Hommocks Music Department

The Hommocks Music Department creates a musical community rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. The study of music fosters artistic development, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Developing musicianship in all of our students is at the foundation of our curriculum. The Music Department provides students with rich authentic learning experiences that create a love of music. Students participate in a choice of band, chorus, or orchestra, as well as general music and music technology. Our classrooms include state of the art rehearsal spaces, a recording studio, and an electronic music laboratory. Students perform and compete in our local community and throughout the greater New York area.

Over three years, students hone performance skills through an enhanced understanding of diverse musical concepts that help to educate the whole child.

General Music

General Music students study and create music by improvising, composing, and arranging music using voices, percussion instruments, ukulele and midi-computers. It is a graded, scheduled class. General Music includes instruction in Drumming, Ukulele Playing, Keyboard Playing, Music History, Music Theory and Composition.

Band

Students who enroll in middle school band have prior experience on their band instrument. The class is a performance class with students grouped according to grade level and instrument choice, in a graded, scheduled class which meets every other day. In the small group setting, students focus on many concepts, skills and information learned in elementary band, with an emphasis placed on proper breath support, embouchure development, tone quality, aural skills, intonation, instrument technique, music reading, listening skills, ensemble playing and teamwork. Within this curriculum, students can expect to perform a varied repertoire of music. Students will also learn appropriate rehearsal and concert etiquette.

Chorus

Students who enroll in middle school choir continue with a natural progression from the elementary choral program. It is a graded, scheduled class which meets every other day. The goal of middle school vocal music is to support and develop the adolescent changing voice by performing literature that is vocally age-appropriate. Students in the middle school choral program will sing a diverse repertoire that teaches them about the development of choral music. The courses include instruction in healthy vocal technique, proper tone production, and comprehensive musicianship. Within each grade level, there is an emphasis on independent musicianship including skill development, reading music, and part-singing depending on the grade and level of ensemble.

Orchestra

Students who enroll in middle school orchestra have prior experience on their string instrument. The class is a performance class with students grouped according to grade level, in a graded, scheduled class which meets every other day. In the small group setting, students focus on many concepts, skills and information learned in elementary orchestra, with an emphasis placed on proper hand position, bowing styles, tone quality, aural skills, intonation, instrument technique, music reading, listening skills, ensemble playing and teamwork. Within this curriculum, students can expect to perform a varied repertoire of music. Students will also learn appropriate rehearsal and concert etiquette.

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