Music

 

MUSIC COURSES

121100            CHORUS                                                                                                          
Prerequisite: None

 Chorus is an elective introductory performing class in which students are selected based on a former director's recommendation or through an informal audition. Students should have the minimal ability to match pitch and to carry a tune. Fundamental vocal techniques, music reading, unison, and part singing are emphasized by group rehearsal and written assignments. A variety of music styles are rehearsed. Students will be evaluated on singing ability, active class participation, written work, and performances. Vocal grouping will be determined each year by the director according to class enrollment.

  

121105            TREBLE CHOIR/CHORALE

(Honors available Course # 121106)                 

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation for honors: grade 11 or 12

 Students in this elective performing class are auditioned for membership or may be placed by recommendation of a former director. Members are expected to demonstrate both group and individual progress in tone production, music reading, and vocal independence. The class will have several performances which may involve school concerts, competitions, and/or festivals. Music selections represent a wide variety of styles and periods, mostly voiced in three parts. Music will include pieces which are a cappella and/or in a foreign language and selections comparable to state required listings. Students will be evaluated on singing ability, active class participation, written work, tests, and performances.  Students will need to complete additional requirements for honors credit.

 

121110            CONCERT CHOIR (Honors available Course #121111)

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation, based on prior high school experience or acceptable audition; for honors: grade 11 or 12

Concert choir is the primary choral group, participating in four to six major performances each year. Students are auditioned and teacher's approval is required. Class enrollment must maintain proper vocal balance. Concert Choir performs music in standard parts which represent a variety of periods and styles. Selections will include some which are a cappella and in a foreign language and music comparable to state required listings. Students should further develop their abilities in tone production, independence of voice parts, and appropriate interpretation. As a part of public performances, Concert Choir participates in a festival and/or enters state choral contest. Student grades will be based on singing ability, active class participation, written work, tests, and performances. Vocal grouping will be determined each year by the director according to class enrollment.  Students will need to complete additional requirements for honors credit.

121115            CHAMBER CHOIR (Honors available Course # 121116)                                   

Prerequisite: Enrollment in an additional choir during junior or senior year and teacher recommendation; teacher recommendation for honors: grade 11 or 12

 This select ensemble is chosen from students who are accepted based on audition. The students should be enrolled in another choral ensemble either their junior or senior year in addition to Chamber Choir. Balanced voice parts must be maintained. Chamber Choir performs music in standard parts which represent a variety of periods and styles. Selections will include some which are a cappella and in a foreign language and music comparable to state required listings. This group performs challenging chamber ensemble repertoire for six to eight performance and contest related activities during the year.  Additionally, the students are required to meet outside the normal class time to rehearse at the director’s discretion. Grades will be based on singing ability, active class participation, written work, tests, and performances.  Vocal grouping will be determined each year by the director according to class enrollment.  Students will need to complete additional requirements for honors credit.

 

121120            INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC APPRECIATION                                               

Prerequisite: None

Offered alternating years

 This class will train students to identify various styles, compare instrumentation and voicing and discuss the role of music in society.  Students’ study will include biographical information on composers and artists, cultural context, and musical forms.  It will include western European classical music, musical theater/opera, jazz and rock, and music of many cultures.

 Evaluations will be based on written assignments and tests, participation in class discussions, listening lessons, and project completion.  This course satisfies the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.

  

121125            MUSIC THEORY HONORS                                                                                  

Prerequisite: Grade 11-12; strong music background and teacher recommendation, offered alternating years

 Theory is designed for the serious students who plan to continue with music either by studying at the college level or by advancing their personal degree of understanding for use after high school. A list of entry-level expectations will be provided at the time of enrollment, and students are responsible for these standards when entering the class. The class develops the ability to hear in the mind what is on the printed page and to write music to be performed. Theory covers rhythmic and pitch notation, relation of staff notation to the keyboard, construction and analysis of chords and chord progressions, four-part writing, recognition of musical forms, sight singing, dictation, and aural training. Students will be evaluated on homework, tests, aural and reading skills, and class participation.

 

121130            CONCERT BAND                                                                                                   

Prerequisite: Selection by audition

 The Concert Band will present two public concerts a year and usually competes in the state instrumental music contest. The Concert Band will rehearse a variety of music styles and play selections comparable to state high school lists of required pieces.  Concert Band will be divided into two groups creating the Basketball Pep Bands, and each band will perform at half of the games.

  

121135         SYMPHONIC BAND/WIND ENSEMBLE (Honors available Course # 121136)

Prerequisite: Selection by audition; for honors: grade 11 or 12; conference with department chair

 Students selected for the Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble will need to demonstrate a high degree of proficiency on a selected instrument, be able to perform concert scales from memory, demonstrate competent mastery of range, tone, and sight reading, and perform a prepared solo. The Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble members will rehearse a variety of musical styles and play music comparable to selections on the state high school lists of required pieces.  Symphonic Band will be divided into two groups creating the Basketball Pep Bands, and each band will perform at half of the games.  Students will need to complete additional requirements for honors credit.

 

 121140            JAZZ ENSEMBLE (Honors available Course # 121141)                                    

Prerequisite: Selection by audition; for honors: grade 11 or 12; conference with department chair 

This auditioned ensemble performs standard and contemporary jazz literature and exposes students to improvisation.  Students enrolled are expected to participate in concert band with the exception of instruments such as guitar and keyboard.  Class size will be limited to balance the instrumentation required for jazz arrangements.  Jazz Ensemble will present at least two public performances a year. It may also enter competitions, play for school and/or district activities, and perform at community functions.  Students will need to complete additional requirements for honors credit.

 

121145            PERCUSSION CLASS                                                                                          

Prerequisite: Proficiency on instrument and teacher recommendation

 This class is available for all types of percussionists: mallet, cymbals, tri-toms, tympani, snare and bass drum. The group will rehearse music arranged specifically for percussion, perform for the public with concert groups and may enter solo and ensemble competition. Students should be able to demonstrate proficiency on percussion instruments to earn teacher approval to enroll. The percussionists will be divided into two groups creating the Basketball Pep Band and each band will perform at half of the games. 


 

 

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