Har-Bur Middle School Music

The Har-Bur Middle School Music Department offers a wide breadth of general music and ensemble opportunities for students in grades five through eight. Classroom music is offered to all students in grades six and eight, regardless of participation in a performing ensemble, as a part of the Unified Arts rotation within the curriculum. Performing ensemble offerings include Choir and Band for fifth and sixth grade students, and Concert Choir, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, and Symphonic Bands for grade 7 and 8 students. In addition to these graded courses, extra-curricular offerings include instrumental chamber groups, as well as participation in the Connecticut Music Educator’s Northern Region Middle School Music Festival, and the ASBDA festival for 8th grade band students.

Mr. Gregory Crameri is responsible for the Grade 6, Grade 8, and Symphonic Bands while Mr. Marc Riccio is director of the Grade 5 and Grade 7 Bands. Both Mr. Riccio and Mr. Crameri administer a full lesson program to students in each of the instrumental ensembles. Ms. Kristyn Treggor directs the choirs in grades 5, 7, and 8, and teaches 6th Grade classroom music. Miss Amy Cleveland directs the 6th Grade choir, and teaches classroom music in grades 7 and 8.

This home page was designed for two reasons. First, to deliver information regarding our department and to provide an overview of our program to the general public. Second, to provide a central location to our students and their parents where they may find out specific information about concerts, events, trips and any other activity.

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REGION #10 5-12 MUSIC ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
What process is required to create a quality musical performance?
How is music constructed?
How is musical expression reflected in society and the individual?

REGION #10 MUSIC DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY
Music has been and continues to be an integral part of world culture, and is essential to a complete education for all students. It is unique to humankind that individuals are enriched through the ability to develop and appreciate the arts, and through music we gain an understanding of our society and the societies of others.

Every individual has musical aptitude, and it is important to the growth of each person to explore that potential. The processes of creating, performing and responding to music enhance the development of higher order thinking skills as they relate to self-discipline, organization and responsibility. In addition, students acquire interpersonal skills and learn the importance of cooperative achievement. These tools assist in living and working in a diverse society.