Empowering Students with Music Education
Each year, our team of Music Educators hosts a series of Solo/Ensemble events in cities around the country. Every AIMA student is given a slot of time to perform for an adjudicator who gives them positive and encouraging feedback!
We are proud to announce that our COVID RESPONSE has ensured that there has not been a single transmission from an AIMA Band Class!
The upcoming SOLO/ENSEMBLE event will abide by our same action plan with Bandatory Social Distancing, frequent cleaning, and event hosting by a 3rd party location, NOT a school.
STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE WHAT SONG TO PLAY.
Download the appropriate file for your instrument, and select any of the songs on the list. For more info on song choice, see the info below.
SONG CHOICE Students should have their song selected several weeks before the event: this builds confidence and prepares students well. Students will have their teacher's help in selecting, and should choose something that simultaneously demonstrates their current ability and challenges them to work hard. Students interested in Honor Band Qualifications should download their music from the bottom of this page.
PRACTICE January is often a tricky time for musicians. Students are back from relaxing Christmas break and now are back to cold weather and the daily grind of school. This is an extremely important time to encourage students to renew their efforts in practicing. Have you ever sat down to a test you were NOT ready for? Nervousness and apprehension are the result. But when a student is ready? Confidence and excitement are the result. The more you play your solo before the event, the more your muscles will take over when you're nervous.
RELAX This is an encouraging event, with part of the goal being for students to leave motivated and excited about their musical journey! Students play in front of 1 adjudicator (not hundreds of people!!!) Students will be encouraged. PRO TIP: Eat a banana before you come... it helps calm the nerves!
DRESS Use this performance as an opportunity to dress up a bit. You don't have to go out and buy anything specific, but dress up, look nice, and you'll feel great about stepping in to your performance.
WHAT TO BRING Students should bring their music and their instrument. Even if a student feels like they will play their song by memory, they should still bring their music.
PARENTS Parents, this is not usually an event that you need to attend, but you ARE invited. This is not a big band performance... just a 5-minute adjudication. You're certainly welcome to come if you'd like. If you get some good photos of the students with their instruments, send them our way!
AWARDS Adjudicators will be giving awards based on the student's ability and progress through the year. This is NOT a contest where students are made to feel like there is 1 winner and a bunch of losers. This is an assessment with the goal for students to improve and be motivated in their music.
SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION & PERMISSION SLIPS Every school is different: yours might be making plans to send a school bus with the whole Band. Or maybe your school relies on parent volunteers to drive students. Check with your music teacher and school as they make plans: they might need your help!
SCHEDULING While the event will generally last from 8:30am-12:30pm, each school is scheduled an hour slot to warm-up and then play their solos. SAMPLE SCHEDULE:
Another part of Solo/Ensemble is providing students an opportunity to try-out for the All-State Honor Band!
Students choose 1 song and 2 scales from the Solo-Ensemble Qualifier page (download below).
Honor Band eligibility is generally for students in their second year or beyond of Band.
The Honor Band roster is announced in late February.