Middle School Grades 6 to 8
Middle School Course in Music
Open to all VCMS RC students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade who have passed the 5th-grade band or transferred from another school with musical training.
VCS Radio Symphony
This is the premiere performing ensemble at VCS. It's open to VCS students who have an Achievement Level Rating of VI or higher.
(See VCS Radio Symphony page)
VCS Radio Jazz
This is a smaller ensemble consisting of students from the VCS Radio Symphony who have achieved level VII or higher. VCS Radio Jazz focuses on a more eclectic musical genre. (See VCS Radio Jazz page)
All VCS Middle School Radio Conservatory (RC) students perform at The Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre for our annual Fall Concert, Blues Festival / Jazz Concert and Spring Concert. Students rated Level VI or higher perform in a wide range of additional projects depending on their course of study (See Upcoming Performances).
Achievement Level Ratings
All Students have a skill rating (See RC Achievement Level Award) based on their advancement through a list of method study books. Every method book checked off advances the student's rating. We award to medals to the student signifying his/her achievement. Higher ratings will also advance the student's opportunities. There are a total of nine levels.
These are seminars in specialized areas such as instrument care and maintenance, advanced tone production, and other performance enhancement subjects.
(Check Student Portal section for times)
Students may come in after school and on Saturdays for the popular Work Ahead Sessions (Check Student Portal section for times).These sessions allow a student to work ahead of class at his/her own pace - advancing to higher Achievement Level Ratings.
Work-ahead students advance very quickly.
Individual weekly lessons are available from a specialist on the student's instrument (see Private Lessons).
Special note for 5th Graders going into 6th grade:
How to sign up for 6th Grade music class:
For the 6th-grade student to continue in the band, there are two classes to choose from
Intermediate Band – for any student who completed 5th-grade band at VCS
This class is an elective. All student who finished the 5th-grade band at levels I, II or III is automatically advanced to level IV in the 6th grade. Achieving level VI makes the student eligible for VCS Radio Symphony
VCS Radio Symphony – for any student at achievement level VI or higher
This class is offered in the evenings, so the student is free to choose an additional elective for the class schedule.
Does my child get to take other electives in middle school if they are in band classes? Yes. Once the student reaches achievement level VI he/she is invited into the VCS Radio Symphony. These are evening sessions leaving the student’s elective time open to choose other subjects.
When does Intermediate Band meet? Monday through Friday during 5th period
When do the Evening classes meet for VCS Radio Symphony? Mondays and Thursdays 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
If my child passes into level VI over the summer or during the school year may he/she change from Intermediate Band to VCS Radio Symphony? Yes, this would open the student’s elective to transfer into another subject. Some students choose to stay in the Intermediate Band for fun and to get additional chamber music experience.
You can call or email me any time if you want to talk music for your child!