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Music Placement Session Information

2020–21  Music Placement Session Information

 

1. Informational meeting

An informational meeting for all students involved in the Music Program (new and returning) takes place on the first day of classes in the fall, as part of the Performing Arts Department Information Meeting.

2. Placement session for Individual Music Instruction

Students new to Individual Music Instruction may be assigned a placement session during the first few days of school. (Typically, these are students who have previously studied piano or voice and are requesting continued study. Depending on instructor availability, occasionally other students are assigned a placement session, as well.) Students should be sure to have their instruments available and be prepared to play a scale and a piece of music they are familiar with (3 to 5 minutes in length) that best demonstrates their skill level.

3. Placement session for Chamber Music Ensembles

All students wishing to enroll in Chamber Music Ensembles are assigned a placement session during the first few days of school. Students should be sure to have their instruments available and be prepared to play two scales of their choice, to play one or more pieces that demonstrate both slow or lyrical playing and fast or technical playing, and to to play by sight-reading.

4. Placement session for Jazz Ensemble

Students wishing to enroll in Jazz Ensemble are assigned a placement session during the first few days of school. Students should be sure to have their instruments available and be prepared to play any scales they know, to play a piece of music they are familiar with (3 to 5 minutes in length) that best demonstrates their skill level, to play by sight-reading, and to improvise using the blues scale if possible.

Concord Academy Singers, Chameleon Chamber Players, Advanced Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz and Pop Ensemble

Students wishing to enroll in these courses submit intent forms and auditions during spring of the preceding school year.