Our Program

The Edison Bands program is one made up of grades 6-12 and includes several classes & performing ensembles.

 

The Middle School Program (grades 6-8) is under the direction of Edison Middle School’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Crista McAlester. 

We offer:

Beginner Band – this course is generally aimed at 6th graders but is open to any middle school school student that has no experience with music or playing an instrument. Here, students will be tested and placed on one of the following instruments; flute, clarinet, trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, or Euphonium. They’ll learn how to read music, hold their instruments, and how to make a good sound. They will experience playing individually and as an ensemble. We have a minimum of 2 concerts a year. 

Beginner Percussion (integ Explore) – this course is generally aimed at 6th graders but is open to any middle school school. This course will teach students how to read rhythms, hold snare sticks and mallets for classical technique, intro to drumline, and how to perform as an individual and in a group. We have a minimum of 2 concerts a year.

Intermediate Band open to any middle school student that has at least one year of experience playing an instrument. In this course, students will continue to build music literacy and expand their personal abilities to play their instruments. This is the first year that students are eligible to audition for local, district, and statewide honor bands. The music for those auditions can be found on this website here. They also become eligible to participate in ensemble competitions.

Advanced Bandopen to any middle school student that has at least two years of experience playing an instrument. In this course, students will continue to build music literacy and expand their personal abilities to play their instruments. This year is imperative to the development of our musicians. We spend a lot of time working on ensemble skills, reviewing rehearsal & competition etiquette, and sharpening our fundamentals to be ready for high school band the following year. 

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The High School Program (grades 9-12) is under the direction of Oklahoma Jazz Educator of the Year, Mr. Doug Styers. 

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