Fifth-grade music students recently visited middle schools throughout the district to prepare for the transition to middle school music programs. The visits are an opportunity for students to become better acclimated to the experiences they will encounter while practicing and performing on the middle school level.
Each year, elementary school students across the district who participate in band, orchestra or chorus travel with their peers to the Sachem middle school they will attend. On this recent trip, the fifth-graders met with the music teachers they will learn from and gained key insight on things they may encounter as part of middle school music instruction. Continuing the experience, students joined their respective ensembles where they performed a series of warm-up exercises before performing as part of a large ensemble for the first time.
Concluding the visit, fifth-graders asked the upperclassman questions about their music experience thus far and for advice on what to expect as they continue their musical careers after elementary school.