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Valley Gardens Middle School
River East Transcona School Division

Band/Guitar

Band

 Benefits

  • Develop appreciation for an art form
  • Develop a long term relationship with music of many styles which can be such a great support in life
  • Develop fine motor skills and coordination through instrument-specific technique
  • Achieve success and build confidence through musical performance
  • Develop responsibility and accountability to a group  by focusing on an inclusive team setting
  • Explore creative potential through musical expression
  • Make curricular connections to mathematics – evidence shows that music and math are strongly related.
  • Open the door for extra credit in high school

 Features

  • A full compliment of concert band instruments available

o    Winds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone)
o    Brass (Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba)
o    Bass
o    Percussion

  • Performances at school and music festivals
  • Possibility of travelling for extra musical experiences
  • Possibility of intensive study with professional clinicians

 Need to Know Stuff

  • NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED – we start from scratch
  • Instrument selection and assignment will be completed before the end of this school year
  • Most instruments to be rented from local music stores (cost varies depending on the instrument)
  • Daily practice at home is required and will need to be verified regularly by a parent/guardian

 Guitar

 Benefits

  • Explore a variety of musical styles on the guitar
  • Focus on complete music education in a classroom guitar setting
  • Achieve success and build confidence through musical performance in a guitar ensemble and as an individual
  • Develop an appreciation for music outside of the comfort zone
  • Develop fine motor skills and coordination through instrument-specific technique
  • Make curricular connections to mathematics – evidence shows that music and math are strongly related.
  • Open the door for extra credit in high school
  • Explore creative potential through musical expression

 Features

  • Instruments are provided for use at school (a small user fee is payable at the beginning of the year)
  • Instruction in a variety of styles
  • Exposure to many types of guitar music
  • Learn to read standard notation, chord symbols and tablature for the guitar
  • Possibility of performing at music festivals

 Need to Know Stuff

  • NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED – we start from scratch
  • It is expected that each student have a guitar at home to practice on. Guitars can be purchased, leased or rented from a variety of local music stores
  • Daily practice at home is required and will need to be verified regularly by a parent/guardian