Junior High Band
Study Guides

7th-Grade Study Guide 4

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  1. Be able to recognize the instruments at the bottom of this page by their sound and picture.
  2. They are as follows:
    1. Violin 10. English Horn 19. Chimes 28. Crash Cymbals
    2. Viola 11. Bassoon 20. Vibraphone 29. Guiro
    3. Cello 12. Contra Bassoon 21. Bass Drum 30. Maracas
    4. Double Bass 13. Alto Saxophone 22. Snare Drum  
    5. Piccolo 14. Trombone 23. Timpani  
    6. Flute 15. Trumpet 24. Castanets  
    7. Clarinet 16. French Horn 25. Claves  
    8. Bass Clarinet 17. Tuba 26. Triangle  
    9. Oboe 18. Xylophone 27. Tambourine  
  3. Know proper concert etiquette:
    1. Be early
    2. Dress properly
    3. Never enter or leave during a performance
    4. Applaud in the right places:
      1. at the end of the entire symphony or suite, not after every movement
      2. after improvised solos in a jazz concert
      3. when the conductor or soloist comes on stage
    5. You can emphasize the sincerity of your applause by:
      1. applauding louder
      2. applauding longer
      3. standing up (a standing ovation should be reserved for the most outstanding possible performance of a given piece)
      4. a combination of i, ii, and iii
    6. Don’t talk or make any kind of disturbance during the performance.
  4. The two types of meter are duple and triple.
  5. A quarter note usually gets one count in duple meter.
  6. A dotted quarter note usually gets one count in triple meter.
  7. The bottom number of a duple meter time signature is usually a four.
  8. The bottom number of a triple meter time signature is usually an eight.
  9. The most important rhythmic decision to make before playing a piece of music is to determine its meter.
  10. The correct spelling of the word "rhythm" is R H Y T H M.
  11. The timpani are also referred to as "kettle drums."
  12. The claves are used to provide background rhythm.
  13. The contra bassoon is bigger than a bassoon.
  14. Attending live musical performances will help you become a better musician.
  15. Outstanding musical programs can be attended at local colleges, universities, and music halls.

Video Disclaimer

The attached videos are not perfect examples of how each tune should be played. They are recordings of junior high students, some of whom have had their instruments for only a few months. Also, they are not professional recordings. They were taken by band parents using home equipment and naturally focusing on their own children.

I include them for two reasons: (1) To give you an idea of what the arrangements are like, and (2) To illustrate the kind of performance you can expect from your junior high students.