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Program Description

The high school Music Curriculum offers a unique opportunity to develop each student’s potential to its highest level. Recognizing that students have unique combinations of abilities, needs, and goals, the Music Curriculum provides a series of learning situations that will fulfill both common and individual objectives.

General Policies

  1. One credit is required in a humanities-related field in order to graduate. Music is a humanities field.
  2. Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Women’s Chorale, Blue Notes, Bare Voices, and Concert Choir require that the student has had previous/ appropriate playing or singing experience.
  3. There will be a $50 fee assessed for each band, choir, and orchestra class the student is enrolled in.

College-Bound Students

College-bound students who aspire to study in a field related to music are recommended to take four full years of music.

Recommendation For Placement

  1. Recommendation for placement in any course is based on effort, motivation, and performance. Each instructor monitors these three aspects and considers them in making a recommendation of placement for the student for the following year.
  2. Any questions regarding the appropriateness of your experience level should be directed to the music instructor involved.

C159 Band: Concert Band

Prerequisites: Four Years Of Playing Experience Or By Audition
Open To: 9
1 Credit

Concert Band members participate in the Marching Band until late October. See Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble for those requirements. Concert Band begins after marching season and is required for all freshmen. All students will audition with directors for chair placement at the end of October. Concert Band will perform at least three concerts during the school year in conjunction with Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble and will rehearse daily. Students will study band literature designed to challenge each individual. Repertoire will include marches, medleys, musicals, and concert pieces. Emphasis will be on each student mastering the basic skills on their instrument. Students will have the opportunity to participate in everything that the rest of the band participates. Please refer to SB/WE for other performing opportunities.

C185 Band: Symphonic Band

Prerequisites: Concert Band (All Students Must Be Members Of The Marching Band. Juniors And Seniors May Opt Out Of Marching Band In The Spring By Application)
Open To: 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Band consists of two entities, Marching Band and Concert Bands. All members of band are members of the Marching Band, unless they petition out of marching band in the spring.

Marching Band begins in early August when all band members come together for a three-day band camp. During band camp, marching band music and marching fundamentals are learned. The Marching Band performs at all home football games, the Memorial Day parade and the annual Band-O-Rama Concert. After Marching Band season, students split into two concert groups (that were auditioned the previous March), Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band. Students are also expected to participate in the pep band, which performs at all home basketball games. Students interested in obtaining leadership positions in the band program are strongly encouraged to do so.

Symphonic Band is the second of the two auditioned concert bands. Students are encouraged to study privately. The Symphonic Band will perform at least three concerts during the school year. Students learn to perform a wide variety of band literature, with styles ranging from modern 20th century music, to baroque, medieval, romantic, and other genres. Emphasis is placed on technique, musicality, intonation, tone production, style, as well as historical understanding of the music. Special time is spent developing basic technique on the instrument, such as scales, articulation, sight-reading, projection, and confidence-all with the intention of giving them the tools to be candidates for Wind Ensemble. The Band takes a major trip every three years to expand student performance experience. Past performances have included Disney World, Toronto, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, the New Year’s Day Parade in London, England and Madrid, Spain. Other program activities include participation in ILMEA, Solo and Ensemble Festival as well as various festivals and clinics. It is the desire that all students exit the band program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music later in their lives. This course may be repeated.

C187 Band: Wind Ensemble – Honors

Prerequisites: Concert Band (All Students Must Be Members Of The Marching Band. Juniors And Seniors May Opt Out Of Marching Band In The Spring By Application)
Open To: 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Band consists of two entities, Marching Band and Concert Bands. All members of band are members of the Marching Band, unless they petition out of Marching Band in the spring.

Marching Band begins in early August when all band members come together for a three day band camp. During band camp, marching band music and marching fundamentals are learned. The Marching Band performs at all home football games, the Memorial Day parade and the annual Band-O-Rama Concert. After marching band season, student split into two concert groups (that were auditioned the previous March), Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band. Students are also expected to participate in the pep band, which performs at all home basketball games. Students interested in obtaining leadership positions in the band program are strongly encouraged to do so.

Wind Ensemble is the top auditioned group and an honors level class. Students are expected to study privately. The Wind Ensemble will perform at least three concerts during the school year, with additional mandatory performances when appropriate venues are available. Students learn to perform a wide variety of band literature, with styles ranging from modern 20th century music, to baroque, medieval, romantic, opera, and many other genres. Emphasis is placed on technique, musicality, intonation, tone production, style, music analysis as well as historical understanding of the music. Students will be asked to not only understand the performance of the music, but why it should be played that way, and why it sounds the way it does. The band takes a major trip every three years to expand student performance Past performances have included Disney World, Toronto, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, the New Year’s Day Parade in London, England. Other program activities include participation in ILMEA, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and various festivals and clinics. It is the desire that all students exit the band program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music later in their lives. This course may be repeated.

