Band instruction is offered in middle school as an elective. Students in 6th Grade Band will learn how to play their chosen instrument with special emphasis on tone production, breath support, embouchure, and reading and playing simple rhythms. In 7th and 8th grade, students rehearse as a large group. Rehearsals focus on tone production, breath support, lyrical interpretation of concert music, and proper phrasing of musical passages. Scale studies, rhythm exercises, and exercises from the band method book enhance rehearsals.
Students perform in various school performances and area competitions.
In Middle School Chorus, the students study a variety of music from different styles and cultures. Through classroom activities and performance, these students develop their knowledge of the elements of music, proper and age-appropriate vocal technique, and music reading skills. Students will sing a wide variety of quality choral music and will participate in at least two performances per semester. Chorus is a performance-based class, and participation in concerts and activities outside normal school hours is required.
Chorus students also have the opportunity to audition for Mt. Bethel's Spring Musical. Previous productions include Honk! Jr., Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr., and Annie, Jr. Students participating in the musical will receive stylistically and age-appropriate vocal instruction, learn theater terminology, and have the opportunity to assist with choreography and stage direction.