Music at Todd Middle School

Philosophy

The basic philosophy behind our music program is to further develop the student’s musical skills that began in elementary school. Classes meet on an alternating day schedule, during which the students are assessed on rhythmic abilities, listening skills, performance skills. In performance ensembles, these include sight reading, scales, and quality musical literature. All students study and/or perform music from a variety of genres, cultures, and time periods. All instruction and assessments are directly reflective on the National and New York State Learning Standards for the Arts and the goals of our district.

NY State Learning Standards for the Arts

National Learning Standards for the Arts

 

Course Options

Grade 6

General Music

Concert Band (with rotating pull-out lessons once per week)

Chorus

Orchestra (with rotating pull-out lessons once per week)

 

Grade 7

Concert Band (with rotating pull-out lessons once per week)

Chorus

Orchestra (with rotating pull-out lessons once per week)

 

Grade 8

General Music

Concert Band (with rotating pull-out lessons once per week)

Chorus

Orchestra (with rotating pull-out lessons once per week)

 

Alternate Ensembles for students in grades 6-8

Jazz Band

Students are accepted by director’s recommendation.

Cadenza

Students are accepted based on an audition process and the director’s discretion.

 

Honor musical performance opportunities

NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival

DCMEA Elementary All-County (grades 5-6)

DCMEA Junior High All-County (grades 7-9)