Creating & Maintaining Musical Excellence
Here at Linden Middle School, we strive to maintain the tradition of musical excellence and achievement in all levels of the band program. As middle school students, they are expected to be respectful, responsible and a good representation of the Linden Community School District and the Linden Middle School by maintaining the musical excellence that has followed this program in the past. The students will be challenged musically as well as intellectually. They will work hard, but still have fun in the class while doing it.
In 8th Grade Band, we are preparing the students for the High School Concert Band experience. We will work on refining the "ensemble" sound as well as developing better tone and technique throughout the year. We will continue to challenge the students with difficult repertoire (some of which they will choose themselves) as well as experiences at solo and ensemble as well as district and state band and orchestra festival. Students at this grade level also have the opportunity to participate in High School Marching Band if they so choose.
In Seventh Grade Band, the students will be split into two sections; A Brass Class and A Woodwind Class. This is to help refine the skills that they learned in Sixth Grade Band the year before. The Student will continue to work on good playing practices and good practice techniques. The students will also work on developing good tone and technique by using challenging music to work on as well as tone and technique builders. These students will also have the opportunity to go to solo and ensemble and district and state band and orchestra festival.
First off, Welcome to the Linden Instrumental Music Program! This is a new experience for your student and I hope that they are as excited as I am to start making music with each other. In Sixth Grade, the students will be learning A LOT! The students will be split into two different classes; A Brass Class and a Woodwind Class. This is so I can give better instruction to individuals and sections in the class. The students will be learning how to put the instruments together, how to properly hold the instrument, how to read music, how to play the correct notes, how to read rhythms, how to play musically, and how to identify what they are seeing in music. I know you are thinking that this is a lot, but I know through hard work the students can achieve this. I am excited for the students to start their music making process and see how they develop as young musicians.