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8th Grade Guide for Instrumentalists

Attend Outside Performances

Attend eight concerts outside of your school this academic year. For example, two concerts at the high school you will attend, two concerts on a college or university campus, and two concerts by professional organizations like your city’s symphony, community concert band, or touring ensemble(s). In addition, add two concerts/performances outside the discipline of your primary performance ensemble. Example: Broadway musical, opera, or a ballet.


Attend one Master Class on a college campus.

Begin the year by taking private lessons once a week with a more seasoned player. In 8th grade, a college student majoring in your instrument’s performance may be a good choice for a private instructor.


Participate in a school performance ensemble. For example, Middle School Symphonic Band, Middle School Orchestra, and sectional large ensembles.

Participate in statewide Solo and Ensemble Festival by performing an accompanied solo that is appropriate to your technical ability. Participate in one same instrument small ensemble.

Audition for and make the grade-level appropriate All-State ensemble.


Attend Summer Camp (Band or Orchestra) that has age appropriate performance repertoire. This should be on a college campus. Check out our grade-by-grade summer experience guide for details.

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