Glenn Levey Middle School 

Southfield Public Schools 

"Blue Ribbon School of Excellence"






Levey Middle School

Visual and Performing Arts Program




The Levey Middle School Visual and Performing Arts Program engages students in

activities to build skills in organization, time management and critical thinking while

tapping into their visual, spatial, and kinesthetic strengths. This program also provides

opportunities for students to learn, explore and develop talents in the visual and

performing arts.




Qualifications  


Each student in the program must select a year-long visual or performing arts class.


Instrumental Music 


If the selection is Instrumental Music, the student must perform in at least two outside

performances and participate in the Band Festival. The student must also participate in

all school based performances. At close of three years, the student must participate in a

culminating solo or group performance presented to an audience and written reflections

of growth, strengths and weaknesses must be submitted to instrumental music teacher. 


8th Grade Advanced Band 


This course will help students develop skills to evaluate music, build self confidence,

teamwork, as well as gain an understanding of the historical and cultural perspective

of music. Students will perform various styles of music with concentration on sight

reading, listening skills, music theory, instrumental independence, and proper tone

production in preparation for rehearsal and performances. Advanced band is a year-

long course. Students will learn all major and minor scales, intervals, chords,

composition and learn to play melodies from music notation. Students will also write

music with finale 2010 Music Program. The entire class must participate in the MSBOA

Solo & Ensemble Festival as well as Band & Orchestra Festival. This class will perform

3-5 events per school year.



7th Grade Intermediate Band



 Intermediate Band is an elective music course for students desiring to perform.

The goal is to teach students to become better and more confident singers and

develop an appreciation for instrumental music. Students will perform various

styles of music from selected music training books and musical scores

appropriate for their skill level with concentration on sight reading skills, music

theory, and proper tone production in preparation for rehearsal and

performance. Intermediate Band is a year-long course. Students will explore

scales, intervals, chords, composition and learn to play melodies from music

notation. Students will also learn how to write music, play solos and ensembles.

The class will perform 3-5 events per school year.


Beginning Band



 Beginning Band is a year-long course. This course will focus on building and extending

musical skills and concepts with an emphasis on musical elements and structure.

Students will be introduced to an instrument of their choice and learn techniques that will

increase their knowledge of music. Students will learn to read music, music theory and

composition. They will develop musical independence through exploration, practice

and performance with hands on activities. This class will perform 2-4 events per school

year.

 Marching Band


This course is a combination of all three music classes students will receive individual

and group instruction in a group setting using student section leaders. Students will

progress from level to level at their own pace, while learning how to play in a large

group setting. The Marching Band will perform 8-10 events per school year. Students

must be able to stay after school and maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. Our Marching Band

traveled Orlando Florida, competed and brought home SIX trophies, Best Drum Line,

Best Dance Line, Best Soloist, Third Place Orchestra, Best Marching Band and Grand

Champion of Festival.

 
Jazz Band 


This course is only open to advanced musicians regardless of grade level.

Students must be able to practice after school on Monday and Tuesdays. Students

must have a good tone and know how to read music and all major and minor

scales. Students will learn how to solo, improvise and compose music. Jazz Band

will perform 10-15 events per school year. Students must maintain a 2.2 G.P.A.


Advanced Orchestra 


This course is open to ADVANCED string students only.

Students must come from the 7th grade strings class or

transfer in from another string program. Students will learn

vibrato, how to shift positions, solos and all major scales.

The entire class must go MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Festival.

This Ensemble will perform 4-8 events per school year.