About the Course
Band 2/3 Audition Requirements
Band 2 is designed for students who have completed 1 year of instruction on their instrument. Band 2 students are expected to practice throughout the week in order to periodically pass-off assignments throughout the year. By the end of the Band 2 year, students should be able to play one octave of 4 major scales and a one octave chromatic scale from the band method book. Bands 2 and 3 will be combined for the 2023-24 school year.
Band 3 is designed for students who have completed at least 2 years of instruction on their instrument. By the end of this third year of instruction, students should be able to play all of the GMEA All-state Middle School required scales.
Audition Requirements for all students NEW to NMME Band Classes
1. Play from memory the following scales and arpeggios.
Band 2: Concert B flat scale and and arpeggio from memory
Band 3: Concert B flat, F, E flat, and A scales and arpeggios from memory
2. Play the prepared piece for your instrument. The prepared piece is attached below.
Percussion students will perform the same audition as outlined above for the wind instruments, but with the following changes for BOTH snare drum AND mallets:
1. Snare drum – play the prepared piece only
2. Mallets – play scales and etude as outlined for wind instruments above
Returning Student Audition Requirements
Members of Band 2/3 will need to complete the audition requirements outlined by your director. Students who completed pass-off requirements during the school year will not need to audition further this year, if they plan to remain in Band 2/3.
Mrs. Gravitte has been teaching band and music lessons for 16 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Shorter University as well as an AA in General Music from Georgia Highlands College and a medical business degree from Dalton State College. Mrs. Gravitte is an active member in the Georgia Music Educators Association and is a member of both Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies.