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The BBL Fine ArtsAcademy curriculum is based on our mission statement and the 2014 National Core Art Standards and the 2016 Illinois Arts Learning Standards.

Anchor 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. 
Anchor 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work. 
Anchor 3: Revise, refine, and complete artistic work. 
Performing / Presenting 
Anchor 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation. 
Anchor 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation 
Anchor 6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work. 
Anchor 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work. 
Anchor 8: Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work. 
Anchor 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work. 
Anchor 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. 
Anchor 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding

BBL Fine Arts Academy Curriculum will include the following:

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

Individual Performance on

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

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.