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Music Classes

Music Courses

Students enrolled in any of the following instrumental music classes will fulfill a comprehensive music education by studying, creating and performing music that develops music reading skills, individual performances skills, ensemble performance skills, musical understanding, and artistry. All classroom activities and rehearsal strategies will reflect the National Standards for Music Education as they are published by MENC: The National Association for Music Education:


  • Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

  • Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

  • Improvising melodies, variations and accompaniments.

  • Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.

  • Reading and notating music.

  • Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

  • Evaluating music and music performances.

  • Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

  • Understanding music in relation to history and culture.


Students and parents are reminded that personally owned musical instruments, which are brought to and/or used on school property, are not covered by School District insurance policies. Overnight or daily storage of personally owned instruments in school facilities is not advised.



MUSIC -- VOCAL



COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Freshman Girls’ Choir

600

3

9

1 – 3

1


Freshman Girls’ Choir: This class is for 9th grade girls who are either continuing their vocal development from middle school or singing in a choir for the first time. This class performs a varied repertoire of three part treble music. Freshmen Girls’ Choir class focuses on beginning sight-singing skills. Freshmen Girls’ Choir sings at two mandatory performances per year with two mandatory after school rehearsals prior to each concert. Grading is based on in-class singing tests, written quizzes, daily participation, and combined rehearsal/concert attendance.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Sophomore Girls’ Choir

601

3

10

1 – 3

1


Sophomore Girls’ Choir: This class is for 10th grade girls who enjoy singing a varied repertoire of three part treble music. A continuation of vocal training and music literacy prepares students to advance into Concert Choir and/or Top 21. Sophomore Girls’ Choir sings at two mandatory performances per year along with two mandatory after school rehearsals prior to each concert. Grading is based on in-class singing tests, written quizzes, daily participation, and combined rehearsal/concert attendance.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Concert Choir

602

3

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

1


Concert Choir: This class is for 9th-12th grade boys and 11th-12th grade girls who enjoy singing four part mixed music. An advanced level of repertoire including major choral works is performed. A continuation of vocal training and music literacy is stressed in every class. Concert Choir sings at two mandatory performances per year along with two mandatory after school rehearsals prior to each concert. Grading is based on in-class singing tests, written quizzes, daily participation, and combined rehearsal and concert attendance. Girls with limited singing experience should consider registering for sophomore or Freshman Girls’ Choir.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Top 21

603

3

10 11 12

1 – 3

1


Top 21: Boys in Grades 10 – 12 and Girls 11th - 12th are eligible to audition for this ensemble. A high level of vocal ability, sight-singing skills, and a serious group commitment are required of all members. Entrance to this group is by audition only. Auditions are held during the spring (April-May) for the following year. Top 21 requires concurrent membership in Concert Choir. Top 21 performs at numerous school and community events and requires evening and weekend hours to fulfill performance requests. This select vocal group participates in the annual Spring Music Department Trip.


MUSIC -- INSTRUMENTAL


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Freshman Concert Band

610

3

9

1 – 3

1


Freshman Concert Band: 9th Grade students will further ensemble playing skills on band instruments (winds & percussion) through classroom instruction and school and public performance. Freshman Concert Band will prepare a minimum of three mandatory performances per year plus an adjudication festival. Grading is based on in-class performance, in-class individual playing tests, daily participation and combined, after school rehearsal/concert attendance.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Jazz Band

611

1

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½


Jazz Band: 9th– 12th Grade students will develop their musical skills and techniques with special emphasis on the jazz idiom. Instrumentation includes saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums. Jazz Band will prepare a minimum of two mandatory performances per year. Grading is based on in-class performance, in-class individual playing tests, daily participation.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Freshman Orchestra

612

3

9

1 – 3

1


Freshman Orchestra: Students will further individual and ensemble string techniques and skills through classroom instruction and performances. Freshman Orchestra will prepare a minimum of two mandatory performances per year. Grading is based on in-class performance, individual and group performance evaluations, rehearsals and concert attendance. This ensemble participates in the annual Freshman Hershey Trip. Prerequisites: Middle and/or High School Music Director recommendation.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

String

Orchestra

613

3

10 11 12

1 – 3

1


String Orchestra: All 10th-12th grade string players will be assigned to this class unless he/she has successfully passed the audition for Chamber Orchestra. No audition for String Orchestra is required. Students will further individual and ensemble string techniques and skills through classroom instruction and performances. String Orchestra will prepare a minimum of two mandatory performances per year. Grading is based on in-class performance, individual and group performance evaluations, rehearsals and concert attendance. This ensemble participates in the annual Spring Music Department Trip. Prerequisites: Entering sophomores must have the recommendation of the High School String Director.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Chamber Orchestra

