About the Music Programs
From novice to experienced musician, we have an ensemble that is right for your middle school student.
Ability-Based Classes Offered Daily
Beginning Orchestra and Band courses are designed to introduce students to instrumental music, and to help them select the instrument that is right for them. These students spend the first weeks of class exploring and playing a variety of instruments, weighing the pros and cons of each instrument with their music director. After selecting their instrument, students begin the process of learning to read music and to play in a group.
The Hamilton Choir is open to all students – no audition is required. Throughout the year, this group explores the various styles of music from different cultures.
Rounding out Hamilton International's musical offerings are:
- Intermediate Orchestra and Intermediate Band (generally for students with one year of music experience)
- Junior Orchestra, Senior Orchestra and Junior Band (For more experienced students)
- Chamber Orchestra
- Senior Band
- Senior Jazz Band (highest-ability ensemble)
- Vocal Jazz (highest-ability ensemble)
Ability-Based Class and Teacher Approval
All students are eligible for Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra or Choir. No teacher approval or prior music experience is required.
All other groups require teacher approval and music experience for enrollment. District Elementary Music Instructors make many of the class placement recommendations to the Music Directors. However, some students will be asked to complete a brief audition to determine class placement. All placement auditions are generally completed at the end of May or early June, with placements posted the last week of the school year.
After-School Jazz Instruction
Hamilton International also offers after-school instrumental jazz instruction. Junior Jazz Band is open to students at all levels with at least one-year playing experience. Junior Jazz meets twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Performances and Events
All music students will have an opportunity to perform publicly in concert. Advanced music students also travel to perform in festivals, competitions and other events. See the Calendar for more information and event dates.