MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS BAND PROGRAM
Instruction in Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Instruments

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Todd Livingston

District Band Specialist

Historic Irving Office (480) 308-7385
12 years teaching experience
Todd Livingston

Todd is currently the Director of Bands at Kino Junior High School, and has taught band at Edison, Salk, Johnson, and O'Connor Elementary schools. Before coming to Mesa, he taught band and general music in Coolidge, AZ. Todd holds Bachelor's degrees in music education and music theory, and a Master's degree in music education from Arizona State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Band and Director's Association (ABODA) as the VP of Elementary and Junior High Band Activities. He has also presented sessions at the Arizona Music Educators Association annual conference focusing on contemporary issues in education, teaching in Title 1 schools, and techniques for elementary band. [More...]

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The MPS band program provides students in grades 5-12 with the opportunity to receive instruction on woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. Highly qualified band teachers provide instruction during the school day as part of the overall music curriculum.

Fifth and sixth grade students receive 30 minutes of band instruction twice a week.  Junior high and senior high band classes meet every school day.

Instruction is available on the following instruments:

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium/Baritone
  • Tuba
  • Percussion
Band teachers will help each student choose the instrument that is the best match for him or her.  In some cases, such as bassoon, students may be asked to begin on a different instrument to gain some experience prior to being switched to a more difficult or larger instrument.

Throughout the band course sequence, students will receive a solid foundation in the following musical elements:

  • Rhythm/Meter
  • Pitch, Scales, Rudiments
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Dynamics
  • Articulation
  • Ensemble Skills and Intonation
  • Improvisation and Composition

Many instruments are available to borrow from the school, free of charge.  However, this isn't always possible.  Most music stores have instrument rental programs that we encourage you to look into.

 

CURRICULUM INFORMATION

ELEMENTARY BAND

5th Grade Band

6th Grade Band

JUNIOR HIGH BAND

MU17 Beginning Instrumental Music

MU18 Prep Band

MU19 Intermediate Band

MU20 Cadet Band

MU21 Advanced Band

MU22 Jazz Band

SENIOR HIGH BAND

MU80 Concert Band

MU81 Marching Band

MU82 Percussion

MU83 Varsity Band

MU84 Symphonic Band

MU85 Honors Band

MU86 Jazz Band