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Music Classes

Bethel Park High School
309 Church Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Phone: (412) 854-8581
Fax: (412) 854-8510
District Voice Mail: (412) 833-5000

MUSIC


Students enrolled in any of the following 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/guardians 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



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Freshman Treble Choir

600

3

9

1 – 3

1


Freshman Treble Choir: This class is for 9th grade treble (sopranos and altos) singers 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 Treble Choir class focuses on beginning sight-singing skills.  Freshmen Treble 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.


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Sophomore Treble Choir

601

3

10

1 – 3

1


Sophomore Treble Choir:  This class is for 10th grade treble (sopranos and altos) singers 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 Treble 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.


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Concert Choir

602

3

9  10  11  12

1 – 3

1


Concert Choir: This class is for 9th-12th grade tenors and basses and 11th-12th grade sopranos and altos who enjoy singing four part mixed music. An advanced level of repertoire including selections from 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. Sopranos and altos with limited choir experience should consider registering for Sophomore or Freshman Treble Choir. 


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Top 21

603

3

10  11  12

1 – 3

1


Top 21: Tenors and basses  in grades 10 through 12 and  sopranos and altos in grades 11 and 12 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 winter (January-February) 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


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Freshman Concert Band

610

3

9

1 – 3

1


Freshman Concert Band:  9th grade wind and percussion students will continue to enhance their musicianship skills through daily classroom instruction and after school performances.  Freshman Concert Band will prepare a minimum of two mandatory performances per year plus have the opportunity to participate in an adjudication festival.  Grading is based on in-class performance,  individual playing tests, daily participation and after school rehearsal/concert attendance.  


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Jazz Band - 1st Semester

611A

1

9  10  11  12

1 – 3

.5


Jazz Band - 1st Semester:   9th – 12th grade students will develop their musical skills and techniques with special emphasis on  jazz style and improvisation. Typical instrumentation includes saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums, however, any instrument is welcome to take this class if interested. Grading is based on in-class performance, in-class individual playing tests, and daily participation.



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Jazz Band - 2nd Semester

611B

2

9  10  11  12

1 – 3

.5


Jazz Band - 2nd Semester: 9th – 12th grade students will develop their musical skills and techniques with special emphasis on jazz style and improvisation. Typical instrumentation includes saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums, however, any instrument is welcome to take this class if interested.  Grading is based on in-class performance, in-class individual playing tests, and daily participation.


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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. Students enrolled in the Freshman Orchestra have the opportunity to travel as part of the annual Freshman Hershey Trip. Prerequisites: Middle and/or High School Music Director recommendation.


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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. Students enrolled in String Orchestra have the opportunity to travel as part of the annual Music Department Spring Trip. Prerequisites: Entering sophomores must have the recommendation of the High School String Director.


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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. Students enrolled in Chamber Orchestra have the opportunity to travel as part of the annual Music Department Spring Trip.  Prerequisites: Students must pass a competitive audition for entrance. 


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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 percussionists 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 and invitational concerts. Students enrolled in Jazz Ensemble have the opportunity to travel as a part of the annual Music Department Spring Trip.   Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Jazz Ensemble audition.


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Concert BandWinds

617

3

10  11  12

1 – 3

1


Concert Band:  This band, for grades 10-12, has no audition requirement, however, the  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. Students enrolled in Concert Band: Winds have the opportunity to travel as a part of the annual Music Department Spring Trip.

 

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Concert BandPercussion

618

3

10  11  12

1 – 3

1


Concert Band - Percussion:  This band, for grades 10-12, has no audition requirement, however, the  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 percussion through various warm-ups, exercises, etudes and method books. Students enrolled in Concert Band: Percussion have the opportunity to travel as a part of the annual Music Department Spring Trip. All percussion players in grades 10 - 12 should enroll in this section of Concert Band. 


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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 have the opportunity to perform during the annual Spring Music Department Trip.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Symphonic Band audition.



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Songwriting and Audio for Media Arts 

620

1 / 2

9  10  11  12

1 – 2

.5


Songwriting and Audio for Media Arts: This course is designed for students who have an interest in exploring the art of songwriting and audio/sound design in various forms of media.  Students will be provided with opportunities to work with audio for film, videos, games, and other visual arts as well as audio for commercials, podcasts and voiceovers.  Students will develop their skills and explore techniques in the areas of musical scores for film/video, character themes, sound fx, and mood/ambience, as well as lyrical and melodic development for jingles, advertisements, and other short, thematic music.  As part of the course, students will also learn basic editing and audio production skills.  A major goal of the course is to be able to provide assistance and support to teachers and other students throughout the high school who are looking to create audio projects.  This course is open to all students.  No prior musical background is required.


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Music Production I

621

1 / 2

9  10  11  12

2 – 3

.5


Music Production I:  This is an introductory course in music production, with a focus on the process of creating music.  The class is modeled after an online curriculum called Production Through Performance, in which students are taught all of the skills necessary to make their own music. Students learn how to write, play, and record drum beats, bass lines, chord parts, and melodies to create pop songs that sound like they would be on the radio. Students will learn to operate synthesizers as well as online Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) like Soundtrap, and computer-based sequencer/recording programs such as GarageBand.  Independent studies will be offered in accordance with the board policy after successful completion of both Music Production I & II. While there is no prerequisite for this class, in order to be successful, students should be computer literate and have a basic knowledge of music notation.


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Music Production II

622

1 / 2

10  11  12

3

.5


Music Production II:  This course will review the basic skills acquired in Music Production I and continue to build upon those skills. Whereas the emphasis in Music Production I was placed on learning  to create music and work with programs such as Soundtrap and GarageBand, Music Production II will continue to develop compositional skills while placing a strong emphasis on mixing, editing and recording in Soundtrap and Pro Tools (an industry standard for Music Production DAWs). 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 after successful completion of this course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music Technology I.


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Music Theory

623

1 / 2

10  11  12

2

.5


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.


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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. 

**Designates possible CCAC credit (all CCAC credit requirements must be met).


Prerequisites: Involvement in a performing ensemble at school or successful completion of Music Theory any music elective and teacher recommendation.