C161 Jazz Lab Band

Prerequisites: Previous of concurrent completion of one year of Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, AP Music Theory or have significant musical experience. Enrollment by audition/instructor approval required.
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Jazz Lab Band is the entry level group of 22-26 musicians dedicated to learning to play music in a big band setting. Time is spent listening to and learning to play in styles ranging from swing, fusion, funk, and basic Latin styles. Students will also learn some of the history of America’s most important music art form, jazz. Students play transcriptions of music from the 30’s and 40’s as well as modern compositions and learn the history of the key figures behind those pieces and recordings. In addition, time will be spent learning basic improvisation techniques, including theory of 7th chords, the blues changes, jazz modes, and riffs. Improvisation is the most important feature of jazz playing, and also the hardest to develop. The class performs 4 formal concerts each year as well as performing at 1-2 local jazz festivals. Each student is encouraged to study privately on their instrument. This course is open to saxophone, trumpet, trombone players, and percussionists who must also be enrolled in Band. Piano, bass and guitar players may enroll with permission of instructor. Auditions are held in March for the following year. The band has traveled every 3 years to New Orleans to visit the roots of jazz, perform in interesting locations and perform community service. This course may be repeated.

C189 Jazz Ensemble – Honors

Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent completion of one year of Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, AP Music Theory or have significant musical experience. Enrollment by audition/instructor approval required.
Open To: 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Jazz Ensemble is a high level group of 18-20 musicians dedicated to learning to play big band arrangements in many of the different styles of jazz. Time is spent listening to and learning to play in styles ranging from swing, bebop, fusion, funk, and more advanced Latin styles. Students will also gain a more advanced understanding of the history of America’s most important music art form, jazz. Students play transcriptions of music from the 30’s and 40’s as well as modern compositions and learn the history of the key figures behind those pieces and recordings. In addition, much time is spent developing the ability to improvise jazz solos using chord changes. Improvisation is the most important feature of jazz playing, and also the hardest to develop. Students are expected to be listening to jazz on their own as jazz is best learned by listening and are encouraged to delve more deeply into jazz by transcribing jazz solos, playing in jazz combos, working with play-along CDs, and studying the history of pieces used in class. The class performs three formal concerts each year as well as playing at community events and jazz festivals. Each student is encouraged to study privately on their instrument. Students not studying privately will be monitored closely by the instructor to be sure that progress is being made individually on their instrument. This course is open to saxophone, trumpet, trombone players, and percussionists who must also be enrolled in band. Piano, bass and guitar players may enroll with permission of instructor. Auditions are held in April for the following year. The band has traveled every 3 years to New Orleans to visit the roots of jazz, perform in interesting locations and perform community service. This course may be repeated.

C177 Troubadours (formerly Men’s Choir)

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10 ,11 ,12
1 Credit

Troubadours is a beginning tenor and bass ensemble open to all those interested in vocal instruction. Troubadours will learn basic techniques required for singing in a vocal ensemble including proper breathing, tone production, diction, blend, basic music theory and sight singing. These concepts are learned through an exciting variety of music from classical styles to today’s contemporary pop music. Troubadours will perform regularly at concerts and may also prepare music to be performed with other choral ensembles. Opportunities for student leadership exist. In addition, the Troubadours will have the opportunity to go on an out-of-state performance tour every third year. Past tours have included Italy, Ireland, Hawaii and Florida. It is the desire that all students leave the choir program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music throughout their lives. This course may be repeated.

C179 Bel Canto (formerly Treble Choir)

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Bel Canto is a beginning soprano and alto ensemble open to all those interested in vocal instruction. Bel Canto will learn basic techniques required for singing in a vocal ensemble including proper breathing, tone production, diction, blend, basic music theory and sight singing. These concepts are learned through an exciting variety of music from classical styles to today’s contemporary pop music. Bel Canto will perform regularly at concerts and may also prepare music to be performed with other choral ensembles. Opportunities for student leadership exist. In addition, Bel Canto will have the opportunity to go on an out-of-state performance tour every third year. Past tours have included Italy, Ireland, Hawaii and Florida. It is the desire that all students leave the choir program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music throughout their lives. This course may be repeated.

C181 Cadet Choir

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Cadet Choir is a vocal ensemble open to all those interested in vocal instruction. Cadet Choir will learn basic techniques required for singing in a vocal ensemble including proper breathing, tone production, diction, blend, basic music theory and sight singing. These concepts are learned through an exciting variety of music from classical styles to today’s contemporary pop music. Cadet Choir will perform regularly at concerts and may also prepare music to be performed with other choral ensembles. Opportunities for student leadership exist. In addition, Cadet Choir will have the opportunity to go on an out-of-state performance tour every third year. Past tours have included Italy, Ireland, Hawaii and Florida. It is the desire that all students leave the choir program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music throughout their lives. This course may be repeated.

