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Instrumental Music


Michael Lee Parsons, Director of Bands

Teaching students how to play and make music is the driving force for the Briarcrest Christian School Instrumental Music Department. Our goal is to inspire, teach, and develop students to excel in music and to prepare them for future success in college and beyond. Developing the musicianship of the individual student is the foundation of our curriculum. The lessons and qualities derived from that work—the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity—are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise, and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any educational experience.  


  • To define and refine the individual talents of every student by providing a broad array of musical opportunities through various ensemble settings, private lessons, competitions such as “All-West” and “Solo and Ensemble” as well as Marching and Concert Band Festivals.
  • The foundation for our instrumental music program is cultivated on the individual level. Each student has a unique educational and social need. Our aim is meet those needs without exception. Through creative and innovative approaches to music education, our curriculum strives to address and meet the needs of all students from beginning band to high school seniors.  
  • Application of what is learned on the individual level will be achieved in ensemble settings. These ensembles/ bands meet daily throughout the week during school to rehearse.
  • Performance outlets include athletic games, seasonal concerts, national and international concert tours and festivals, individual and small group recitals, and other school functions.

                       “Music can change the world because it can change people.”  Bono 



“Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable.”
Leonard Bernstein



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