Levels of Instruction

                                         MUSIC INSTRUCTION

 

            The DAC Band Program is set up to give students the best of both worlds in music instruction.  Small group lessons made up of students of like instruments and ability levels are given to all members of the program. These music lessons take place once a week.   In addition to this, all band members attend a weekly rehearsal with other students at their musical level.  In this way, each student receives the hands on individual music instruction in their lessons and is able to put this instruction “into play” at a rehearsal with other students.  It allows for a full band experience with emphasis on the individual student.

 

                                                      PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLES

 

            Essential to any music program is the ability to offer students a variety of performance groups in which they can learn and grow as musicians.  DAC Band has three concert band performance levels in the program represented by the following groups:

 

BEGINNING BAND     -       This group is made up of students who are just                     

                                           starting on their instruments.  Instruction starts at  

    the very beginning with the basics of reading music       

    and the first steps in playing an instrument.  No        

    previous music instruction is needed for this level.

 

            INTERMEDIATE BAND -   This performance group is the next step for

                                                    progressing students.  Intermediate Band is a

                                                    combination of students who have completed

 one year of music instruction and those students           

 who are working on their second instrument.

 

            SYMPHONIC BAND     -     Symphonic Band is the highest level of bands in the

                                                     program. This group is comprised of students who

                                                     have had at least two years of music instruction on

                                                     their instrument. One of the goals of this band is

                                                     to challenge its members with advanced junior high

                                                     level music as well as performing high school level

                                                     compositions.


MUSIC LESSONS

As mentioned above, all students in the DAC program receive a small group music lesson once a week.  Band students who attend public schools or who are home schooled attend their lessons in the afternoon or evening.  The DAC program is currently giving lessons during school to the following schools: Queen of All Saints, Notre Dame, St. Stanislaus, St. Paul Lutheran, Renaissance Academy (all located in Michigan City)and St. Patrick School in Chesterton.

Lessons for home and public school students in the Chesterton area are held at St. Patrick School in Chesterton and are currently scheduled for Monday evenings.

Lessons for home and public school students in the Michigan City/LaPorte area are held at Sacred Heart in LaPorte and the Elston Performing Arts Center in Michigan City.