Music

Band: Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Shanley


There are three grade level concert bands at Taft Middle School.

The 6th Grade Band rehearses as a class two or three times a week during the school day. Each student also receives weekly individual or small group lesson instruction from Mrs. Anderson or Mrs. Shanley. The 6th Grade Band performs three evening concerts at Taft. Students in this band also have the opportunity to participate in area honor bands, perform at the All-City Music Contest, and attend the University of Iowa Band Extravaganza at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

The 7th Grade Band rehearses as a class two or three times a week during the school day. Each student also receives weekly individual or small group lesson instruction from Mrs. Anderson or Mrs. Shanley. The 7th Grade Band performs three evening concerts at Taft and one evening concert at Kennedy High School, travels to Lisbon for a daytime performance at the NEIBA Large Group Band Festival, and performs at Taft’s feeder elementary schools during the 7th Grade Band tour. Students in this band also have the opportunity to participate in area honor bands, perform at the All-City Music Contest, and attend the University of Iowa Band Extravaganza at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

The 8th Grade Band rehearses as a class two or three times a week during the school day. Each student also receives weekly individual or small group lesson instruction from Mrs. Anderson or Mrs. Shanley. The 8th Grade Band performs three evening concerts at Taft and one evening concert at Jefferson High School, travels to Lisbon for a daytime performance at the NEIBA Large Group Band Festival, and performs at Taft’s feeder elementary schools during the 8th Grade band tour. Students in this band also have the opportunity to participate in area honor bands, perform at the All-City Music Contest, and attend the University of Iowa Band Extravaganza at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

7th and 8th Grade Band students are encouraged to participate in the Taft Jazz Band. This extracurricular ensemble rehearses outside the school day, performs two evening concerts at Taft, and performs at the Coe College Jazz Summit.

 

Orchestra: Ms. Stern

 

 

Vocal Music: Ms. Cichoski

The middle school philosophy for a truly meaningful musical experience is to learn through performance.  Music literacy, appreciation, and history are all addressed through the preparation of our concerts.  Each individual class is a chorus of its own and performs with their entire class at the concerts. 

During the student’s three years at Taft they can expect to perform concerts with a variety of themes:  Classical, Multicultural, Jazz, Show Choir, Folk, Broadway, and Modern music that we hear even today on the radio. Our primary goal is to develop an appreciation for music, through hands on

experience rather than textbooks.  Chorus will relate to all subjects through the analysis of rhythm & theory (math), lyrics (language arts), history & current events (social studies), physics of vocal production and sound (science).

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