Program of Studies

Foreword

 

The purpose of this pamphlet is to provide valuable information about the Instrumental Music Program. To achieve and maintain the high standard of excellence desired by this organization, members should familiarize themselves with the regulations, procedures and traditions of the program. It is hoped that some of the questions always prevalent with a musical organization will be answered in this pamphlet. If a problem or question not covered should arise, the director should be consulted for an explanation.

Mission Statement

Responsible Citizens-Lifelong Learners

 

In partnership with the community, the mission of Enfield High School is to educate our students to be productive and responsible individuals in a global society. We teach students to use their minds effectively, to demonstrate integrity and respect, and to become lifelong learners.

 

Music is a vital part of the total educational experience of every student. Through group interaction, music affords the opportunity to examine and develop human and social values, and ideals of conduct including achievement, cooperation, responsibility and good citizenship. To this end, the Music Department offers a program that addresses the artistic, aesthetic, intellectual, cultural, and emotional needs of all students. Participation in the program promotes an awareness of our American musical heritage and culture in addition to the musical heritage and culture of other lands. It also provides students with an avenue of social growth, creativity, communication and career information.

 

Course Descriptions

 

CONCERT/

MARCHING BAND

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

1 Credit

(651)

Eligibility for participation is determined by previous instrumental music experience, musical ability, and dedication to the band program. Enrollment is for the entire school year, which includes participation in both the Marching Band and the Concert Band season. The Concert/Marching Band rehearses as a course, with additional rehearsals out of school. The Concert/Marching Band performs at football games, parades, concerts, and other public functions. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals both in and out of school is mandatory. Students will develop musicianship and technical proficiency on their instruments. The repertoire consists of a variety of quality works for concert and marching band. Band requires a full commitment and all students are expected to demonstrate a mature working attitude and prepare music to an excellent performance level. This course may be repeated for credit and is available for Honors Level II credit (10th, 11th, 12th only).

 

 

 

JAZZ COMBO

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

1 Credit

(652)

The Jazz Combo is an integral part of the overall band program. A serious effort is made to promote musical growth through the study and performance of jazz and related styles of music. Membership for this ensemble is by audition and at the discretion of the director. Jazz Combo represents a limited and exact instrumentation. The ensemble performs at school concerts, competitive festivals and numerous public and civic functions. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals both in and out of school is mandatory. This course may be repeated for credit and is available for Honors Level II credit (10th, 11th, 12th only).

STRING ORCHESTRA

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

1 Credit

(653)

This is a performing ensemble open to all students who presently play or have a deep interest in learning an orchestral stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students will develop musicianship and technical proficiency on their instruments. String and orchestral literature of various genres will be performed. The ensemble performs at school concerts and numerous public and civic functions. The String Ensemble rehearses as a course. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals both in and out of school is mandatory. This course may be repeated for credit and is available for Honors Level II credit (10th, 11th, 12th only).

           

Co-curricular and Extra Curricular Opportunities

 

Jazz Ensemble (by audition or at the discretion of the director)

This is a performing ensemble that is focused on big band repertoire and jazz related styles. After-school rehearsals begin the end of October until the Spring Concert date from 5:30-7:00PM Wednesday evenings. Ensemble performs at the Winter Concert, UMASS Jazz Festival, Enfield Jazz Festival and the Spring Concert. Occasional civic functions include the Enfield Arts Festival, Adult Day Care, Local Elementary Schools, and the Program of Studies Evening.

Percussion Ensemble

Co-curricular ensemble. Must be a member of an Instrumental Ensemble to participate. Weekly rehearsals begin in November and conclude in the beginning of May. Currently rehearses on Tuesday’s 5:00PM-7:30PM.

Small Ensembles

 

For many years Enfield High School maintained a strong tradition of small ensembles and performing groups. This is a tradition we as an instrumental music department hope to continue upon the completion of the new Enfield High School music wing. Interested students should inquire of Mr. Reppucci and/or Mr. Rescsanszky during the year.

 

Outdoor Guard and Winter Guard

Extra-curricular performance group. Includes dance, drama, equipment, and choreographed movement. Outdoor Guard rehearses Monday evenings 4:00PM-6:00PM. Members attend Marching Band Camp and all rehearsals during marching band season. Group performs with the Enfield Marching Band as the visual unit at all Marching Band functions. Winter Guard rehearsals also on Thursday evenings from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. Performance venues to be determined.

 

Performance Policies

 

Student performances are a very special part of the Enfield Instrumental Music Program. They are the culmination of musical refinement, and the learning and efforts that take place during the rehearsal. Performances offer the opportunity to be enthusiastically recognized for their hard work and talents by their peers and the public. In most regular classrooms, the student’s ability to perform, as well as the success of the overall class performance is usually not damaged by a single student absence. In music ensembles, however, a single absence does impair the other students’ ability, morale and group reputation; this impact is unfair to others. Balance, blend, group confidence, ensemble quality of sound, and technical success are harder to achieve in a performance that is missing one or more members. Ensemble membership teaches planning and responsibility to others. Work, lack of proper planning and avoidable conflicts are not excuses for not participating in a performance. Given these aspects of performance it is the policy of this program that attendance at all performances is compulsory. Only in case of emergency, such as a death in the family or illness are examples of acceptable excuses for missing a performance. If other extenuating circumstances exist which may excuse a student from a performance, please contact the band director in writing prior to the performance. The final decision as to whether the excuse is acceptable will be made by the Instrumental Music Director.

Rehearsal Policies

 

            Attendance at all rehearsals is expected. In the event of an emergency or illness that would cause absence from a rehearsal, in order to facilitate performance and organizational matters, the involved student will have his or her parents notify the director in writing or via the telephone with an explanation of the circumstances. A calendar will be issued to all participating students at the beginning of each semester. Members are expected to plan their schedules so as to avoid conflicting dates. Only unforeseen circumstances will a student be excused from a rehearsal. If a student feels he or she has a valid reason for being absent from a scheduled event, written parental explanation must be given to the respective teacher prior to the date in question.

Teacher Expectations

 

  • On time to rehearsals and performances.
  • Prepared for rehearsals and performances.
  • Involved in the learning process.
  • Care and proper maintenance of instrument, equipment, uniform, and music.
  • Support and respect for each other in words and actions.
  • Professional and mature attitude to be projected at all times.

Mid Term and Final Exams

 

Students are given a comprehensive playing and written exam based upon materials and music covered during the school year. Each exam is 10% for a total of 20% of the final year grade.

 

Enfield Instrumental Music Association

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Mark Reppucci, Director

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Aaron Ovsiew, Orchestra Director, Assistant Band Director

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