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Welcome to the Council Rock Music Department
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Welcome to the Council Rock Music Department.  Council Rock offers music instruction to students from kindergarten through grade 12.  General music instruction begins in elementary school.  Every student in elementary school and middle school takes general music.  Chorus is offered in elementary schools for students in the upper grades.  A brochure describing Council Rock music programs is available here.
Instrumental music instruction begins in grade 3 for strings and grade 4 for winds and brass.  Student recruiting for lessons is held in the first week of school.  Lessons are homogenous small groups where students are pulled out of class.  A rotating schedule is used so that students do not miss the same class.
Talented students in elementary school are selected for District Elementary groups.  These groups combine talented students from all 10 elementary schools.  Rehearsals for District Band and Orchestra are held before school, and District Chorus rehearsals are held in the evening.  Concerts are presented in some of the elementary schools and a large combined concert is held in March or April.
Middle school performing groups include choruses, concert bands, jazz bands, and orchestras.  These groups rehearse during an activity period at the beginning of the school day.  Instrumental group lessons are offered as a pull out program.  Lessons are rotated so the students do miss the same class each week.
High School performing groups must be taken as a graded class.  Groups include Marching Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Choir, and Chorale.  Jazz Band is an after school activity and is open to students by audition only. Some groups like Marching Band have extensive after school and summer commitments, while other groups like Concert Band meet primarily during the school day. 
Our high schools also offer courses in guitar, music appreciation, music technology, music theory, music arranging, musical theater, and music technology. 
The full description of the courses is in the High School Program Planning Guide

Music instruction in Council Rock is standards based.  The following standards are used:

Course offerings in Council Rock

Assessment Rubrics
Students in instrumental performance classes are assessed using these rubrics.

District Listening List
Students in Council Rock Elementary and Middle Schools will be listening to the following pieces.  Teachers will also add other pieces depending on the lesson unit.

Core Competencies
Students in grade 6 are expected to achieve the skills listed below.

Music Web Sites in Council Rock

News and Notes
  • Council Rock South High School Orchestra has announced their trip for the 2010-2011 school year.  They will be visiting Paris, Cannes, Nice, and Monte Carlo.  The trip is in April.
  • Council Rock North HIgh School Marching Band has announced their trip for the 2010-2011 school year.  They are traveling to Buenos Aires in February.
  • The Council Rock Music Department hosted the Bucks County Music Educators' Festival in March, 2010.  Over 500 students from schools throughout Bucks County attended the 3 day festival hosted at Council Rock North, South, and Newtown Middle School.
  • The Council Rock Music Department hosted the PMEA District 11 Orchestra at Council Rock South in January, 2010.  Over 100 students from Bucks and Montgomery Counties participated the the 3 day festival.
  • The Music Department hosted workshops from professional performing groups in the 2009-2010 school year.  The a cappella group The Bobs gave a workshop at South attended by general music students from all the elementary schools.  The jazz/rock string group Barrage gave a workshop and performance at South featuring string students from all the Council Rock Schools.
  • The Council Rock North Orchestra traveled to England during the 2009-2010 school year and presented concerts in London and other locations.
  • The Council Rock South Choir traveled to England during the 2009-2010 school year and presented concerts at cathedrals in London and other cities.