614

3

10 11 12

1 – 3

1


Chamber Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra requires 10th-12th grade string players to apply advanced string techniques and musicianship skills to advanced high school and collegiate level repertoire. This ensemble performs a minimum of three mandatory performances, plus numerous extracurricular and community events often requiring evening and weekend hours to fulfill performance requests. This ensemble participates in the annual Spring Music Department Trip. Prerequisites: Students must pass a competitive audition for entrance.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Jazz Ensemble

615

3

10 11 12

1 – 3

1


Jazz Ensemble: Jazz Ensemble is open only to students who pass a competitive audition. Winds and percussion must be concurrently enrolled in Symphonic Band or Concert Band. A balanced instrumentation of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drum set will be maintained, limiting players in each section. Activities include curricular performances, invitational concerts and participation in the annual spring trip. Pre-Requisites: Successful completion of the Jazz Ensemble audition


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Concert Band

617/618

3

10 11 12

1 – 3

1


Concert Band: All sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be assigned to one of the two sections of Concert Band unless they have passed the Symphonic Band audition. No audition for Concert Band is required. Ability should be on the intermediate level. The music will be of moderate difficulty. In addition to performance music, the class will concentrate on improving the fundamental principles of music: Tone, Technique, Rhythm, Scales, Articulation, Dynamics, and Interpretation-through various warm-ups, exercises, etudes and method books.


Due to the nature of this course, students are required to attend after school combined Concert Band rehearsals before each performance during the school year. Grading will be based on classroom performance, participation, and outside practice in addition to the mandatory after school rehearsals and performances.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Symphonic Band

619

3

10 11 12

1 – 3

1


Symphonic Band: All members must pass a competitive audition. Symphonic Band members' musical ability must be on the advanced level, with the students being able to perform with exceptional control and expression of their instruments. College and advanced high school literature will be performed. Due to the nature of this course, all performances are mandatory, and students will perform during the annual Spring Music Department Trip. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Symphonic Band audition.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Music Innovation

620

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 2

½


Music Innovation: This course offers students an opportunity to study the development of music as an art form. Students will investigate the development of music through history and relate musical preference to their own identity. Technology will also be used to create their own musical pieces as well as explore mood and emotion in music. An understanding of the basic parts of music, such as rhythm, melody and harmony, as well as the relationship of music to other art forms (dance, architecture, visual arts, literature and drama), will be presented. A basic understanding and appreciation of musical values in composition, regardless of personal likes or preferences will be stressed. This course is open to all students. No prior musical background is required.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Music Technology I

621

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

½


Music Technology I: This is an introductory course in music technology or “electronic music”. Music technology is a “hands on” creative music course exploring all the possibilities for music theory, performance, arrangement and composition made possible through the use of computer technology. Students will learn to operate synthesizers, both keyboard and modular, as well as develop and increase computer skills using the Macintosh platform while learning to use music software programs such as Garageband (digital sequencing and MIDI recording), Sibelius (notation) and Pro-Tools (multi track acoustic recording). Students will be exposed to and use all techniques and systems currently in use in the music industry. Independent studies will be offered in accordance with the board policy. Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for this class, however, in order to be successful, students should be computer literate and have a basic knowledge of music notation.



COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Music Technology II

622

1 / 2

10 11 12

3

½


Music Technology II: This course will review the basic skills acquired in Music Technology I, and continue to build upon those skills. Whereas the emphasis in Music Technology I was placed on learning and working with GarageBand, Music Technology II will focus more on using Sibelius and Pro Tools. This course will continue to develop compositional skills, and place a strong emphasis on recording and editing in Pro Tools and creating sound FX. Students enrolled in this course will gain “Hands-on” experience in the recording studio. Independent studies will be offered in accordance with the board policy. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music Technology I.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Music Theory

623

1 / 2

10 11 12

2

½


Music Theory: This is a basic level music theory course that will emphasize building basic skills in music theory. This course will focus primarily on developing a mastery of the following rudiments and terminology of music (including hearing and notating): pitches, intervals, scales and keys, chords, meter and rhythm. Attention will be given to correct notational skills, in which speed and fluency will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Music Appreciation or Music Technology I and Teacher Recommendation.


COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

AP Music Theory

624

3

10 11 12

3

1


AP Music Theory: The outline of this course reflects a range of skills typically developed during an introductory college course for Music Theory. The course offers students an opportunity to study the theory behind music by developing their ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic elements and processes of music that are heard or presented in a musical score. This course will seek mastery skill level of the following musical aspects: melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, analysis, style, history and composition. It will also include development of listening skills, dictation exercises (aural and rhythmic), sight-singing, keyboard harmony and conducting. It is strongly recommended that students interested in this class should have the ability to read and write musical notation. Prerequisites: Involvement in a performing ensemble at school or Successful completion of Music Theory and Teacher Recommendation