• Music Department
    COURSES IN THIS DEPARTMENT SATISFY THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES OR
    FREE ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION.
    PERFORMING GROUPS
    Course credit will be given for successful participation in Band, Choir, and
    Orchestra. Interested students should contact the performing group director.
    Participation in after school rehearsals and public performances is an integral and
    necessary part of membership in these groups.

    Course Listing

    
    MARCHING / CONCERT BANDS (AD) GRADES 9-12
    Members of the Marching Band are required to attend a pre-school band camp,
    after school rehearsals, and all performances. Band camp will begin in August. A
    full rehearsal and performance schedule will be given to each student in May of the
    preceding year.
    For class purposes, the large number of marching band students will be divided
    into smaller bands at the instructor.s discretion, so that more individualized
    attention may be given to each student.
    This division will occur as follows:
    1) Marching/Concert Band - These students will be able to perform all
    marching band music and will work to develop their skill levels to the fullest
    through mainstream Concert Band literature through the balance of the year.
    There will be an opportunity provided for those students demonstrating high
    skill levels to pursue a more rigorous curriculum which will entail performance
    of the highest levels of high school music literature. This course would then
    carry an honors point weight of (6), not (5).
    2) Marching/Symphonic Band - Chosen from sophomores, juniors, and
    seniors. Students in this group must be able to perform the highest levels
    of high school band literature, and must demonstrate high skill levels. Selection
    is at the director.s discretion by audition.
    All ensembles are designed to present the best band literature to students in a
    way that will develop their performing abilities and musical understanding.
    
    CONCERT BAND (AD) GRADES 9- 12
    This course is designed for those students who do not participate in the
    marching band. The literature to be studied and performed will consist of
    standard band literature as well as lighter pop and show selections. No band camp
    is required; however, the performance nature of this course requires attendance
    when rehearsals and concerts are necessary beyond the school day.
    There will be an opportunity provided for those students demonstrating high
    skill levels to pursue a more rigorous curriculum which will entail performance
    of the highest levels of high school music literature. This course would then
    carry an honors point weight of (6), not (5).
    
    CHORALE (AD) GRADES 9-12
    Chorale is open to all students interested in developing their individual vocal
    and choral skills. Emphasis is placed on proper breathing, tone production, diction,
    musicality and music reading proficiency. A variety of suitable literature, ranging
    from Renaissance to contemporary, will be studied and performed in concert.
    Chorale meets during school hours on an alternate day schedule and rehearses
    monthly after school or in the evening. Participation in these rehearsals, as well
    as all scheduled performances is a requirement.
    All freshmen who intend to participate in Symphonic Choir must take one year
    of Chorale. Students may remain in Chorale for all four years of high school.
    Students who wish to advance into Symphonic Choir may audition towards the end
    of the year. Symphonic Choir performs an advanced level of high school choral
    literature; demands advanced level skills; and requires a higher level of commitment.
    There will be an opportunity provided for those students demonstrating high
    skill levels to pursue a more rigorous curriculum, which will entail performance
    of the highest levels of high school music literature. This course would then
    carry an honors point weight of (6), not (5).
    
    SYMPHONIC CHOIR (AD) GRADES 10-12
    Symphonic Choir is an advanced level ensemble. Comprised of sophomores,
    juniors and seniors, students in the group must be able to perform
    the highest levels of high school choral literature, and must demonstrate high skill
    levels. Selection is at the director.s discretion by audition.
    Students enrolled in this course will advance their individual vocal and choral
    skills with an emphasis on tone production, breathing, diction, musicality, music
    reading proficiency and rehearsal techniques. A variety of advanced choral
    literature, ranging from Renaissance to contemporary, will be studied and performed
    in concert.
    The Symphonic Choir meets during school hours on an alternate day schedule
    and rehearses monthly after school or in the evening. Participation in these
    rehearsals, as well as all scheduled performances is a requirement. Additional
    rehearsals will be scheduled at the discretion of the director to prepare for local,
    national, and international events. This rigorous schedule is necessary to maintain
    the high standards of this ensemble.
    
