Middle School Band Courses

  • Band, Choir and Orchestra courses will require students to participate in some afterschool practices and evening performances.

    Level of Band offered may vary based on number of students enrolled in program

    Beginning Band
    6th, 7th, and 8th grades      Full Year
    This class is for students in grades six through eight with no previous experience in instrumental music. This course will cover the basics of how to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument as well as basic music theory. Students are assigned to instruments based on a thorough screening process that is designed to ensure the most success for students. Some of the larger and more expensive instruments can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid. Students who are unable to obtain the necessary instrument and equipment will be moved to another elective course. Students will perform in after school concerts and a solo festival. Some after-school rehearsals will be required. Additionally, students will be expected to practice a minimum of 3 hours at home each week.
    Parents or Guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

    Concert Band
    7th and 8th grades      Full Year
    Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
    This class is for students in grades seven and eight with at least one year of instrumental music experience. Students continue to develop their musical skills in an ensemble setting. Some of the larger and more expensive instruments can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid. Student participation in after-school concerts and a solo festival will be determined by the class size and instrumentation. Attendance at performances and any extra rehearsals or sectionals is required.
    Parents or guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

    Symphonic Band
    7th and 8th grades      Full Year
    Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
    This class is for students in grades seven and eight with at least one year of instrumental music experience. Students prepare music in a large ensemble setting with several performances throughout the school year. Some of the larger and more expensive instruments can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid. Band members will participate in several after-school concerts, UIL events, district solo festival and other music festivals and special events. Attendance at performances and any extra rehearsals or sectionals is required.
    Parents or guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

    Honors Band
    7th and 8th grades      Full Year
    Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
    This class is for students in grades seven and eight with at least one year of instrumental music experience. Students prepare music in a large ensemble setting with several performances throughout the school year. Some of the larger and more expensive instruments can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid. Band members will participate in several after-school concerts, UIL events, district solo festival and other music festivals and special events. Attendance at performances and any extra rehearsals or sectionals is required. Students in this band are required to compete in the Region Band Auditions held in the fall.
    Parents or guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

Contact Us

  • Keith Witt
    KWitt
    Fine Arts Director
    (210) 945-5560