4th Grade Instrumental Music and Concert Band  


    The overall goal of the fourth grade instrumental program is to introduce students to large ensemble playing and to guide them successfully through a concert band performance.  This is accomplished by helping them achieve basic proficiency on their chosen instrument.  Technique, sound production, musical literacy and ensemble performance concepts are introduced,emphasized and reinforced.


    Fourth graders begin the year with an instrument they have chosen and a strong motivation to learn how to play it.  They spend the year learning their way around their instrument and achieving proficiency throughout a range of notes.  Music reading skills are increased with the introduction of a wider variety of notes,rhythms and other written musical elements.  Students are also introduced to the historical and performing context of the music they are performing.


    The instruments available to 4th graders are: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn or percussion (space limited).  Oboe and horn in F (French horn) are also available with the approval of the teacher.  The students use the Accent on Achievement Book 1 for their chosen instrument.