Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy


Our Mission:

The mission of the Banks, Bridgewater & Lewis (BBL) Fine Arts Academy is to enhance the musical knowledge base of young musicians by providing meaningful supplementary curriculum utilizing the genres of Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues and Soul in order to participate and contribute successfully to their respective school ensemble.

Our Goals:

    1. To enhance the diversity of local school instrumental and vocal music educational programs by providing individual and small group instruction to low income and underrepresented students
    2. To increase the social competency of participating students by providing experiences that break down stereotypes and foster cultural sensitivity by bringing together students of different social and cultural backgrounds utilizing music instruction and performance as the vehicle.
    3. To utilize musical instruction and performance to provide low income and underrepresented students the opportunity to develop life skills such as self discipline, diligence, self expression, creativity, cooperation and problem solving.

Our Behavioral Objectives:

BBL Fine Arts Academy has embraced the MENC performance standards and the IAJE curriculum guide as its primary guide for instruction. They include:

    1. Learn and exhibit proper technique regarding instrument placement, embouchure, breathing (MENC 2a)
    2. Demonstrate proficiency in playing major scales in the circle of 5ths (MENC 2b)
    3. Develop facility on their chosen instrument by (MENC 2b)
    4. Learning by sight and memory concert Bb, Eb, and F scales
    5. Learning by sight and memory all age appropriate IMEA scales
    6. Learning by sight and memory the chromatic scales up to two octaves
    7. Learning by sight and memory the concert C diatonic scale and all of the accompanying modes;i.e. Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian
    8. Learning by sight and memory major and minor pentatonic scales
    9. Learning by sight and feel, basic rhythmic patterns common to jazz styles
    10. Participate in a rehearsal and performing ensemble designed to give students the opportunity to perform appropriate compositions in standard jazz, Latin jazz, and blues (MENC 2c)
    11. Experience ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles such as traditional jazz, blues,Latin, and Popular music (MENC 2c)
    12. Perform music literature in the genres of Blues, jazz, Latin jazz, and contemporary popular music (MENC2c)
    13. Play by ear simple melodies and harmonies (MENC 2d)
    14. Exhibit knowledge of basic chord structures and patterns through the use of harmonic instruments such as auto harp, guitar, and piano (MENC 3a)
    15. Exhibit a knowledge of improvisation based on the blues scale and other melodic and harmonic patterns (MENC 3b)
    16. Demonstrate, in a nurturing setting the ability to improvise over simple songs in blues and jazz  (MENC 3b,c)
    17. Compose and perform a simple blues group piece (MENC 4a)
    18. Sight read simple melodies and jazz rhythms (MENC 5b,e)
    19. Learn to notate music and musical expressions through activities such as copying parts, transposing pieces into the keys of their respective instruments, transcribing simple melodies and or improvised solos, and editing parts with the appropriate articulation symbols (MENC 5d)
    20. Demonstrate a knowledge of basic music theory such as note values, time signatures , musical staffs, musical articulation symbols, expressions, key and rhythm recognition, melodic (MENC 6a,b)?
    21. Participate in ear training exercises designed to teach intervals based upon the diatonic scale utilizing computer applications both at workstations and on-line (MENC6c)
    22. Exhibit a knowledge of musical forms such as ABA, AABA, ABACA (MENC 6c)
    23. Analyze musical compositions through listening to musical examples, discussing their attributes and then writing about them utilizing musical vocabulary and terms. (MENC 6c)
    24. Exhibit a knowledge of the history of jazz, blues, Latin jazz, and popular music (MENC 9)

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