6th Grade Parents and Students

  This page will provide helpful information and answer some questions as you begin to make decisions about junior high!  Seventh grade is the only time students can join beginner band.

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1/27/15 > Benefits of Playing an Instrument

Music is a Science. It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor's score is a chart, a graph with indicated frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

Music is Mathematical. It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.

Music is a Foreign Language. Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly no English, but a highly developed kind of short hand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

Music is History. Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation - often even the country and/or political feeling.

Music is Physical Education. It requires fantastic coordination and control of muscles which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

Music is Immortal. It has been around since man first discovered he could organize the noise around him and create something which would transcend and uplift the human experience. Music shall live as long as there are ears and minds to listen and appreciate this art.

Music is Art. It allows a human being to take all these dry, technical, techniques and use them to create emotion.

1/27/15 > What every parent should know about the CJH Band
-No prior musical training is necessary.
-The band program at Central is highly regarded at the state level.
-Participation in the band program, in many cases, has proven to be a tremendous incentive for maintaining a good academic record.
-Self-discipline develops with the mastery of a musical instrument.
-Band is taught every day as part of the regular school day and is considered an academic elective.
-Seventh grade beginners are taught every day to achieve maximum playing potential as quickly as possible.
-Private lessons are available, encouraged and highly recommended.
-Initially we suggest that you rent an instrument rather than purchase one. School instruments are available for only $40 per semester.
1/27/15 > What Instruments are Available?
Instruction is given on the following instruments: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion.
1/27/15 > What does the band director look for when I select my instrument?
No experience is necessary. We look for a good attitude, a desire to be in the band, and a willingness to work and have FUN! The directors will personally meet with each student and look at your mouth, teeth, and finger coordination to find the perfect instrument for YOU!
1/27/15 > What are the advantages of being in band?
The most obvious is learning to play an instrument for your own pleasure. Studies have shown that playing a musical instrument helps you academically. Other advantages include: Concert, Contests, Band Camp, Trips, Parties, Mountasia, Lock-In's, Six Flags and the opportunity to play in the TOP BAND IN THE STATE!
1/27/15 > Who will be in band?
-Your friends and fellow classmates will join you in what will be some of the most exciting times of your school life.

-The Central Band is the largest spirit organization with close to 300 band members. Many of our band students are among the leaders in academic achievement, school spirit, and club activites. Academically, eight out of ten of the top 9th graders were band members the last few years!

-We have athletes, choir members, student council members, cheerleaders, and honor students. In fact, four out of the six OUTSTANDING SPARTANS have been band members the last three years!