- STUDENT LIFE
Instrumental instruction is an important part of the fine arts program at MMBA, evidenced by the fact that most of our students participate in one of the bands. Our goal is to help students develop the talents and abilities the Lord has given them and to use those talents in an appropriate manner. Elementary students begin instruction at the fifth grade, but older transfer students may also begin instruction in one of the standard band instruments by taking private lessons. We offer instruction in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and orchestral percussion.
5th Grade Band
All fifth grade students participate in beginning band. The director assists each student in choosing an appropriate instrument, and instruction is given three times a week in a mixed group format. The school provides instruments, or the child may choose to use his or her own instrument. We use Standard of Excellence book one as our method book, which is supplemented with appropriate concert literature. Class grades are based on weekly practice time and individual playing tests. The fifth grade band performs for the Christmas concert and the elementary spring program.
Junior High Band
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 have the opportunity to participate in Junior High Band. The class meets 3-4 times each week for approximately 40 minutes. Instruction consists of technical exercises and grade 2 and 3 band literature. Students are expected to practice 60 minutes each week. Quarter grades are based on practice time, playing tests, and performance. Our award-winning group performs for concerts and the IACS Junior High Fine Arts Competition.
Senior High Band
Students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to audition for High School Band, which meets three times each week. The successful student will be playing at the grade 3 level or higher. The band performs for various concerts and has also been very successful in competitions at the state and national level. Performance dress is black dress for the ladies and tuxes for the men.