South Middle School 6th grade Band News


Lesson attendance continues to be updated in Power School. Please check your child’s lesson attendance for 2nd Quarter. The deadline for 2nd Quarter lessons is Friday, January 8. Lessons will be assessed according to the following scale:


  • 6 Lessons = Exceeds
    5 Lessons = Secure
    3-4 Lessons =  Developing
    1-2 Lessons = Beginning


Below are the final make-up lesson opportunities for 2nd Term. We have added an additional make-up day during school for lessons. This will be held on Monday, December 21. Students may sign up on the band bulletin board.

  • Monday, Dec. 21 – 1st, 6th or 8th Period – Sign up on the bulletin board
  • Wednesday, Jan. 6 – 1st, 6th or 8th Period – Sign up on the bulletin board
  • Thursday, Jan. 7 – 7:30am – No Sign up needed


After winter break we will be watching some online jazz videos that will introduce our students to the history of jazz, the sounds and styles of jazz music, and the components of a jazz band. Students will learn a swing style jazz tune that possibly will be performed on the Spring Concert. We will be asking for student volunteers who are interested in playing piano, bass guitar, vibes, and drum set for this unit. If you child has had private instruction or prior experience on any of these instruments, the sign-up sheet is available now on the band bulletin board. There will be no other switching of instruments for the sixth grade jazz experience. All other band students will participate in the Jazz Unit on the instrument they currently play.

560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701