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Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

Students will have exposure to and develop an ongoing knowledge of core musical elements by creating, performing, and responding to music by using instruments. They will develop an appreciation of the purpose of music as a means of personal expression, its significance through cultures and history and its connection and value in their everyday lives. The instrumental music program at NHAMS follows the established New London elementary instrumental music curriculum. The instrumental music curriculum has been developed and organized to ensure that students learn the essential elements and principles of instrumental music which are considered the foundations of making and understanding music. This allows us to scaffold skills and concepts with increasing difficulty and refinement as students grow in maturity while also providing flexibility of presentation via projects. The instrumental music curriculum also embraces the National Core Arts Standards in lesson development. 

Grade Level Focus

In 4th grade, students begin playing instruments. Students may choose from six instrumental music electives.  

Band is a large ensemble where students may choose to play the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, or percussion. In addition to the essential class, students will also receive one 30-minute, small group, lesson per week.  

Beginning Band is for first year players and have this essential once per week along with their lesson. Beginning Band has one performance per year in May. 

Advanced Band is for second year players and have this essential twice per week along with their lesson. Advanced Band has two performances per year, December and May. 

Stage Band is for students in Advanced Band who want an additional band essential with more challenging repertoire. Students perform a variety of pop and jazz styles as well as learning basic improvisation and roman numeral analysis. Students must receive teacher approval to be in Stage Band and have two performances per year in December and May.

Guitar students learn the fundamentals of classical guitar playing. Students will learn the parts of the guitar and skills such as open chords, power chords, reading tablature, and reading basic chord charts. Guitar students have the option to perform in May. 

Advanced Guitar is a continuation of guitar and expand their knowledge of playing guitar.

More information on these unique course offerings can be found on the Course Catalog tab

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