The instrumental music program at Prattville Christian Academy offers our students a multi-faceted range of experiences. From private lessons to performance, PCA students are instructed in all aspects of instrumental music.
Beginning Band: Grades 6-8
This course is designed to teach and develop the fundamentals of playing a band instrument. Instruments that are taught include: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone (tuba), and percussion. Instruction is provided by instrument section and curriculum content includes proper instrument care and assembly, note reading, basic rhythm, fingerings, tone production, and expression markings for the selected instrument. The focus of this class is performance, and all of the curriculum content areas are taught through the repertoire music. Participation is required in both the Christmas Concert and the Spring Concert. Though offered to any student in grades 6-8, Beginning Band is highly encouraged for students who are beginning grade 6.
Intermediate Band: Grades 7-8
This course is designed for students who have completed at least one year of band and have attained a basic level of proficiency on their instrument. Instruction will continue on note reading, more complex rhythms, fingerings, scales, and expression markings for the selected instrument. The focus of this class is performance and both solo and ensemble participation. Participation is required in both the Christmas Concert and the Spring Concert.
Advanced Band: Grades 8-12
This course is designed to develop the instrumental music literacy, leadership, teamwork, and instrumental music skills of each student. Band is a performance class and students are required to participate in all performances. Major performing ensembles may include concert, marching, and pep bands as well as solos and small ensembles. A Spring Band trip is one of the Advanced Band’s traditions. Most recently, this band successfully participated in a music workshop at Walt Disney World in the Spring of 2018.
Students may be assigned to performance groups or leadership roles fitting their needs through audition and the discretion of the band director. Majorettes and Color Guard are additional aspects of the high school band in which membership can be earned through audition in the Spring. Band class is mandatory for participation in all bands at PCA and requires continuous year-long participation. The prerequisite for this class is to pass performance requirements at the Intermediate Band level followed by each subsequent level of Advanced Band.