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The Instrumental Music curriculum enables students become musicians, through the development of musical literacy, technique and performance. Students should be engaging with quality music from a range of genres in their study of Instrumental Music, and learning about the background of famous composers and the historic eras and cultures from which they came. Students develop intercultural understanding through the study of music from a range of genres, cultures, styles and eras. Students become aware of the historical and cultural contexts from which the music comes, and how that has influenced the shape of the composition. Be familiar with all aspects of the instrument and have a basic knowledge of other ensemble instruments, utilize all aspects of their instrument (fingerings, harmonics, changes of tone color etc.). Stylistically and accurately perform rhythm and melody, recognize forms, textures, tonality, meter and styles in music.


This curriculum includes band and orchestral instruments, organized in families, or strands, as follows:

Strings—violin, viola, cello, double bass;

Woodwinds—flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone;

Brass—trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba;

Percussion—tuned and untuned instruments, including snare and bass drum, drum kit, timpani, auxiliary and mallet instrument.

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