Trumpet Player
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Drumset
Double Bass Player
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INSTRUMENTALS

 

Students enroll in the class that focuses on their type instrument:  brass, flute, reed, or percussion. These classes provide an expert led small group environment, allowing our teachers to support students’ development in vital and effective ways, utilizing greater attention to each student than the traditional model large ensemble "band" allows. Our expert teachers will offer guidance towards excellent fundamentals, aiming to lay a solid foundation students can build on reliably and successfully!

Classes will cover central issues like instrument care and maintenance, embouchure,

articulation, successful practice habits, breathing, posture, reading, pitches and rhythms, following a conductor, and development of tone. Essentials and Techniques students perform at Christmas and spring concerts.

                                                                  Please see pgs. 10-12 in the Course Catalog for more details.

Essentials & Techniques

 

Welcome to our Concert Bandthe next destination for students after meeting the standards covered in the Essentials and Techniques classes. In Concert Band, students rehearse and perform alongside all of the families of instruments brass, woodwinds, and percussion together in the standard "band" configuration! In this more diverse musical setting, they learn to balance their individual contributions with supporting an exciting, multi-faceted team. Students explore and learn more about what their particular instruments do in an ensemble and the characteristic roles of their particular instrument and others. Students routinely work from method books, and will also receive pieces across the semester.

In rehearsal, students are led through the challenges of the music, given focused pointers to practice at home, and encouraged towards personal responsibility and development all under the watchful eye of our esteemed and experienced conducting staff. All of these efforts culminate in a performance each semester that celebrates the students' hard work and development.

         Please see the Course Catalog for more details.

Concert Band

 
 

Symphonic Band

Our most advanced instrumentalists comprise Nashville Notes' Symphonic Band, our top tier band ensemble. This ensemble performs the most challenging music of all our ensembles, and relies heavily on each student's maturing skills and advancing abilities.

Students should expect to utilize a well developed tone across a significant range, and to perform with a stable, dependable control of pitch.  Also, students should reflect a broad rhythmic vocabulary, an accurate and intentional delivery of dynamics, and should be ready to cultivate stylistic command and authenticity in diverse musical settings reaching beyond fundamental band traditions. 

 

Like our other ensembles, students receive and tackle music across the semester under the direction of our fabulous conducting team. Students are expected to address the challenges in rehearsal and to invest personal practice always applying the best of themselves in regards to personal responsibility and pursuit of excellence. Rehearsals culminate in a performance at the end of each semester that proudly displays the highest aspirations of our band experience here at Nashville Notes.

     Please see the Course Catalog for more details.

 

Jazz Band

This ensemble is designed to guide students in an exploration of jazz through both performance and research of its history, iconic compositions and performers.

Students gain familiarity and orientation in the rich history of jazz and its associated subgenres as they study and perform music from the rich library of the jazz tradition, from Louis Armstrong and New Orleans' "Second Line" to Miles Davis and the Birth of

the Cool, from big band swing to bebop, Cuban music, R&B and beyond! Our primary focus is on improvisation, as students learn to express themselves according to their imagination and unique musical voice. Students receive tools to train their ears and minds to realize and perform their own creative intentions as they work to cultivate an authentic jazz "voice", which means developing a personal and expressive tone, emphasizing rhythmic feel and timing, and studying transcriptions of great solos.

They also study popular song forms, including the 12 bar Blues format, and the 32 bar Great American popular song style. Advanced students can expect to be offered gigs outside of Nashville Notes regular concert programming.

     Please see the Course Catalog for more details.

 

Worship Band

Worship band is comprised of instrumentalists and vocalists, beginners to advanced,

who are interested in learning about the special aspects of this unique type of ensemble. Students will be given instruction on how to know what to play, working together as a team, getting the right sound from their instrument, as well as training in leading others to participate and Biblical foundations of worship. Class time will be divided between instruction and practical application through participation. Many musical styles of worship will be explored during the semester giving opportunity for a wide variety of instrumentation and vocal participation. Students can expect to learn how to replicate existing songs, how to adapt song arrangements to fit different instrumentation, and how to lead others to participate. Students will participate in smaller ensembles as well as a large group.

     Please see the Course Catalog for more details.

 

Drumline

FALL SEMESTER ONLY

Drumline consists of snares, tenors, bass drums, cymbals, and all mallet instruments. This ensemble has played for football and basketball games, marched in parades, and is enjoyed by the band concert audience. Drumline is a unique opportunity for percussion and non percussion students to expand their musical skills and experience.

    Please see the Course Catalog for more details.

 

Percussion Ensemble

SPRING SEMESTER ONLY

PE is strong in developing musicality in all the concert percussion instruments and more timpani, marimba, vibes, drumset, xylophone, snare, bells, etc.

    Please see the Course Catalog for more details.

 

Acoustic Guitar 

Acoustic Guitar classes are 1 semester long with the option of continuing a second

semester. Registration for the 2nd semester will be available Nov. 1st

This class will focus on the following: 

1. Tuning the Guitar in Standard Tuning

2. Learn basic open chords

3. Learn basic strumming techniques

4. Learn several songs

5. Learn how to play a  major scale and learn major scale formula

6. Play simple solos over chords

7. Learn how to read a chord chart

In addition to the concepts listed above, the instructor will review technique with each student every week. The focus on correct hand and finger positioning is critical to each guitarist’s development and progress.

    Please see the Course Catalog for more details.

 

Electric Guitar 

Electric Guitar classes are 1 semester long with the option of continuing a second

semester. Registration for the 2nd semester will be available Nov. 1st

This class will focus on the following:

1. Tuning the Guitar in Standard Tuning

2. Learn basic 3 note chords 18

3. Learn basic strumming techniques

4. Learn several songs

5. Learn about basic amp, pedal, and effects

6. Learn how to play major scale and learn major scale formula

7. Play simple solos over chords

8. Learn how to slide between notes, hammer on, and bend notes

9. Introduction to guitar tablature or “Tab” for short.

In addition to the concepts listed above, the instructor will review technique with each student every week. The focus on correct hand and finger positioning is critical to each guitarist’s development and progress.

    Please see the Course Catalog for more details.