5th GRADE BAND
Instrumental Music At Diamond Path
Getting Started in Band
Diamond Path students begin their band experience in the spring of fourth grade. At that time the instrumental music teacher helps the fourth graders choose an instrument, helps their parents arrange for the rental of that instrument, and sets up a summer lesson schedule to give those students their beginning instruction.
In the fall, as fifth graders, these students continue their instruction with 20 - 30 minute small group (3-5 students) or individual weekly lessons. At home practice for these lesson is essential.
During the first week of October, all of the new band members are joined together for their first weekly band rehearsal. These rehearsals are held once a week for about an hour before school starts.
The rehearsal is where students learn the concepts of balance, blend, group precision, and musical style. Music is chosen that will enable these concepts as well as many elements of music.
The Diamond Path Fifth Grade Band will present two concerts during the year so that parents, friends and other relative have the opportunity to hear their music and observe their progress. These concerts are usually given in mid-December and late April or early May.
The concerts will each be presented twice on those days; once in the afternoon, for Diamond Path students and any family or friends that can not attend the evening concert, and again at 7:00 P.M. This concert is open to the public and all are welcome!
At Diamond Path the students are treated as individuals and are allowed to progress according to their own ability and effort. The band experience provides a wonderful opportunity for building self-confidence and self-discipline. Band members also learn a great deal about music and have the wonderful thrill of making music together!