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Pembroke Pines [K-12] Campus - Band

***Governing Board Meeting***

The Franklin Academy Foundation Board of Directors will meet on 6/20/2024 at 6:00 pm

Franklin Academy – Palm Beach Gardens Campus
5651 Hood Road
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418


Band is designed to give the student an enriching and diverse instrumental music education. This class provides a number of performance opportunities for the student in a variety of settings. The daily objective of the course is to foster and promote musical growth through the playing of an instrument by the student. As a member of the instrumental music program, group effort and cooperation is necessary for a successful program. Learning an instrument is a skill-based effort in which each student is expected to show technical and musical growth throughout this course. Practice never has to be daily, but must be regular to allow the repetition needed to correctly progress with the curriculum.

Joseph Saenz - Band DIRECTOR, DepT. Chair

My goal as a music educator is to teach the love of music, musical skills, and musical concepts through instrumental performance in the classroom, on stage, and in the community. Music education should take place in an environment that is safe and open to exploration, discovery, and risk-taking, as well as creativity and building relationships with fellow performers and the audience. My goal is to facilitate a learning process that increases retention by engaging the students in music-making, rather than lecturing. Performing instrumental music activates all areas of the brain which helps to cultivate and sharpen many cognitive and motor skills, often simultaneously, that bear a major positive impact on student academic achievement at large. Every student should be given the opportunity to learn and grow a love for music throughout their childhood development.


"IB" stands for "International Baccalaureate" and is the abbreviation for the non-profit educational foundation serving students aged 3 to 19. International Baccalaureate. IB programs aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

In an IB instrumental music class:

- students will engage in discussions about music concepts, techniques, theory, and music history.

- students will consider the role of music in local and global contexts.

- students will respond to a reflection process before, during, and after assignments, tests, performances and other projects.

- students will learn basic composition elements as a form of creative expression and musicality.

- students will analyze and decipher their progress based on research-driven standards and rubrics.


Music USA Festival @ Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure, Orlando

All students in a music class or music after school are eligible to attend the Universal Orlando trip. We intend to perform at the event and it may be a 2-Day trip with performances on the first day and 2-park rides on the second day.

Solo & Ensemble - participation is more experiences offered to the band and orchestra students. Students participate in competitions and festivals to learn new and fun music, work with recognized conductors and other band and orchestra students, and build upon their Student Resumes for college.

Individual rehearsal time will be used to coach soloists and small ensembles nearer to the competition dates. Rehearsals with the accompanist will be scheduled outside of regular rehearsal times and will be determined by the student and the accompanist. Accompanist fees are to be paid by the student.

All students, regardless of years in band/orchestra are welcome to participate. You do not have to do a solo, you can do a duet, trio, or quartet and there are easy beginner pieces available!

District MPA Evaluations – Intermediate and Advanced Level students may be invited or required to participate in district MPAs. Parents will be notified of all the requirements ahead of time. These events will be field trips since they occur during school hours.



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