Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy


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.

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