The goal of Odyssey’s Band class is to give students the best musical experience they can have with exposure to different types of music from classical to pop. Our bands perform at seasonal concerts and at school/community events throughout the year. Over the last several years, Odyssey students have earned spots in the Coweta County District Honor Band and many more continue to play in their high school and college bands.
Students are able to start band this year at Odyssey in the 6th grade where they begin playing at the Intermediate band level. (Band music is rated as Easy, then Level 1 through Level IV.) Our Intermediate band students are learning to play music that is rated Level I and Level II, such as the theme from Star Wars. The songs have notes that are more difficult to play and there may be sequences of notes that are more challenging.
Our 7th and 8th graders are part of Advanced Band. They are playing music from Level II and III and even Level IV (Phantom of the Opera). Our Advanced Band is a shining example of the growth that our students experience in grades 6-8. In April 2014, the Odyssey Advanced Band earned an Excellent rating at the Georgia Music Education Association Band Festival held at the Center for Performing Arts.
The band fee this year is $20 which will be used for purchasing all new concert music and materials. In addition, students must also purchase the appropriate music book for their instrument and level ($10) as well as a performance shirt (amount and deadline TBD). The band fee must be paid within the first three weeks of school while books should be paid for by end of the first full week of school (8/14/15).
Students are required to practice 90 minutes per week on their own time (after school) as part of their student centered learning process. There may also occasionally be after school practices before performances to ensure that students are well-prepared. Those times will be scheduled as needed by the band director.
Odyssey School owns two baritones and all the bass percussion instruments. Students may use these instruments provided they purchase their own mouthpiece. Percussion students playing snare drum will need to provide their own drum. Otherwise, students may rent or purchase instruments from local music shops such as Music & Arts (Peachtree City) which rent student instruments. Also parents are advised to check online (Craigslist/Amazon/Ebay/OfferUp) and area pawn shops which frequently have instruments for sale.
Odyssey will also gladly accept donations of instruments! Please contact the Band Director if you have any questions or you have an instrument that you would like to donate.
More detailed description of Odyssey Intermediate and Advanced Band learning objectives:
6th and 7th Grade – Intermediate Band
Music goals for intermediate band curriculum include identifying and learning music theory concepts including staff notation, time signatures, key signatures, tempo, dynamics, melody, and harmony.
Students will be exposed to and learn new music literature. They will play alone and in ensemble a varied repertoire of music as they prepare music for performance and performance evaluation.
Students will demonstrate a greater ensemble awareness through proper rehearsal technique and performance etiquette. They will learn to interpret and express a more refined understanding of the musical concepts of balance, blend, intonation, and timing. They will listen to and perform music in the context of its history and culture using media and technology resources. The Intermediate band will play music at Levels 1 and 2.
7th and 8th Grade – Advanced Band
Students will learn and play alone and in ensemble a varied repertoire of music in preparation for performance and performance evaluation.
Music goals for the advanced band curriculum include the continued study and analysis of music theory and the development of a stronger understanding of complex rhythms and multi-time signatures. Physiological and anatomical components of performance are studied. Stretching, singing, and breathing exercises will serve to reinforce the fundamentals of proper practice and performance technique.
Students will continue to reinforce proper warm-up techniques and ensemble skills through performance of ensemble literature, rehearsal etiquette, dynamic expression, stylistic interpretation, blend and balance, steady tempo, rhythmic accuracy, and proper intonation.
The study of simple musical ornamentation stylistically representative of the historic period may be involved. Further, students will demonstrate advanced sight-reading and performance skills by applying their understanding of complex timing and standard notation systems into individual and ensemble performances at an advanced band level.
Students will further analyze and apply musical terms and music theory components being studied in the music literature to practice and performance. Advanced band students will also listen to, analyze, and perform music literature in the context of its history and culture using media and technology resources. Advanced Band will play music at Levels 2 thru 4.
Meet the Teacher
Our Band Director is Patrick Thompson.