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9th Grade Guide for Instrumentalists

Attend Outside Performances

Attend eight concerts outside of your school this academic year. For example, four concerts on a college or university campus, preferably on the campus you are most interested in attending. Attend two concerts by professional organizations like your city’s symphony, community concert band, or touring ensemble(s). Add two concerts/performances outside the discipline of your primary performance ensemble like a Broadway musical, opera, ballet, community chorus, or folksong festival.


Attend one Master Class on a college campus.

Begin the year by taking private lessons once a week with a professional player. This professional player can be a local college professor, a symphonic player, or a local recognized private instructor.

Begin music theory instruction. You can study formal courses at your school, college-prep classes, or online instruction.


Participate in at least one school performance ensemble. For example: High School Symphonic Band, High School Orchestra, and sectional large ensembles. If you are a wind instrumentalist, marching band must be coupled with a concert ensemble.

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

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


Attend an extended Summer Camp (Band or Orchestra) that has age appropriate performance repertoire. This should be on a college campus you want to attend. While attending this camp, take at least one private lesson from the professor in whose studio you might spend most of your college experience. Check out our grade-by-grade summer experience guide for details.

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