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Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!I would like to welcome all my new parents and students and of course, welcome back my veteran musicians and their parents. I have always felt that I have one of the most amazing positions at Bragg. I simply get to teach them music...but it is so much more than that. Embedded within an instrumental music education is a way for students to problem solve, organize their life, and be a team player. For three years, I am witness to my students developing their way of thinking and become both responsible musicians and students.I am proud to say that I currently offer five different programs for students to get involved in as they progress though Bragg. Below you will find a brief description of each program available to your child or children.Explorer Program
This innovative program exposes the children to all of the traditional band instruments, allowing them to discover which instrument they enjoy playing the most, while providing the child with the opportunity to discover their strengths as very young musicians. This will assist them in taking an educated step forward in choosing an instrument to play the following year as they move into a more traditional instrumental program. The school year is divided into five parts (each part approximately 6 weeks long). During each of those sections, the following instruments are covered:
-Clarinet (with an introduction to the Alto Saxophone)
-Percussion (bell set)
The students involved in this program will be able to draw from information they have been taught though out their K-5 general music instruction. At the culmination of the Explorer Program, the students and I discuss appropriate instrument choices they would like to explore in the Symphonic Band.Symphonic Band
The Symphonic Band is open to all fourth or fifth grade students. A majority of the students who participate in the program will have completed the Explorer Program. Though it is encouraged, it is not required that students participate in the Explorer Program in order to participate in the Symphonic Band. The instruction provided to the students will continue from the material that was covered in the Explorers Program. The students at this level of instruction will learn the most amount of "new" material to be offered where as during the other levels of instruction, the students will be reinforcing and perfecting their skills.Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble is open to fifth grade students who have completed all of their assessments in the Symphonic band. Students who decide to continue to this program are challenged further than they have been in the prior programs. The students will work to perfect the material they have learn in their prior instruction as well as cover more advanced topics throughout the year. They will develop their leadership skills that will carry over to their academic areas of study and that will prepare for middle school.Chamber Music Program
The Chamber Music Program is a voluntary program consisting of advanced students involved in the Wind Ensemble who have passed the first six assessments in the Band Karate Assessment System. Of the students involved in the program, 3-5 different groups are developed. Each group meets once a week in addition to their weekly lesson. Students must get a permission slipped signed by their parents in order to participate in the program.Please take a look though my site and feel free to email me if you are unable to find the answer or answers to your questions. I have included a number of interesting studies about music education in schools and the short and long term benefits to students.