6th Grade Orientation

We are so excited that your child will be attending Holland Middle School next year!  We recognize this is an important and dynamic stage of development as your child moves from the elementary school to the middle school. With all of the unusual circumstances occurring with learning this spring, we want you to know we are looking forward to the fall and we are making special plans for this exciting move. 

Our goal is for all students and parents to experience a smooth and enjoyable transition to HMS. 

The first step in the transition process is a virtual parent information session:

HMS teachers and staff believe the middle school years are a special time in the life of every student. We are eager to introduce ourselves to our new 6th-grade students and to you. 

Students must select one music class by May 22. Use this link to select your music class.

Sincerely,

Karen Legg
Holland Middle School Counselor
616-287-0570 

WATCH ME! Student Orientation Videos

What is a Dutch Ticket?

What time does school start at HMS?

What are your three music choices?

Students must select one music class by May 22. Use this link to select your music class.

 

What Club/Activity do you want to join?

Music Class Detailed Course Descriptions… Important for Parents and Students

Students must select one music class by May 22.  Use this link to select your music class.

6th grade ORCHESTRA:  Students who choose orchestra class will have the choice of learning to play VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO or STRING BASS.  Learning starts from the very beginning basics of instrument care, to proper holding techniques, to reading music, to using a variety of skills to play and to performing 3 concerts throughout the year.  Members perform in a designated uniform.  Students do not need to have any experience playing a string instrument or piano.  Those who do have experience will act as role models and helpers in the beginning weeks of class.  Students will be prepared to go onto 7th and 8th grade orchestras to continue to advance their playing skills in a variety of new performance settings (individual, small and full group festivals, DeComposers Concert, playing at the G.R. Drive basketball game, etc…).  At the high school level students can enjoy playing in Concert orchestra, Chamber orchestra, Symphony orchestra.

Please check out the video clips below for demonstration of instruments: 

Holland 6th/7th orchestra with Mariachi band

 

6th grade BAND:

Students who choose band class will have the choice of learning to play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, or percussion. Learning starts from the very beginning basics of instrument care, to proper holding techniques, to reading music, to using a variety of skills to play. We perform 2 concerts throughout the 6th grade year, with an optional recital. Members perform in red polos and black dress bottoms.  Students will be prepared to go onto 7th and 8th grade bands as well as high school band to continue to advance their playing skills in a variety of new performance settings (Marching Band, Tulip Time, Football and Basketball Games, Jazz Band, and Percussion ensemble, as well as individual, small and full group festivals, etc…)

Please check out the video clips below for a demonstration of Holland Band Students:

Instrument Demonstrations from BPOTB Admin on Vimeo.


 

6th grade CHOIR:

Students who join the Holland Middle School Choir will be given the opportunity to grow as a musician and as a team player! We have several goals as a 6th grade choir: understanding how to be a contributing member of a choir, how to perform for an audience, introduction skills to reading music, and sight-reading using solfege syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti do). Students do not have to have any experience with singing or to be “good” at singing - we will all learn how to be better vocalists together as a GROUP! 

FAQ:

  • Students will NEVER be asked to sing alone. Being in a choir means being a part of a team!
  • Each choir student will be required to buy a choir shirt from Miss Steinman ($8) and provide all black shoes and pants as their performance uniform
  • We will have 2-3 concerts throughout the school year - performances are a required part of being in choir, band AND orchestra. 
  • Students will be prepared to continue into 7th and 8th Grade Choir, as well as our renowned High School Groups (Belle Canto, Select Men’s Ensemble, Concert Choir and Vocal Dimensions) where they will have new and exciting performance opportunities. 

Check out the HMS CHOIR Instagram page for more insights into our class.

 

Students must select one music class by May 22.  Use this link to select your music class.

Obtaining an instrument for orchestra and band

There are 3 main ways to obtain an instrument for band or orchestra.  

1. Renting an instrument from Meyer Music is the most popular method, and receives the highest recommendation from Holland music teachers.  Features of the plan include:

  • Receive a new or nearly new instrument and ALL supplies (including class book, music stand, instrument supplies, tuner)
  • Monthly rental includes all repairs and replacement of the instrument
  • Monthly rent ranges:  $10-20 violin and viola, $27-35 cello, $45 string bass.
  • $29 for flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, or percussion kit.
  • $59 for baritone or saxophone.

2.  Using a previously played instrument from family or friends.  

  • Will need to purchase supplies and class book
  • Should be checked over by Meyer Music to ensure in working condition
  • Repairs will not be free like they would be by Meyer Music

3.   Using a school loaner. 

This option is reserved for those who have explored #1 and #2, but cannot proceed with either option. The school will provide an instrument if it is the only            source for obtaining an instrument. A one time, maintenance fee is required for using a school instrument: 

  • Band instrument $60 
  • Orchestra instrument ($40 violin, $50 viola, $60 cello, $70 string bass). 

Please wath the video below for a quick overview of the Meyer Music rental plan: