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WAYLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL BANDS

YOUR MOMENT TO SHOW OFF!!!
(AKA: Band Exams)

 

page revised 12/30/2011

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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Two times each year students have an opportunity to show off their progress.  This show-off moment has a rather formal title: "BAND EXAMS".  Exams happen twice a year and each one has slightly different requirements. The chromatic scale is a give in all exams and all auditions - including percussionists - so keep it under your fingers! Generally, the requirement are below (may vary somewhat from year to year)

DO NOT RELY ON THIS PAGE FOR INFO TO PREPARE FOR YOUR EXAM!!!!!!!!!!! ALWAYS CHECK THE CURRENT REQUIREMENTS!

running noteJANUARY click here for exact requirements (Jan 2012)

  • Winds:
    • Chromatic scale plus two others for concert band and three others for symphonic band (major or minor)
    • Some portion of one of new band pieces for winds - I will select it and assign which parts are to be prepared.
    • Sight-reading based on a rhythm that we have been working on in workshops. Be prepared to write in the counting.
  • Percussion:
    • Chromatic scale plus some rudiments, a long steady roll, steady single strokes and other techniques we have been working on.
    • Concert Band Perccussion: Some portion of one of our band pieces - I will select it and assign which parts are to be prepared.
    • Symphonic Band Percussion: The assigned piece is usually the multiple percussion piece that is part of the junior district percussion audition - it is tough, but really pushes you to learn about the very important auxiliary instruments, and how to move around the section and play different instruments. Students will need to find time to come in to practice this piece with the equipment. (Yes, everyone plays this, not just junior district auditionees.) Piece for Jan 2012
    • Sight-reading based on a rhythm that we have been working on in workshops. Be prepared to write in the counting.

runningnoteMAY click here for exact requirements (spring 2011)

  • Sixth and Seventh Graders
    • Again, chromatic scale plus other scales or rudiments.
    • A piece of your choice. It should be something that will show off your best playing and should have some kind of style contrast in it, like fast/slow or staccato/legato.  Be prepared to explain the contrast. You may use sections from more than one piece. You may use band music or lesson music or something you have worked out yourself (beware of popular tunes from books: I am fussy about having you play the rhythm that is written - if you play it the way you think it sounds, it will probably be wrong!). What ever you choose, it should be at least 8 lines long and have some kind of contrast like: style change (jazz/classical, swing/Latin, march/quiet piece), tempo change, staccato/legato...
    • Sight-reading is again based on a rhythm that we have been working on in workshops. Be prepared to write in the counting.
  • Eighth Graders
    • No scales or rudiments (yes, I said NO scales/rudiments!)
    • A piece to show off with (see 6th/7th grade description)
    • Eighth grade final sight-reading. This is a comprehensive evaluation of your music reading skills. It will cover basic quarter note, half note rhythms, dotted quarters, dotted eighth/sixteenths, cut time, and 6/8. Each of these rhythm samples will include easy rhythms as well as more challenging rhythms with rests, syncopation and tricky patterns. If you practice the review sheets, you
      should be in good shape (pages R6, R11, R13 & R14 in the band stuff book). The assessment will also test your ability to count correctly on long held notes and rests. The test will be available for viewing for a few days prior to the exams. You may not take it home to practice, but practice rhythm sheets will be available and we will work on all of these rhythms in workshops. This assessment will go to Mr. O. as you move to the high school.

runningnoteHINTS FOR PREPARING YOUR MUSIC...

  • Always, always, always pay attention to dynamics.
  • Check for slurs, accents, staccatos, ritards and other details.
  • Be very careful to play correct dynamics.
  • Winds be sure to use your tongue, no "who" to start the notes!
  • Feel free to see me for help or take it to your private lesson teacher - I want you to do well and will help you get there!
  • If the assignment seems too hard, see me for help or an alternative assignment (no loss of points)

Parents!! Contact me if your young musician is panicked or having trouble with the exam material.
This exam is not intended to see who is good enough and who isn't,
its purpose is to assess the musician's current progress and what he/she should be focusing on next.
If the material is too difficult, an alternative assignment can be supplied at no loss of points.

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Ever wonder WHY BAND EXAMS?!?!? Follow the link for the answer.

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MID-YEAR EXAMS - January

MID-YEAR Exam Requirements & Hints (2010-2011)

Exam Assessment Sheets (check them to see how to prepare)

Download pdf files of the exam assessments here. Remember - an assessment form is the student's best friend because it tells you EXACTLY what the teacher is looking for! Use it as a guide as you practice and try to get up to the top level in each area!


FINAL EXAMS - May

Final Band Exam Requirements (2009-2010)

Exam Assessment Sheets (check them to see how to prepare)

Download pdf files of the exam assessments here. Remember - an assessment form is the student's best friend because it tells you EXACTLY what the teacher is looking for! Use it as a guide as you practice and try to get up to the top level in each area!

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