Welcome to the Junction Middle School Music Department!
The goal of the Junction Music Program is to give the best possible music education to the largest possible number of motivated students in a fun, yet demanding, environment. A big emphasis is placed on teaching fundamentals; learning to read standard notation, demonstrating proper tone production, understanding correct ensemble techniques (balance, blend, and intonation), and performing a variety of music genres. We strive to provide our students with a challenging music experience in a safe and nurturing environment with the hopes of creating a meaningful experience that will foster a life-long love of music. Most of our students continue their musical journey in high school.
We currently have five performing groups at Junction: Choir, Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, Advanced Band, and Advanced Orchestra. All ensembles perform throughout the year. The Beginning Band/Orchestra typically performs 2-3 times a year. The Advanced Band/Orchestra and Choir typically perform 4+ times a year. Performances include Winter and Spring Concerts, LVEF Benefit Concerts, an elementary tour/concert, festivals, and more! All performances are mandatory.
Our Beginning groups are geared towards 6th grade or first-year students, though we often have 7th graders and 8th graders. For many, the Beginning groups are the first chance to play more than the "core" instruments. The Advanced Band/Orchestra are for students who have completed (1) or more years of middle school instruction. In Advanced Band and Advanced Orchestra, the focus is on mastering the fundamentals and widening the breadth of literature. Our Choir is open to 6-8th grade. There we use solfege to learn music and understand the relationship between the notes. We emphasize learning how to sing a variety of styles and in several languages.
We are lucky at Junction to have the support of the administration, teachers, office staff, custodial crews, and most importantly, the parents of our Junction music students. We greatly appreciate the time, commitment, and support!