Welcome to the Dover Middle School Band. We recognize the many options students and parents have when considering educational opportunities here at DMS and would like to thank you for making band part of your learning this year. I am energized and thankful for the opportunity to work with such incredible young people. DMS Music has the tradition of a quality program with a rich musical history and we are very excited about building and continuing to celebrate that fine tradition.
Band is a year long course designed to provide students with an enriching and diverse instrumental music education by performing music of various genres and time periods. The class will perform two to three concerts during the year to demonstrate their learning. The daily objective of the course is to foster and promote music growth through the playing of an instrument by the student, at an appropriate level of difficulty. Band is not like other classes nor are they exactly like team sports or clubs. Instead, they possess characteristics of both: (a) music classes are similar to other classes in that there are concepts and skills that must be learned through a definite curriculum, and (b) they are similar to team sports in that success depends on all individuals performing their parts and relating with others as teammates in a cooperative and supportive spirit.