C191 Cantilena-Honors (formerly Women’s Chorale-Honors)

Prerequisites: Bel Canto, Cadet Choir Or Significant Musical Experience. Enrollment By Audition Only
Open To: 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Cantilena is an advanced soprano and alto choral ensemble selected by audition; auditions are held each spring. Cantilena will focus on further refining their vocal techniques as well as learning advanced sight singing, music theory, phrasing and diction in foreign languages. Literature will include an exciting variety of advanced choral repertoire and also works by contemporary musicians. Cantilena will perform regularly at concerts and may also prepare music to be performed with other choral ensembles. Additionally, students will be expected to attend sectional rehearsals outside of the school day. Opportunities for student leadership exist. Members of advanced choral ensembles are encouraged to study voice privately. Participation in Solo and Ensemble Festival is also strongly encouraged. In addition, Cantilena will have the opportunity to go on an out-of-state performance tour every third year. Past tours have included Italy, Ireland, Hawaii and Florida. It is the desire that all students leave the choir program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music throughout their lives. This course may be repeated.

C197 Concert Choir-Honors

Prerequisites: Bel Canto, Troubadours, Cadet Choir, Cantilena Or Significant Musical Experience. Enrollment By Audition Only
Open To: 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Concert Choir is an advanced mixed choral ensemble selected by audition; auditions are held each spring. Concert Choir will focus on further refining their vocal techniques as well as learning advanced sight singing, music theory, phrasing and diction in foreign languages. Literature will include an exciting variety of advanced choral repertoire and also works by contemporary musicians. Concert Choir will perform regularly at concerts and may also prepare music to be performed with other choral ensembles. Additionally, students will be expected to attend sectional rehearsals outside of the school day. Opportunities for student leadership exist. Students in Concert Choir may take field trips to attend musicals, operas or other vocal music concerts. Members of advanced choral ensembles are encouraged to study voice privately. Participation in ILMEA and Solo and Ensemble Festival is also strongly encouraged. In addition, Concert Choir will have the opportunity to go on an out-of-state performance tour every third year. Past tours have included Italy, Ireland, Hawaii and Florida. It is the desire that all students leave the choir program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music throughout their lives. This course may be repeated.

C163 Concert Orchestra

Prerequisites: Four Years Of Playing Experience
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Concert Orchestra is a performance-based string ensemble course open to students who have four years of playing experience on a string instrument or who obtains the director’s approval. Students will study orchestral literature designed to challenge each individual. Emphasis will be on improving technical facility on their instrument. Fundamentals of music reading and theory will be reinforced, and students will develop greater understanding and appreciation for a wide variety of music. Members have the opportunity to participate in solo and ensemble contests, and preform with the extra-curricular ensembles; Bear Strings and sinfonietta. The Concert Orchestra will be part of a performance tour every third year with plans to travel in a variety of music and culturally valuable venues. It is the desire that all students leave the orchestra program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music throughout their lives. This course may be repeated.

C183 Symphony Orchestra – Honors

Prerequisites: At Least 1 Year Of Concert Orchestra And/Or Audition
Open To: 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Symphony Orchestra is the top, auditioned, performance-based orchestra. Students are encouraged to study privately and will perform at least 4 concerts during the school year with additional mandatory performances when appropriate venues are available. Course time is spent exploring and preparing music in varying styles from baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary. Students will develop individual technical ability, musicality, intonation, tone production, music reading ability and a higher level of understanding music through the study of music theory and music history. The Symphony Orchestra is joined by members of the Wind Ensemble once a week to study and prepare full orchestra pieces. Symphony Orchestra members also have the opportunity to audition for IMEA district and all-state groups, participate in solo ensemble, and audition for the extra-curricular ensembles; Bear Strings and sinfonietta. The Symphony Orchestra will be part of a performance tour every third year with plans to travel in a variety of music and culturally valuable venues. It is the desire that all students leave the orchestra program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music throughout their lives. This course may be repeated.

C173 Music Theory

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

This one-semester course is designed for students interested in increasing their knowledge of music theory, history, and musical vocabulary by discussing classical and contemporary music. Theory concepts will be taught by looking at classical music history, current music, and musical trends. Students will explore various historical compositional styles and skills using the electronic keyboards in the MIDI lab and basic knowledge of the keyboard will be taught. Through practice, composition, and analysis, students will develop basic music theory skills.

C174 American Popular Music

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

This one semester course is designed to teach students about the evolution of music in America. Students will study a variety of genres including: Blues, R&B, Rock and Roll, Motown, Heavy Metal, Disco and Hip Hop. They will develop critical listening skills which will help them think creatively and critically about popular music. It will allow students to connect today’s pop music to yesterday’s musical innovators.

C169 Beginning Electronic Music Composition

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit
NEW REMODELED LAB!

