5th and 6th Grade Band

  • First and second year band students at CES learn the basic of music reading, composition, theory, and history, as well as becoming familiar with their instrument.


  • Practice makes permanent!  The more your student practices, the easier band class will be.  Encourage them to practice their instrument and study their music for 10 minutes every night.  Just like reading, it doesn't take a long period of time to improve, but it does require consistency.  Practice logs are turned in every 2 weeks, with a minimum expected time of 120 minutes (unless otherwise discussed in class).

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  • Effective Tuesday, Sept. 4, students will lose points for not bringing instruments to band class.  Please see the band syllabus for more details.

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Required Book

  • Essential Elements for Band

    by Lautzenheiser Year Published: 2000

    Essential Elements for Band offers beginning students sound pedagogy and engaging music, all carefully paced to successfully start young players on their musical journey.

    Be sure to check that your student's book is Book 1, and for your student's instrument.  The books are not interchangeable between instruments.

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Band Files