Banks Bridgewater Lewis
Banks Bridgewater Lewis
Fine Arts Academy

The BBL Fine ArtsAcademy curriculum is based on our mission statement and the Music Educators National Convention (MENC) Performance standards 2-7, and 9 .Those standards are as follows:

  1. Singing alone and with others a varied repertoire of music.
  2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  3. Improvising melodies,variations, and accompaniments.
  4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
  5. Reading and notating  music.
  6. Enhance listening to, analyzing, and describing music, and analyzing skills.
  7. Evaluating music and musical performances.
  8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
  9. Understanding music in relationship to history and culture. 

BBL Fine Arts Academy Curriculum will include the following:

  1. Ear training ( MENC 6) 
  2. Rhythm (MENC 5)
  3. Composition/improvisation (MENC 3,4)
  4. Jazz history MENC (9)
  5. Jazz theory (MENC 6)
  6. Jazz keyboarding (MENC 3,5)
  7. Instrumental skills instruction (MENC 2)

Individual Performance on

  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Brass
  • Woodwinds
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Vocals
Listening Skills (MENC 6)
  • Ensemble Performance and Listening Skills;
  • Musical Concepts: (MENC 7)
  • Rhythm
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Form
  • Timbre/Texture
  • Expression
  • Historical Information
Assessment and evaluation of progress in each of the areas described above (MENC 7)

Curriculum Resources and Literature

Beginning Students :

    • Wind and percussion “Essential Elements 2000 Comprehensive Band Method”
    • Theory book: Master TheoryBook 1 , Charles S. Peters and Paul Yoder
    • Staff Wars
    • MiBAC Music Lessons volume 1 (Ear Training)

Intermediate Students all instruments :

  • Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble  Method, Dean Sorenson and Bruce Pearson
  • Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble, Mike Steinel; Hal Leonard 
  • Theory book: Master TheoryBook 2 , Charles S. Peters and Paul Yoder
  • Staff Wars
  • MiBAC Music Lessons volume 2 (ear training)
  • Auralia 4 (ear training)

Advanced students:

  • Auralia 4 (ear training)
  • Effective Etudes for Jazz:trumpet, flute, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, bass, guitar, piano
  • The Real Book for either “C”, "Bb”, or “Eb” instruments
  • Individualized music enrichment
  • “Band in A Box” workstations
  •  Staff Wars on-line music theory exercises


BBL Fine Arts Academy will have this material on site, but we strongly encourage students to purchase their own copy of this material.