All students at McCall study music. The choices are band, percussion/band, chorus, orchestra, and general music. In addition, students may audition for our after-school groups, Jazz Band and Solo Voce or join the Heritage Chorus. There are no fees for any of the music courses, including band and orchestra.
Band, Percussion/Band, Chorus, and Orchestra
In-school performing groups generally meet every other day and build on the training in singing, playing and musical literacy begun in elementary school. Concert performance is part of our curriculum, so band, chorus and orchestra students should expect to participate and wear concert attire. Occasional before- or after-school rehearsals may be necessary when several classes or groups prepare to perform together. Learning and performing music in a group is an enriching experience that many students will continue throughout their lives.
Band and Orchestra students need intermediate skills to participate, at least a year of lessons prior to 6th grade. During the middle school years students’ skills, expression and understanding of performance on their instrument expands quickly as they perform a varied repertoire of classical, folk and popular music.
Percussion/Band meets all year in alignment with the 6th Grade Band. Open to students who have completed one or more years of instruction in percussion or would like to learn to play concert percussion in an ensemble. Students with piano experience are encouraged to consider this option. If the number of interested students in this class exceeds the number of available seats, students will be chosen randomly for assignment.
If a student is interested in joining the band or orchestra but does not currently play a woodwind, brass or string instrument, please contact the Music Director for more information.
Students in general music sing, move, play instruments, learn the basics of music notation, and study music from a variety of cultures and musical styles. Unlike Band, Chorus, and Orchestra which are year-long courses, General Music is a semester long course. Students who are enrolled in General Music will take Drama during the opposite semester.
After School Groups
After school groups available to all McCall students include Jazz Band, Solo Voci, and Heritage Singers. Jazz Band students who play band or orchestra instruments are expected to participate in McCall’s day-time instrumental ensembles. Solo Voci is by audition and is open to students who are also enrolled in a McCall band, chorus or orchestra. Heritage Singers is open to any student wanting to have an after school choral experience – no audition is required.
Only those students enrolled in band, orchestra, and/or chorus ensembles are eligible to audition for their corresponding Northeast Junior District Festival ensembles.
6th Grade Music Program
Band, Percussion/Band, Chorus, Orchestra
Band and Orchestra rehearse three times every six-day cycle for the entire school year. Sixth grade band students also meet once per cycle for group lessons on their instrument. Percussion/Band is scheduled concurrently with sixth grade band, giving the students the opportunity to gain band experience as they progress.
Chorus sections rehearse every other day for the full year. Sections are combined within grade level for performances. As always, students are expected to participate in all scheduled performances and wear appropriate attire.
General Music Program
Students use classroom instruments, movement, singing, and guided listening experiences in the 6th grade program. Our goal is to encourage musical expression, creativity and expanded music literacy.
7th Grade Music Program
Band, Chorus, and Orchestra
In 7th grade performing groups meet every other day all year. Band and Orchestra students are expected to have a skill level of about two years of study. As always, students are expected to participate in all scheduled performances and wear appropriate attire.
Seventh grade music students learn hands-on. Classes include theory, performance and composition and may include voice, ukulele, and keyboards. Students also explore elements of American Musical Theater. The goals of the program are to increase students’ appreciation for a variety of musical styles, to engender an understanding that music is a language through which people can communicate, and to develop creativity through group and individual projects.
8th Grade Music Program
Band, Chorus, and Orchestra
In 8th grade, performing groups meet every other day all year. Band and Orchestra students are expected to have a skill level of about three years of study. As always, students are expected to participate in all scheduled performances and wear appropriate attire.
Students learn about composers and their music from a variety of periods, including the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods. Instruction continues in basic music theory with performance and composition using voice, ukulele, and keyboard. Students explore various careers in music.