    
    STRING ORCHESTRA (AD) GRADES 9-12
    String Orchestra is open to all stringed instrument students (violin, viola,
    cello, bass) interested in developing their individual and ensemble skills.
    Emphasis is placed on proper bow control, tone production, intonation, and
    phrasing. A variey of string orchestra literature ranging from baroque to contemporary
    will be studied and performed in concert. String Orchestra meets during
    school hours on an alternate day schedule, and occasionally rehearses after
    school in preparation for concerts. Participation in these rehearsals, as well as all
    scheduled performances, is required. All freshmen who intend to participate in
    Symphony Orchestra must take one year of String Orchestra. Students may remain
    in String Orchestra for 4 years, or may audition to advance to Symphonic Orchestra
    toward the end of each year. Symphonic Orchestra performs an advanced level of
    high school literature, which demands advanced skill levels and a higher level of
    commitment.
    There will be an opportunity provided for those students demonstrating high
    skill levels to pursue a more rigorous curriculum which will entail performance
    of the highest levels of high school music literature. This course would then
    carry an honors point weight of (6), not (5).
    
    SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (AD) GRADES 10-12
    Students chosen for this group must be able to perform the highest levels
    of hgh school orchestral literature, and must demonstrate high individual
    skill levels. Membership is open to all string (violin, viola, cello and bass),
    woodwind, brass and percussion students. Selection is at the director.s discretion
    by audition. The literature to be studied and performed will consist of the standard
    symphonic works, as well as lighter pop and show selections. The performance
    nature of this course requires attendance after school for scheduled rehearsals
    and concerts.
    
    MUSIC THEORY 1 GRADES 9-12
    This course aims to provide the student with an understanding of the building
    blocks of music, such that the student will be more than adequately prepared to
    enter a college theory class. Topics of study include elements of notation, study of
    the piano keyboard, the circle of 5ths, major and minor scales, intervals of the
    chromatic scale, triads of the major and minor scales, and basic chord progressions
    of tonal music. Activities include writing music; sight-reading; aural analysis
    of melodies, intervals and chords; visual analysis of intervals, chords, chord
    progressions; and playing scales, intervals, and simple chords on the piano.
    
    ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY GRADES 10-12
    This course is primarily designed for those students in grades 10-12 who have
    completed Music Theory 1 and contemplate music as a career. Included will be
    studies in advanced harmony, and analysis of musical forms and compositions.
    Instrumental or vocal arrangements will be performed for analysis. In all
    instances, students electing this course must have the teacher.s approval.
    Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Music Theory examination.
    
    HONORS MUSIC ARRANGING GRADES 10-12
    This is a course designed to acquaint students with the general skills of
    orchestration. Included will be the analysis of music compositions in various
    styles from differing periods of music. Students will also be asked to participate in
    active involvement in arranging for the different media.
    A thorough knowledge of music theory is required.
    
    INTRODUCTION TO GUITAR (S) GRADES 9-12
    This semester course is designed to introduce students to the basic elements
    of guitar playing, theory and music reading. Students will learn tuning, chord study,
    and playing melody through a hands-on approach that includes solos, duets, and
    larger ensembles. This course is intended only for those students with no prior
    knowledge of the guitar or less than six months experience.
    
    INTERMEDIATE GUITAR (S) GRADES 9-12
    This semester course is designed to expand the performing ability of students
    with playing experience on the guitar and/or to continue a student.s progress from
    the introductory course. Emphasis will be placed on chords, hand positions, and
    melodic techniques. Students with guitar experience may elect this course with
    the instructor's approval.
    
    IMPROVISATION GRADES 9-12
    This course will study the notation used in jazz and popular music today (i.e.,
    Gmi7, C9, Fmaj7). Music theory skills necessary to voice chords, create bass lines,
    and select the proper improvisation scales will be taught. Traditional jazz literature
    will also be studied.
    Performance aspects of this course will attempt to develop the creative abilities
    of the instrumentalist. The ability to read music is a prerequisite. Percussion
    players are required to double on mallets or keyboard.
    
    MUSIC APPRECIATION (AD) GRADES 9 - 12
    This survey course emphasizes the diversity of musical knowledge by
    studying musical elements, style, form, historical periods and cultural
    context. Students are encouraged to consider how the other arts and
    historical developments helped shape the role of music in society.