Grades 5-8 Band » Program Description

Program Description

Aristoi Classical Academy, 2018-2019

Fifth through Eighth Grade Band Syllabus

Dear Families and Students,


Aristoi Classical Academy is excited to be able to offer band to your 5th - 8th grade student!

Please read this syllabus carefully as it includes important information, including required supplies, class expectations, and attendance requirements.

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  • Classes will be held 2-3 times per week
  • 5-6 grade sessions are for 30 minutes during a portion of the students’ PE class
  • 7-8 grade sessions are for 40 minutes during a portion of the students' Guided Study class
    • 7-8 grade has a Advanced Band group and a Beginner Group
  • Regular attendance is required.
  • Extra help will be available by appointment, generally before or after school. Private lessons are strongly encouraged but not required. 
  • Students will not submit a practice record, but regular practice at home is essential to success in learning an instrument. 




With regular class attendance and home practice, band students will be able to:

  • Play their instrument with a characteristic tone quality.
  • Read and write music notation.
  • Play alone and in groups, a varied repertoire of music.
  • Relate music to other subject areas such as history or math.
  • Demonstrate proper care and maintenance of their instrument.
  • Develop listening and ear-training skills.
  • Listen to, evaluate, and respond to musical performances thoughtfully and appropriately.
  • Show respect and give encouragement to fellow band students.
Required Supplies:


  • Instrument and its necessary supplies Students are expected to provide their own instrument. Rental fees at area shops are quite reasonable (approximately $35 per month), and it is possible to find good quality low-cost instruments at pawn shops, Craigslist, and EBay. However, NO instrument should be purchased without it having been approved by the instructor and/or evaluated by a reputable repair technician. Not all instruments are created equal and while it may have seemed like a good deal, it may end up to be a terrible regret. The benefit to renting is that repairs and maintenance are usually included in the rental fee.
    • If obtaining an instrument by any of these means is not financially feasible for you, please bring your concerns to the instructor or the head of school.
  • 1-inch 3-ring binder
  • Folding music stand (for use at home)



Classroom expectations:

  • Attend every band class. Always bring your instrument, binder, and pencil and take them with you when you leave.
  • Treat people, facilities, equipment, and supplies with respect.
  • Every sound you make on your instrument should be made with the intent of creating a beautiful sound.


Performance expectations:


  • Winter Band Concert- Thursday, December 13, 7pm, at the Griffin Center.
  • Spring Band Concert- Thursday, May 16, 7pm, at the Griffin Center.



Since our band classes meet less frequently than a typical school band program, it is essential that students attend every band class with their instrument and supplies. It is the students’ responsibility to make sure they know their band class schedule, which will be provided during the first week of school.