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Brea Junior High Instrumental Music Ensembles

We now offer a full day of instrumental music courses at Brea Junior High.  No matter what your level of experience, we have a class for you!  Follow the links below to learn more about our classes.

Courses

Beginning Guitar
Intermediate Band
Concert Band
Beginning Orchestra
Advanced Orchestra


Beginning Guitar

​No musical experience is required for this class! This year-long class is designed for students who have either very little or no experience playing guitar, or who may play using guitar tablature or chord symbols but do not know how to read standard music notation. Students will learn to read and play music and chords. Finger picking, chord strumming, and some rock techniques will be taught in a wide variety of music. Students do not participate in concerts for this class. Brea Junior High may provide a limited number of instruments and supplies for students’ use.

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Intermediate Band

Intermediate Band is for the student who has played an instrument for at least a year. Instruments taught in this class include flute, oboe, clarinet, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion (i.e. xylophone, bells, snare drum, and bass drum). The class will focus on continued development of musical techniques, music theory, and performance skills. Students are required to participate in all performances designated by Mrs. Bartell (at least four per year). There will be field trips and activities scheduled throughout the year as well. Intermediate Band will prepare students for future participation in Concert Band, as well as the Brea Olinda High School band.

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Concert Band

Concert Band is the most advanced concert ensemble at Brea Junior High, and students are placed in this class either after successful completion of Intermediate Band, successful audition, or recommendation of Mrs. Bartell. Students in this group generally have at least two to three years of music experience. The class will focus on advanced musical techniques as well as continued technical development and musicianship, and students will perform extensively throughout the school year. The Concert Band regularly represents Brea Junior High at concert festivals and competitions across southern California, including an annual performance at Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm, as well as other community locations. Concert Band members are required to participate in all performances. Under Mrs. Bartell's direction, the prestigious Concert Band has consistently received superior ratings at festivals and competitions throughout the region. Concert Band will prepare students to join any of the bands at Brea Olinda High School.

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Beginning Orchestra

​This year-long course is designed for students who have either very little or no experience playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass). Students will learn the basics of reading music and playing a string instrument, and will perform at a variety of concerts and events throughout the school year. There will be field trips and activities scheduled throughout the year as well. Beginning Orchestra will prepare students for future participation in the Brea Olinda High School orchestra.

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Advanced Orchestra

Advanced Orchestra is the most advanced string orchestra class at Brea Junior High, and students are placed in this class either after successful completion of Beginning Orchestra or recommendation of the teacher. In this year-long class, students will learn advanced music reading skills and playing techniques on a string instrument, and will perform at concert festivals and competitions across southern California. Advanced Orchestra will prepare students for participation in high school orchestra. 

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