Johnson's Band and Orchestra classes offer a chance to perform and reward diligent effort in an encouraging environment. Students do not need any music experience to join. This is a great opportunity to learn step by step.
Beginning Band allows students to experiment with instruments in a positive, supportive environment as they build success step-by-step in reading and playing music. Students begin with the recorder which teaches them discipline and how to read music. Student then commit to a band instrument during the early part of the 2nd Trimester. Choices include the Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Snare Drum.
Intermediate Band focuses on teamwork, performance protocol, and developing competence in motivating concert material. Students also have an opportunity to choose more advanced instruments which are available.
Advanced Band develops confidence in technique and expression. It offers a wide range of concert material and lively performances. The students also have opportunities to perform off-campus.
Beginning Strings allows students to explore and learn to play a stringed instrument. Choices include: violin, viola, cello and double bass. Students learn the skill of reading music and develop the discipline needed to follow the conductor while playing together as a group. Many of the songs are folk tunes from around the world.
Intermediate Strings requires perseverance and effort as students gain mastery in technique, theory, history, performance protocol and develop competence in challenging concert material.
Advanced Strings provides students with opportunity to acquire confidence in artistry, technique, stimulating concert material and performance.
Music Appreciation is an interdisciplinary elective class that introduces students to the ABCs of music, including expression, theory, history and hands-on experience with introductory instruments.
Music Appreciation Class is also taught by Mr. Paxton. This is an interdisciplinary class that introduces students to the ABCs of music, including expression, theory, history and hands-on experience with introductory instruments.