Course Descriptions

Concert Band
The Concert Band class is a full-year course of study that offers instruction on piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion. This class is open to any student who wishes to better their skills on their current instrument or begin a new instrument. The class performs at least three times during the year and attendance at all concerts is mandatory. A limited number of school-owned instruments are available for use but most students will need to obtain their own.

Symphonic Band
The Symphonic Band is a one-year course of study for wind and percussion students who are of the highest caliber at Sierra Vista School. It is open to all students who are interested in performing the most challenging music available to middle school students. Besides our three concerts, class activities include the IUSD Band Spectacular, Honor Orchestra audition preparation and performance at the District Instrumental Music Festival. Attendance at all performances is mandatory. A limited number of school owned instruments are available but most students will need to obtain their own.
Prerequisite: SVMS Music Teacher Approval Required.

Concert Orchestra
The Concert Orchestra class is a one-year course of study that offers instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass as well as a piano accompaniment and occasionally percussion instruments. This class is open to any student who wishes to better their skills on their current instrument or begin a new instrument. The class performs at least three times during the year and attendance at all concerts is mandatory. A limited number of school-owned instruments are available for use but most students will need to obtain their own.

Symphonic Orchestra
The Symphonic Orchestra is an orchestra where more advanced techniques are explored in a one-year course of study for string students. Students are expected to have orchestral experience and can tune themselves, play in tune with others and use vibrato. This group will perform three concerts during the year as well as work to prepare students for the Honor Orchestra audition and perform at the District Instrumental Music Festival. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.
Prerequisite: SVMS Music Teacher Approval Required.

Chamber Orchestra
The Chamber Orchestra is a one-year course of study for string students who are of the highest caliber at Sierra Vista School. It is open to students who are interested in performing the most challenging music available to middle school students. This group will perform three concerts during the year as well as work to prepare students for the Honor Orchestra audition and perform at the District Instrumental Music Festival. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.
Prerequisite: SVMS Music Teacher Approval Required.

Jazz Band
Currently, Jazz Band is an after-school enrichment program that is managed through the ACE after school program. Class meets from 2:40 to 3:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enrollment is limited to students who are currently enrolled in an instrumental music class at Sierra Vista and play a traditional jazz instrument (saxes, trumpets, trombones, bass, guitar, piano, drums). The goals of the class is to learn jazz style, theory and improvisation and to perform.