Our Ensembles: Stevenson Instrumental Music Program

 

Philosophy of the Stevenson High School Instrumental Music Program

Through learning in classes, our students receive top instruction. Participants in the Instrumental Music Program will learn to become:

   Creative Problem Solvers who think critically and can make decisions through artistic modes in situations where there are no standard answers. 

   Culturally Aware Citizens who have a sense of history and an appreciation of the Fine Arts through multi-cultural experiences.

   Humanistic Thinkers who have creativity, sensitivity and emotion.

   Collaborative Workers who are confident, receptive to others’ ideas and utilize peer input to develop and improve their interpersonal relationships within the framework of our classroom.

Stevenson Instrumental Music


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Ensemble Opportunities and Responsibilities

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  • Concert Band:

Open to any student upon the recommendation of the instructor, Concert Band is a full year course comprised of Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion that is designed to assist and develop high school musicians attain all aspects of their instrument and music theory.

Concert Band provides the opportunity for participation, study, and individual achievement. Classes are devoted to further training in techniques, Music Theory, Ear Training, student composition, sight reading and to individual progress.

As a performing group, members will be required to attend all rehearsals and performances and may occasionally rehearse after school.

Participation in this ensemble will result in mandatory graded performances, rehearsals along with concerts/Festivals scheduled throughout the year and participation at the UCS Graduation Ceremony in June. Remember, you can receive a credit for Foreign Language by taking a band class!

  • Symphonic Band:

Instructor's recommendation required. Symphonic Band is a full year course comprised of Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion that provides the advanced band student an understanding and appreciation of music either as a performer or listener and an academic approach to the presentation of public performances.

Classes are devoted to further training in techniques, Music Theory, Ear Training, student composition, sight reading and to individual progress.

As a performing group, members will be required to attend all rehearsals and performances and may occasionally rehearse after school.

Participation in this ensemble will result in mandatory graded performances, rehearsals along with concerts/Festivals scheduled throughout the year and participation at the UCS Graduation Ceremony in June. Remember, you can receive a credit for Foreign Language by taking a band class!

NOTE: During the 2018-19 school year, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform as one larger ensemble at concerts and MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival.

  • Wind Ensemble (Varsity Band):

Instructor's recommendation required. Wind Ensemble is a full year course comprised of Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion that performs high level High School literature as well as College Literature. Wind Ensemble provides the advanced band student an understanding and appreciation of music either as a performer or listener and an academic approach to the presentation of public performances.

As a performing group, members will be required to attend all rehearsals and performances and may occasionally rehearse after school.

Participation in this ensemble will result in mandatory graded performances, rehearsals along with concerts/Festivals scheduled throughout the year and participation at the UCS Graduation Ceremony in June. Remember, you can receive a credit for Foreign Language by taking a band class!

NOTE: During the 2018-19 school year, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform as one larger ensemble at concerts and MSBOA Band & Orchestra Festival.

Instructor's recommendation required. A full year course, the Jazz Ensemble is an advanced performing group that consists of Instrumental Music students who wish to perform various styles of the Jazz idiom. All members are HIGHLY encouraged to listen to all different genres of Jazz.

Improvisation and Music Theory will be main components of this class along with Ear Training, student composition and sight reading.

As a performing group, members will be required to attend all rehearsals and performances and may occasionally rehearse after school.

Participation in this ensemble will result in mandatory graded performances, rehearsals along with concerts/Festivals scheduled throughout the year. Remember, you can receive a credit for Foreign Language by taking a band class!

The Marching Band rehearses after school at Stevenson multiple days a week until approximately the middle of October (depending on the date of MSBOA Marching Band Festival). You must be enrolled in a music class to participate in Marching Band. This is a UCS mandated rule. The Marching Band attends camp one week at home in the summer and one week away in Northern Michigan to learn their show. The band performs at all Home football games and home playoff games. Marching Band is now available for a Physical Education credit!

  • Percussion Class

This class is designed to teach all percussionist how to play all percussion instruments. It is also an excellent class to review Marching Band music with current members. All members will receive music the Concert groups are playing and learn them in class to perform with the ensembles.


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