Meet the Director

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Carolyn Hankins has been the Director of Bands at Sunset Middle School since it opened in 2006. Prior to her appointment at Sunset Middle School, Hankins served as the Director of the Kids on Stage Music Program at Hillsboro Elementary Middle. A proud native of eastern Kentucky, Mrs. Hankins started her teaching career in 1999 at Hazard Independent Schools where she taught Instrumental Music to students in grades 6-12. Mrs. Hankins earned her degree in Music Education from Belmont University and her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Trevecca University. Hankins has a long tradition of excellence regarding her ensembles, consistently earning superior ratings in concert and marching performances, which has gained state as well as national recognition.

Practice Information

Class Offerings

Beginning Band (6th)
Membership is open to any sixth grade student who wishes to learn the fundamentals of playing a typical school band instrument. These instruments include flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, baritone, French horn, and percussion. Students will learn the foundations that will ensure their success as future band members such as learning to read music, producing a good tone, assimilating music history and theory; and playing and performing individually and as a group. The Beginning Band traditionally performs a winter and spring concert, as well as a concert for incoming fifth graders. Students who are achieving at a high level are also encouraged to participate in the MTSBOA Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment. Students are expected to practice individually in preparation for class and to attend all performances.
6th Grade Band Syllabus

Concert Band (7th)
Membership is open to seventh grade students who have at least one year of experience playing their instrument. The course is a continuation of the technical training started in the sixth grade. Students will expand their playing ability, improve their range, tone, and technique, enhance their ensemble skills, continue to assimilate music history and theory, and perform individually and as a group. Students will perform in the winter and spring concerts, a minimum of one football game as a pep band, and a minimum of one pep rally. Students achieving at a high level will be encouraged to audition for the MTSBOA Mid State Clinic Bands and also the MTSBOA Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment. Students will attend the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Concert and Sight Reading Performance Assessment in the spring. Students will be expected to practice individually in preparation for class and to attend all performances.
7th Grade Band Syllabus

Symphonic Band (8th)
Membership is open to eighth grade students who have at least two years of experience on their instrument. Students will continue to expand their playing ability, improve their range, tone and technique, refine their ensemble skills, apply music history and theory skills, and perform individually and as a group. Students will perform in the winter and spring concerts, school assemblies for special occasions, a minimum of one football game as a pep band, and a minimum of one pep rally. Students achieving at a high level will be encouraged to audition for the MTSBOA Mid State Clinic Bands and also the MTSBOA Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment. Students will attend the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Concert and Sight Reading Performance Assessment in the spring. An overnight trip to an out of state concert band competition is usually the culmination of the year for this group. This band is also typically invited to perform for several school and community functions throughout the year such as special assemblies and grand openings. Students will be expected to practice individually in preparation for class and to attend all performances.
8th Grade Band Syllabus