This is a one-semester course that teaches the basics of composing and producing using the* Ableton Live Suite*. This course is open to all students regardless of their previous musical experience. Students in the class will create music using the Ableton Push Controller and Keyboards. Students use a wide variety of compositional techniques including creating loops, writing melodies and learning how to sample.

C171 Advanced Electronic Music Composition

Prerequisites: Electronic Music Composition
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit
NEW REMODELED LAB!

This class is a continuation of Electronic Music Composition and continues building on skills and techniques learned in that class. Students will use Ableton Live to compose projects. Students will expand their skills in composing and producing music. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other digital mediums and experiment with various applications for their music. Advanced Music Composition is repeatable.

C199 Music Theory AP

Prerequisites: Students Need Permission From One Music Teacher. Students Who Have Taken Both Music Theory Courses Would Be Eligible For Ap Theory With Permission From That Instructor and/or At Least Two Years Of Formal, Ensemble Music Experience Will Be Required. Enrollment By Recommendation Only
Open To: 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

AP Music Theory is a course designed for students looking to discover how music is created and why music function to create the sounds we hear. This class will focus on aural training, sight reading and musical analysis. In addition to reviewing the basics of music, students will explore advanced musical forms, styles, historical periods, composers and compositional techniques. Students will be preparing to take the AP Music Theory exam in May. Permission from the instructor is required. Prior musical training is required. Additional questions can be directed to the instructor or any ensemble director.

C165 Guitar I

Prerequisites: None
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

This guitar class is designed for high school students who want to learn to play the guitar and have the opportunity to participate in music performance. This class is for students with no previous guitar experience. Besides learning to note read and develop the necessary technical skills needed to play the guitar, students will learn the essentials of music theory, improvisation and composition. The students will also learn to play solos and in ensembles in a variety of styles including folk, pop, blues and rock.

C167 Guitar II

Prerequisites: Guitar I
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
.5 Credit

This guitar class is a continuation of Guitar I and is designed to expand the student’s musical and technical skills in guitar performance. This course will emphasize the intermediate level of music theory, composition and improvisation. This class will also continue its study of various music styles and have opportunities to perform solos and in ensembles. This course may be repeated.

C193 Blue Notes – Honors

Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent completion of one year in Troubadours, Cadet, Bel Canto, Cantilena, Concert Choir, AP Music Theory or have significant musical experience. Enrollment by audition/instructor approval required.
Open To: 9, 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Blue Notes is a show choir ensemble that focuses on combining trained vocal experience with staged choreography. Blue Notes is an advanced soprano and alto choral ensemble selected by audition; auditions are held each spring. Blue Notes will focus on further refining their vocal techniques as well as learning advanced sight singing, music theory, and phrasing as well as a variety of dance techniques. Literature will include an exciting variety of works by contemporary musicians including Broadway show tunes and popular songs. Blue Notes will perform regularly at concerts and may also prepare music to be performed with other choral ensembles. Blue Notes members will perform frequently throughout the community and may be required to take field trips during the school day, evenings or weekends. Additionally, students may be expected to attend sectional rehearsals outside of the school day. Opportunities for student leadership exist. Members of advanced choral ensembles are encouraged to study voice privately. Participation in the Solo and Ensemble Festival is also strongly encouraged. In addition, Blue Notes will have the opportunity to go on an out-of-state performance tour every third year. Past tours have included Italy, Ireland, Hawaii and Florida. It is the desire that all students leave the choir program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music throughout their lives. This course may be repeated.

C195 Bare Voices – Honors

Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent completion of one year in Troubadours, Cadet, Bel Canto, Cantilena, Concert Choir, AP Music Theory or have significant musical experience. Enrollment by audition/instructor approval required.
Open To: 10, 11, 12
1 Credit

Bare Voices is an advanced mixed choral ensemble selected by audition; auditions are held each spring. Bare Voices will focus on further refining their vocal techniques as well as learning advanced sight singing, music theory, and phrasing as well as a variety of musical repertoire. Literature will include an exciting variety of works by contemporary musicians including standard tunes and also popular songs. Bare Voices will also explore advanced chamber music from all time periods. Bare Voices will perform regularly at concerts and may also prepare music to be performed with other choral ensembles. Bare Voices members will perform frequently throughout the community and may be required to take field trips during the school day, evenings or weekends. Additionally, students may be expected to attend sectional rehearsals outside of the school day. Opportunities for student leadership exist. Members of advanced choral ensembles are encouraged to study voice privately. Participation in ILMEA and Solo and Ensemble Festival is also strongly encouraged. In addition, Bare Voices will have the opportunity to go on an out-of-state performance tour every third year. Past tours have included Italy, Ireland, Hawaii and Florida. It is the desire that all students leave the choir program with a love and passion for participating in and enjoying quality music throughout their lives. This course may be repeated.