HS Course Selection Guide - MUSIC
Music courses do count towards the 2.0 Arts/Humanities Credit required for graduation.
Honors Concert Band (9, 10, 11, 12) .6 credit
Students who play band instruments have the opportunity to perform many styles of band literature from the classical to contemporary period. The development of musical knowledge, instrument performance skills, and self-discipline - while working together as a unified ensemble - are important factors of Concert Band. Group lessons are scheduled on a rotating schedule during school hours. Various ensembles (e.g. woodwind quintet and brass choir) provide opportunities for the more talented and interested student to explore, discover and perform different styles of music. Home practice is essential.
Prerequisites: Basic command of a band instrument meeting high school curriculum requirements, and recommendation by the middle school band director.
Accelerated Honors Wind Ensemble (9, 10, 11, 12) .6 credit
Select students who play band instruments at a high level are provided the opportunity to perform many styles of advanced band literature from the classical and contemporary periods. Group lessons are scheduled on a rotating schedule during school hours. Various ensembles - e.g. woodwind quintet, and brass choir - provide opportunities for the more talented and interested student to explore, discover and perform different styles of music. Home practice is essential.
Prerequisites: High command of a band instrument meeting curriculum requirements, balanced instrumentation, and a successful audition by the director.
Jazz Lab Band (9, 10, 11, 12) .4 credit
This ensemble provides interested and talented jazz instrumentalists an opportunity to perform music in the style of influential jazz pioneers. The focus of this ensemble is to develop beginning jazz musicians into intermediate jazz performers. Music selections such as: Blues, Swing, Latin, Fusion, and Rock may be included in the Jazz Lab Band’s repertoire. Beginning study of improvisation is also part of the Jazz Lab Band curriculum. Home practice is essential.
Prerequisites: A basic command of a jazz band instrument meeting curriculum requirements and successful audition by the director and appropriate instrumentation for Jazz Band music (doubling parts if necessary). Student must participate in Concert Band or Honors Wind Ensemble to become a member of Jazz Lab Band (exceptions are: piano, guitar or bass students).
Honors Jazz Band (9, 10, 11, 12) .4 credit
This ensemble specializes in advanced jazz literature and provides the more talented jazz instrumentalists an opportunity to perform advanced music in the style of influential jazz pioneers. The focus of this ensemble is to develop and refine the skills of advanced jazz performers. Music selections such as: Blues, Swing, Latin, Fusion and Rock may be included in the Jazz Band’s repertoire. A high ability level of improvisation should be demonstrated. Home practice is essential.
Prerequisites: High command of a jazz band instrument meeting curriculum requirements and successful audition by the director and appropriate instrumentation for Jazz Ensemble music (one person to a part). Student must participate in Concert Band or Honors Wind Ensemble to become a member of Honors Jazz Band (exceptions are piano, guitar or bass students).
Honors String Orchestra (9, 10, 11, 12) .6 credit
Open to string students who demonstrate a reasonable proficiency on their instrument, students enhance their technical and listening skills and learn the importance of teamwork. Small Group Instruction (SGI) is required and scheduled on a rotating basis. Home practice is essential.
Prerequisites: Basic command of a string instrument meeting high school curriculum requirements, and recommendation by the middle school orchestra director.
Accelerated Honors Chamber Orchestra (9, 10, 11, 12) .4 credit
This ensemble prepares and performs advanced repertoire with emphasis placed on individual musicianship. Students are presented with the opportunity to study varied genres of musical literature at an accelerated level. Small Group Instruction (SGI) attendance, on a rotating basis during school hours, is expected. Home practice is essential.
Prerequisite: Students must participate in String Orchestra. High command of their respective instrument and high school curriculum are required. Eligibility is determined by audition with the orchestra director.
Honors Concert Choir (9, 10, 11, 12) .6 credit
Concert Choir performs standard choral literature with instructional
emphasis placed on the classics. Students are selected by audition in
the spring. Participation in the winter and spring concerts is required.
Students are encouraged to audition for District Chorus and the Spring Musical. Small Group Instruction (SGI) is scheduled on a rotating basis during the school day.
Prerequisites: Freshmen are required to have a recommendation from the Middle School Choral Director. All students must have a successful audition with the High School Choral Director.
