Theoverall goal of the fifth grade instrumental program is to reinforce and expandthe technique and expressiveness that each instrumental student is capableof. In order to prepare fifthgrade students for the more rigorous and challenging instrumental musicexperience of middle school ensemble playing, more advanced material isintroduced and a wider musical scope is established. The fifth grade takes on more of a leadership role in theconcert band.
Fifth gradersspend the year increasing their range and technique, decoding and interpretingmore complex written musical information and widening their horizons of musicalunderstanding. New concepts likesyncopation, major scales, the circle of fifths and more detail about themusical background of the repertoire are part of their learning experience.Every fifth grader is also expected to play a lead melody on his or her instrument.