your student will take part in a music delivery model wherein they will have exploratory sessions on the flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and percussion kits to experience and learn about the history of band instruments, how to care for and assemble them, and develop fundamental playing skills on each previously listed. Each instrument will be given an equal amount of time throughout the school year, and all instruction with the instruments will take place during the school day. No outside practice or financial commitment is necessary, as this is not a formal band course. Near the end of the school year, I will provide you with recommendations on the most suitable instrument for your student to try out for fifth grade beginning band, should they wish to continue forward.

    In the fifth grade beginning and sixth grade advanced bands, we are delving further into ensemble playing and developing skills on one specified instrument. We are reinforcing musical fundamentals through scalework, chorales, and tuning exercises, as well as learning extended instrumental techniques through performance-based events. The primary objective for the band program is to foster a lifelong love for music, no matter what the form. Through participation in this program, students will develop many personal attributes, such as independent musicianship and artistry, a strong and efficient work ethic, self-confidence, and integrity, amongst others. By participating in music, students will broaden their horizons socially, historically, and culturally. Within this program, each member will achieve his or her own personal musical goals within a supportive, educational, and professional environment.

    In advanced band, we will expand on the foundation provided in beginning band by the implementation of out-of-school rehearsals to push our musical development as we set our sights toward seventh grade band participation. A wider variety of performance opportunities are provided for returning band members.

    Classroom Expectations

    1. ALL students must show the utmost musical respect for everyone within or assisting the band program (including the teacher or any other adults relating to the band), including themselves. We are working as a team within the program, and it is absolutely critical to our success that we treat ourselves and our fellow musicians with respect.
    2. Students will wait outside the band room until Mr. Kievert (or a substitute) opens it for them to enter.
    3. All students must be prepared with their music, instrument, and any supplies they need (sharpened pencils, reeds, valve oil, etc.), sitting in their assigned seat, five minutes after the bell rings or they will be considered tardy for that day’s rehearsal. Students with reed instruments must have unbroken reeds to be considered prepared. Sporadic instrument and supply checks will occur at Mr. Kievert’s discretion. If a student needs help acquiring a reed or supplies, Mr. Kievert will be more than happy to assist in any way he can.
    4. Students will be expected to be respectful when the teacher or another student is talking, or while anyone is playing.
    5. Students are expected to learn as much of their parts as possible outside of rehearsal.
    6. Personal electronics must be turned off and put away during class time.
    7. Gum, food, and drinks other than water are prohibited in the band room.
    8. All students are responsible for their own music. Any replacements for destroyed, lost, or otherwise ruined original copies of music will be done at the student’s expense.
    9. For markings in music, only pencil may be used.
    10. Students will show respect for classroom materials, including classroom decorations, stands, and chairs.
    11. Always do your best! A positive attitude, attentiveness, and good work ethic are essential to a productive rehearsal!

    Rehearsal Etiquette

    1. Bring your materials! Double check!
      • Make sure you have: your instrument, any supplies your instrument might need (reeds, valve oil, sticks, etc.), and your folder with your music INSIDE it
    2. Stay on task and avoid talking to your neighbor when it does not contribute toward rehearsal
    3. Practice before rehearsal (20 min/per day 5 days a week)
      • The goal of rehearsal is NOT to learn how to count and play our parts; our goal is to learn how to play together and put our individual parts together into the whole ensemble
      • If you are unsure of a note, please use the Internet or a neighbor to figure out how to finger it before class time!
    4. Arrive early to everything! If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, you’re in trouble!
    5. If you have a question, please ALWAYS raise your hand for permission to speak. This is a school-wide policy, and is expected of you to follow. Talking out without raising your hand and being called on is unacceptable.
    6. If you have a question, make sure it is on the topic of discussion. Please wait until I ask for questions when explaining something. Chances are, I was planning on answering it anyways!
    7. Respect everyone and everything in class. That includes Mr. Kievert, your fellow band members, all instruments, and our chairs and stands.
      • Please do not play with or write on the stands. They are not toys or drawing boards.
    8. LISTEN to our concert pieces often. First listen for your part, and then listen for the most important part (it may be yours, it may not be). I expect you to be able to sing your part! This is an efficient way to learn other people’s parts better!
    9. Please put your instrument together quickly and quietly, without playing before our warm-ups.
    10. Please have a positive attitude at all times, even when you’re having a bad day. Band is a place where we can forget about the stresses of day-to-day life and make music together. Leave all negativity at the door!