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Music/Band

Ms. Pederson
Phone: (701) 679-2685
Email: Courtney.Pederson@k12.nd.us

Elementary General Music Classes

Elementary general music classes (PreK-6) focus on learning important music concepts in a variety of ways, inspired by Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze.  Through movement, games, playing instruments, and singing, students learn and participate individually and collectively.  A strong emphasis is put of music literacy, with rhythm and staff reading occurring on a regular basis.  This prepares students for band and choir; it also provides them the tools they need to practice music independently, inside and outside of school.  Grading is largely based on participation and behavior, along with written assignments and small projects.

Student Behavior Expectations

Students should be responsible, respectful, and have a positive attitude, participating to their fullest potential.

5th and 6th Grade Band

Students are highly encouraged to start band in the 5th grade, and are recommended to participate in the regional beginning band camp in Washburn, which usually occurs in the beginning of August.  In both 5th and 6th grade band, students work through a methods book chosen by the teacher, as well as concert music for winter and spring concerts, and solo music for required participation in the elementary festival, taking place in March.  Grading is based on bi-weekly playing tests, participation, and preparation.  Students are expected to practice regularly outside of school.

Students may sign up for individual lesson times in the mornings before school, or during otherwise scheduled times.

Student Behavior Expectations

Students should be responsible, respectful, and have a positive attitude, participating to their fullest potential.  Students should always have their instrument and music on band days.

Jr/Sr High Band/Choir

School Ensembles: 7-8 Choir (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 Band (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), 9-12 Choir (Daily), 9-12 Band (Daily)

Students are expected to show up on time with the required materials and equipment, and exhibit a good work ethic.  Practice outside of school is encouraged, but not required.  Students are graded on participation, behavior, preparation, and attendance of their concerts and contests.  Students may try out and participate in several regional ensembles and contests; this includes but is not limited to Celebration of Music, Northwestern Festival, Western Plains Children’s Choir, Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival, and All-State.