Beginning trombone

Grades 6-8, no prior experience necessary

  • Beginning trombone is a Middle School 1 Band course structured and approved by the Texas Education Agency, for students in grades 6, 7, or 8, and enrolled in their first year of music.  After completing the full-year course, students will be able to describe and analyze music and musical sounds, read and write music notation, understand basic techniques for trombone performance and be able to play exercises appropriate for the first year music student, relate a variety of genres to history and culture, and evaluate their own performances and performances of others.

    This course follows the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) chapter 117 for Fine Arts, subchapter B.  


    Welcome to Band!  

    All students in the Beginning Trombone class will learn to play the COOLEST instrument in the world...the trombone!  Students will spend their class period learning how to "buzz" properly to create good tone quality (the most important aspect of playing), slide technique, pitch identification on a musical staff, rhythmic symbols representing duration of sould and silence, communicate to one another using the language of music, and work as a team to put on two concerts throughout the year.  

    The band is the largest student organization on campus and continues to be one of the most successful.  Students who complete Beginning Trombone will be prepared for participation in one of the middle school or high school concert bands the following year.  We take studends on a performance trip in May if they are academically eligible and have been well-behaved during the entire school year.  

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mr. Rush at