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Music Department


Best in Communities

Moon Area School District Music Department

A 2016 Best Community for Music Education

Elementary

  • Each elementary student currently receives 50 minutes of general music instruction once within a 5-day rotation.
  • Students can participate in Choir, Singing Tigers, 4th Grade Band, All-Star Band, 4th Grade Orchestra, and 3rd grade Recorder Ensemble
  • Students who play an instrument receive a 30 minute lesson once within a 5-day rotation.
  • Over the past 11 years, elementary choirs have performed the National Anthem at Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, Washington Wild Things baseball, and Robert Morris University basketball games.
  • The Bon Meade Mallet Madness Orff Ensemble participated in an Orff-tastic performance and side-by-side workshop at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music the past 3 years in conjunction with the Music Education Program at Duquesne.
  • In November 2013, Allard & Hyde Orffestra participated in an Orff-tastic performance and side-by-side workshop at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music in conjunction with the Music Education Program at Duquesne.

Middle School

  • All Middle School students participate in ensemble-based music classes, which meet every other day throughout the school year.
  • In addition to the grade level ensembles, opportunities include 5th Grade Tiger Tunes, 7th & 8th Grade Girls’ Chamber Choir, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, and Moon Area Youth Orchestra (MAYO).

High School

  • At the High School, over 28% of the student population is involved in band, chorus, or orchestra.  The national average is 8%.
  • High School opportunities include Concert Band, Honors Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band I, Jazz Band II, Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir, Brass Quintet, Winter Guard, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Choir, Honors Choir, Cantari, Bel Canto, Orchestra, and Honors Chamber Orchestra.
  • High School Percussion Ensemble has performed twice with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall.
  • The Honors Chamber Orchestra performed a solo piece with a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
  • High School Choral groups have traveled each year to perform in a variety of cities, including Chicago, New York, and Walt Disney World.

High School Marching Band

  • The marching band has won consecutive Pennsylvania Marching Band Association (PIMBA) Championships.
  • 7 out of the last 9 years, the marching band has placed within the top 5.

Performance Assessments

  • High School Symphonic Band participates in the PMEA Large Ensemble Music Performance Assessments. 
  • The Symphonic Band has received Superior ratings for the past 8 years and scored straight ones in all categories 6 of those years.


Pennsylvania State Conferences

  • 2 groups were selected by audition to perform at the Pennsylvania State Music Educator’s Conference:
    •  Bon Meade Singing Tigers in 2007 in Hershey
    •  High School Symphonic Band in 2013 in Erie

Pennsylvania State Capitol

  • These groups have been invited and performed in the Main Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA:
    • Bon Meade Singing Tigers
    • 8th Grade Concert Choir
    • High School Symphonic Band

All-State Ensembles

  • Students from band, chorus, and orchestra are consistently selected to participate in their respective all-state ensembles, and move on to study music in university and conservatories across the nation, such as Indiana University at Bloomington, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and Duquesne University. 

Honors Ensembles

  • Band, Chorus, and Orchestra students in grades 5-12 are consistently selected to participate in PMEA honors ensembles.

Collaboration

  • In February 2016, the High School Honors Choir participated in a collaboration with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Upper St. Clair Pantheon Choir for the performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In February 2013 the same groups collaborated in a performance of Carl Orff's iconic Carmina Burana
  • In December 2014, the High School Choirs and Symphonic Band performed a joint concert with the Pittsburgh River City Brass Band.

Outreach

  • Each year the music department hosts a forum for students interested in studying music in college.  The “So, You Think You Want To Be A Music Major…” forum provides an opportunity for students to hear first-hand from college professors what they can expect as a music major in college.  Students also receive information from over 20 surrounding college and universities.

Community

  • Music ensembles from all buildings have performed around the community, in places such as Moon Park, US Steel Plaza, PPG Wintergarden, Pittsburgh’s Annual Light-Up Night, Pittsburgh International Airport, Ross Park Mall, Pittsburgh Marathon, parades, and many more!

Recognition

  • The Moon Area School District has been nationally recognized as being a Best Community for Music Education in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.