Beginning in 2016-17 the Seaman Elementary Band and
Orchestra (SEBO) programs will change from the existing fifth and sixth
grade every-other-day schedule to a sixth grade everyday class schedule
and no fifth grade classes.
How will this benefit students?
• Newly expanded curriculum
• Benchmarks for student progress
• Increased individual & small group interaction
• Easier bus scheduling
the current system, SEBO is spreading out one year of instruction over
two years (two days per week in fifth grade, and three days per week in
sixth grade). By implementing everyday SEBO for sixth graders,
students will be able to maintain the proficiency level they are
currently reaching and dramatically improve student achievement because
of the significantly increased uninterrupted contact time. Other
benefits to the scheduling change include expanded learning outcomes,
easier bus scheduling, and a better first-year curriculum.
there are four non-contact days for fifth grade students. This is an
eternity for the youngest players, and it is actually counterproductive
to their development. Playing in the band or orchestra requires a
highly-specialized set of skills for each individual instrument and it
is very difficult for instructors to keep tabs on students when they
only meet two days per week. Next year, staff will be able to observe
and assist students daily, keeping them on track in a newly expanded
curriculum that will include benchmarks for student progress, more
individual and small group interaction, and will help put all of the
students on a level playing field as they enter Seaman Middle School.
news may come as a disappointment to the fourth graders looking forward
to starting band and orchestra next year but the trade off for this
short-term disappointment is a superior music education that will bring
tremendous success, joy, and pride to the students when they reach sixth
grade. It’s hard to wait, but the wait will be worth it when looking
at the positive effects this scheduling change will bring as the kids
make their way through middle school and into the high school band and
orchestra programs for years to come!