Marie Rivers Rule
Band 5th-6th-7th-8th Grade
Ph.D Historical Musicology
M.M. Clarinet Performance
University of Illinois at
B.A. Honors Music
Gustavus Adolphus College
Nativity 5th Grade Band
Nativity 6th Grade Band
Nativity 7th & 8th Grade Bands
About Nativity's Band Program
We perform at two major concerts during the year: the Christmas Concert in December, and the Spring Band Concert in May. The 6/7/8 grade bands will also perform at Mass once a month. Other performances we have done in past years include a Veteran's Day tribute in November, Grandparent's Day Concert in October, Kindergarten mini-concert in May, and a Catholic Schools Week pep-rally in January.
Nativity requires all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to choose either band, choir, or bells for their music class. Those who wish to play in band must start in 5th grade.
Fifth Grade Band
In fifth grade band, students learn how to read music and play their instrument. We focus on playing together as a group and developing a good sound and consistent practice habits. Students begin studying their instrument in four private lessons the summer before fifth grade.
Sixth Grade Band
Students continue to learn new notes and techniques on their instruments in sixth grade band. We focus on learning music with more independent parts, and also solidifying our understanding of the basic elements of music. The sixth grade band will perform with the seventh and eighth grade band occasionally.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Band
The seventh and eighth grade band rehearses together and performs together. We focus on learning new repertoire and improving our collective sound. We learn new scales and more complex rhythms. Each 7th and 8th grader prepares a solo piece or duet to be performed at the spring recital in May.
Below is the Band Newsletter that was sent home in May:
Schedule Summer Lessons Here!
It's easy! You can choose days/times for summer lessons based on my current availability. I will update this list nightly. After you complete your request, look for an email to confirm that your requested days/times are still available. Thank you!
Incoming fifth graders need to schedule 4+ lessons. Summer lessons are optional for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.
All dates are TUESDAYS.
Welcome to Nativity Band 2016/17
All bands will meet on "B" days according to the school calendar.
5th grade: before school 8:45-9:20
6th grade: first period 9:50-10:30
7th/8th grades: second period 10:30-11:10
Below you will find clips of music we are working on:
(New LINKS will be added in September!)
Play Music Racer to help yourself improve fingerings, note names, and music terms. Choose your game and instrument from the menu. (Time spent playing counts as practice too.)
There are over 130 music games and quizzes on this page. Try them out! If you are looking for help with note names, try the games that start with either "Treble Clef" (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet) or "Bass Clef" (trombone).
Explore these links below to improve your skills! (Time spent working with them counts as practice too.)
There are over 130 music games and quizzes on this page. Try them out! If you are looking for help with note names, try the games that start with "Treble Clef". Look for the many rhythm games on the right side too.