Accelerated Honors Chamber Choir (10, 11, 12) .4 credit
Chamber Choir specializes in the performance of a cappella music, music for small ensembles, advanced choral literature, and music which suggests staging. Besides participating in annual concerts, this choir frequently performs at community events. Students are encouraged to audition for District Chorus and the school Musical. Rehearsals for these activities are scheduled after school. Group lessons are scheduled on a rotating basis during the school day. This group is chosen by audition from advanced singers in Concert Choir.
Prerequisites: Students must participate in Concert Choir Honors. Students must have a successful audition with the High School Choral Director.
Ensemble Options* (9, 10, 11, 12) Variable credit
Designed for students who want to take a specific choir class for partial credit due to scheduling conflicts. Students must choose the choir in which they wish to enroll and receive the permission of BOTH the choral director and their guidance counselor. This is NOT an independent study arrangement. Credit is determined on the number of days per week the student is enrolled in class.
*Since this course is based on availability and room within a student’s schedule, this course may be selected only after the school year begins.
Curricular Music Classes
Guitar (9, 10, 11, 12) .5 credit/semester course
Students will explore their love of music through the guitar while enhancing their ability to access styles of music not always found in the traditional band, chorus or orchestra ensembles, such as pop or rock. Objectives include exploring the fundamentals of guitar performance, reading traditional notation, tablature and chord charts, playing individually as well as in groups, understanding the musical concepts of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form and to develop a deeper appreciation for all styles
Musical Keyboard (9, 10, 11, 12) .5 credit/semester course
This semester course provides beginning instruction on the electronic piano keyboard in a laboratory setting. An independent study approach is used to allow each student to proceed at his/her own pace. Additional practice on keyboard instruments at home or in school is encouraged. This course is a pre-requisite for AP Music Theory, where students have the opportunity to earn college credit.
Vocal Broadway (10, 11, 12) .5 credit/semester course
This is an introductory class intended for students of all musical backgrounds who want to learn about and perform the song repertoire of musical theatre. Students will have the opportunity to explore their love of Broadway through the study and performance of some of the most influential composers of musicals and how their songs reflect different facets of American society. At the conclusion of the course students will participate in a cabaret style performance to share their favorite songs of Broadway. The learning objectives for this course include exploring the fundamentals of performance, composer history of American Musical Theatre, repertoire per voice part, singing
and styles of repertoire, audition preparation and performing.
Music Theory & Composition 1 (9, 10, 11, 12) .5 credit
This is a semester course that will introduce students to the basic foundations learning the basic foundations of music and music composition while developing skills in aurals, sight-singing, and musical dictation. Topics include melody, harmony, keyboarding, and part writing. A music background in vocal or instrumental study is recommended. This course is a pre-requisite for AP Music Theory, where students have the opportunity to earn college credit.
Advanced Placement Music Theory (10, 11, 12) 1 credit
AP Music Theory is for vocal or instrumental students who are interested in pursuing a career in music or who wish to demonstrate their advanced knowledge in the field. This course will build upon your knowledge of music, emphasizing the rules of theory and composition, ear training, sight singing, analysis and keyboard skills. Music from a variety of time periods will be studied. The AP Music Theory exam includes multiple choice questions as well as a variety of listening, performing, and analytical exercises.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Musical Keyboard I and Music Theory and Composition I OR music teacher recommendation.
This course will be offered every other year, beginning in Summer 2023.
Scoring for Film and Television (11, 12) 1 Credit
This dual enrollment summer course serves as an introduction to scoring for film and video. The three tracks of study include training on Logic to score video/film, exploring the basic techniques of film scoring and learning how to listen to music within the context of cinema. Students will listen to music in and out of the context of film to develop a palette that will serve their work in scoring. Students will also be analyzing film soundtracks that will allow them to understand different techniques and aesthetics in scoring. Students will score several short video clips.
This course will be offered every other year, beginning in Summer 2024.
Advanced Placement Studio Production (11, 12) 1 Credit
This dual enrollment summer class focuses on the production of music in a studio setting. Students learn the basics of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in a digital audio workstation. Students will be able to record instruments in a studio setting and use appropriate technologies to enhance the final product of their recordings.