The music program at Weston Middle School provides students with the choice of taking General Music, Band, Orchestra or Chorus. Student participation in each of these courses is a full-year commitment.
General Music – 6, 7, 8
The Weston Middle School General Music program is designed to address performance, aesthetic training, and further develop musical understanding. It is an eclectic and integrated program aligned with National and State Standards for music education.
6 – Group Guitar Class
In the sixth-grade Group Guitar Class, students will explore traditional American folk and popular music through performing and responding to a variety of music styles and genres, and by composing their own music.
7 – Piano Lab
In the seventh-grade Piano Lab program, students will Incorporate the elements of music, cultivate listening and responding skills and perform music by playing and improvising on piano. Students will also compose their own music using Sibelius Software.
8 – Music Technology
In the eighth-grade Music Technology program, students will develop an understanding of music in relation to history and culture. Students will create music with Sibelius Software, Garageband Software, digital keyboards, microphones, and present their compositions through a variety of technological mediums such as iMovie, iPhoto, and iTunes.
Performing Ensembles – 6, 7, 8
Performance music includes participation in choral, band and string ensembles which culminates in public performances. It provides the opportunity to develop and refine individual aptitudes, skills and understanding, experiences in group dynamics and communicative power. Each student who participates in a performing ensemble will be part of their grade-level band, orchestra or chorus.
Chorus is open to any student who enjoys singing and wants to improve their ability. Attention is given to proper breathing, tone production, diction and music reading. Students learn two and three-part singing and upper grade levels perform more complex vocal ensemble music. There is a minimum of three performances each year.
Band is open to any student who wishes to continue studying their band instrument. Students develop technical skill on their instruments and are involved in music sectionals in addition to full ensemble rehearsals. There is a minimum of three concerts each year.
Orchestra is open to any student who wishes to continue studying their stringed instrument. Students develop technical skill on their instruments and are involved in music sectionals in addition to full ensemble rehearsals. There is a minimum of three concerts each year.
Auditioned Ensembles – 6-8
WMS Chamber Singers is a small vocal ensemble of students from grades 6 through 8, chosen through audition, who learn and perform more complex vocal material. They meet one to two afternoons per week after school, and perform in various venues and competitions. Students must have a serious commitment to acquiring vocal excellence, both individually and as an ensemble.
WMS Chamber Ensemble is a small string group of students from grades 6 through 8, chosen through audition, who learn and perform advanced string ensemble music. They meet one afternoon a week after school, and perform in various venues and competitions. Students must have a serious commitment to acquiring excellence on their instruments, both individually and as an ensemble.
WMS Jazz Lab Band is a beginning jazz ensemble open to 6th and 7th grade students. Auditions for this group take place at the beginning of each new school year. Students learn to improvise and perform beginning and intermediate levels of jazz music on their instruments. Participation in a WMS music ensemble during the school day is required by all students admitted into the Jazz Lab Band. Rehearsals are after school, there is a minimum of three performances per year.
WMS Jazz Ensemble is a performance ensemble that meets once weekly after school and in a small section ensemble once a week before school. Participation in this ensemble is by audition. Students will study jazz music through performance and continue to the study concepts that were introduced in the jazz lab band. The WMS Jazz Ensemble is an extension to the school’s instrumental music program and all students participating in the jazz ensemble are required to be a part of the band, orchestra, or chorus.