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On May 2, 2012, the BHDS Chorus and fourth grade classes from both campuses sang the National Anthem in front of 42,000 people at AT&T Park, learning critical skills like the importance of preparation and the discipline required to perform for an enormous audience. An amazing experience!
(Photos courtesy of Sam Lauter)
Our optional music program includes five separate morning music ensembles for grades 3-8 that meet before school from 7:05-8:00 a.m. Our students are highly committed and engaged with practice, performance and constant improvement.
Three of the bands combine guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. One is a jazz ensemble. The fifth group is a vocal ensemble.
Middle school students audition to participate in our jazz band that meets three times a week. Instruments played include saxophone, trombone, trumpet, bass, guitar, piano and drums. Students focus on learning the genre through practice and performance. As well as performing at all of the standard school year performances, this group leads their own community event centered around the Jazz and swing dance era. Please contact Jesse Scott for more information.
Our BHDS bands and chorus performed their annual Village concert in Corte Madera - a great show that featured our three rock bands, jazz band and chorus. Bravo!
Our special music Tefillah (service) showcased our students' music learning and accomplishments this year. SEE PHOTOS (courtesy of Jennifer Knight Katz)
I recently attended a session on 21st century music education where the presenters discussed two popular ways of thinking when it comes to teaching music - and I was delighted to realize that we're having wonderful results through both approaches at BHDS! One is teaching visually (with notation and theory) through the traditional large ensemble classical model - and the other is the more contemporary view that music is an aural art...
Our BHDS band performed at the recent FedFest One Hundred, a day-long event to celebrate the Jewish Community Federation’s Centennial year. They looked and sounded great!