The music program at the Middle School provides opportunities for participation in vocal and instrumental groups and offers general music courses in Grades six and seven. The goal is to cultivate a lasting appreciation of music and the personal enrichment that comes from participation and study. The program has grown dramatically over the past ten years so that the many ensembles offered through the middle school years develop the young musician’s performance skills with increasing rigor.
In addition to a mixed chorus in every grade, seventh and eighth graders may audition for Madrigals. Participants must also sing with the seventh or eighth grade mixed chorus.
Band is also offered in every grade, with the opportunity to audition for the Jazz Band. Participants must also play in the seventh or eighth grade band (or orchestra for string bassists).
Finally, there is a Sixth Grade String Orchestra and a combined Seventh and Eighth Grade String Orchestra.
Private Lessons: All students are encouraged to take private lessons. To support them, the district has arranged for private teachers to teach on site after school. Registration for lessons occurs at the start of the year. Click here for private lesson registration.
MMEA Junior Eastern District Music Festival.
Band, Orchestra and Chorus students in grades 7-9 who are especially motivated may audition for the MMEA Junior Eastern District Music Festival. This extraordinary event provides an opportunity to perform with the best young musicians in the state. Audition Requirements can be found here.
For Department Handbooks & Forms please refer to the Chorus , Band or Orchestra pages found on the sidebar.
Course M901 GRADE 6 MIXED CHORUS Full Year
M902 GRADE 7 MIXED CHORUS Full Year
M903 GRADE 8 MIXED CHORUS Full Year Students will be taught harmony, diction, and other vocal techniques needed for good choral singing. Music selections will include a range of styles representing different cultures and eras. The choruses will perform in the winter and spring concerts, and rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required
Course M900 GRADE 7/8 MADRIGALS Full Year This is a performing group established to enrich the serious chorus student. Admission to this group is by audition only. Students selected for Madrigals are also required to sing with the 7th or 8th grade chorus. Rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required.
Course M908 GRADE 6 BAND Full Year
M904 GRADE 7 BAND Full Year
M905 GRADE 8 BAND Full Year
M909 GRADE 6 STRING ORCHESTRA Full Year
M907 GRADE 7/8 STRING ORCHESTRA Full Year
The instrumental groups will offer instruction in the development and refinement of intermediate performing and ensemble techniques. Students will continue to broaden their knowledge of music fundamentals: scales, keys, rhythm patterns, dynamics, and expression of symbols. Rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required. Course M906 JAZZ BAND Full Year
This course is a performing group established to enrich the serious band student. Admission to this group is by audition only and based on the instrumentation needs of the group. Students will learn the language of jazz through the study of jazz fundamentals: blues scales, swing rhythms, articulations, dynamics, and improvisation. Rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required. Students in the Jazz Band also will be required to play in the 7th or 8th grade band (7th/8th grade orchestra for string bassists).
The scheduling of all music electives is contingent upon class sizes, enrollments, and lack of conflicts. Students may have to choose between music electives under certain circumstances.
Friends of Music
Weston Friends of Music is a parent volunteer group that supports the Middle and High School music programs. Join us! We welcome new ideas and suggestions for ways to enrich our music program.
John Gibbons, Principal
456 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493