COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

122  |   CONCERT CHOIR       1.0 credit / full year commitment       

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation (audition)

Concert Choir is a mixed choral ensemble.  A variety of musical styles and periods will be rehearsed, discussed and performed, and students will also work on vocal technique, basic theory, singing in various languages and performing several a cappella pieces to practice proper intonation. Dress rehearsals, all performances and concert dress are required.


125  |   JAZZ BAND      0.5 credit / full year commitment

Prerequisite: One year of playing experience on selected instrument

Performing ensemble organized to study and perform the various styles of jazz music; including, but not limited to, big band dance music, pop and rock, ballads, and blues.  We will use our talents to provide service to our school community and strive to foster pride in our school in conjunction with other performing ensembles.  The class will meet Tuesday through Thursday during zero hour.  (For this class only, students who earn an A (90% or higher) in this class may elect to not include the grade in their grade point average (GPA) calculation.)

»  This class meets before school three days a week, from 7:00 to 7:40am.


126  |   DRUMLINE      1.0 Credit

This class is an ensemble open to students interested in performing in a drumline, regardless of musical experience.  NO musical experience is required. Beginners are taught alongside those with prior musical knowledge, which creates an atmosphere of camaraderie as the more experienced students mentor the beginners.  Students will spend class time developing the proper playing technique and music reading skills necessary to perform on a variety of percussion instruments.   Drumline is also a class designed to help build self-esteem (playing solos, achievement), cooperation (playing in an ensemble), and life skills (practice, study, commitment) through the discipline required to learn to play an instrument.  We will also provide service to our school community.


224  |   GUITAR I     0.5 credit     

Guitar I is an introductory class that will allow students to develop fundamental skills on the guitar.  Students will learn to play basic chords, strumming, picking and basic music reading. Many styles of music will be used in class, such as rock, pop and jazz.


225  |   GUITAR II  0.5 CREDIT

Prerequisite: Guitar I or instructor permission

Guitar 2 will build on the fundamentals learned in Guitar 1. More advanced chords, strumming patterns and picking will be learned.  Students’ knowledge of music reading will deepen with the addition of tablature (tabs). Students will not only learn many styles of music, they will have a chance to use their guitar knowledge to explore music of their own choosing.


423  |   ORCHESTRA     1.0 credit / full year commitment

Prerequisite: One year of playing experience on selected instrument.

The orchestra class is open to students who currently play violin, viola, cello, or double bass. In this class, the students will receive guidance in techniques for producing proper tone, pitch, rhythm, posture, dynamics, and performance at different levels.


425  |   MUSIC TECHNOLOGY & PRODUCTION     0.5 Credit

Music Technology and Production will be designed to teach students how to create digital music from scratch using just their computer and digital music software. Students will also gain an understanding of musical beats, structure of rhythms, creation of harmony and harmonic structures, different musical vocabulary and how to perform them, and understanding of the properties of currently popular songs and how to recreate them. Grades 11-12 only.


428  |   CONCERT/MARCHING/PEP BAND     1.0 credit / full year commitment

Prerequisite: One year of playing experience on selected instrument.

Concert band is open to students who currently play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. In this class, students will receive guidance in techniques for producing proper tone, pitch, rhythm, posture, dynamics, and performance at different levels. Band is also a class designed to help build self-esteem (playing solos, achievement), cooperation (playing in an ensemble), and life skills (practice, study, commitment) through the discipline required to learn to play an instrument.  We will also provide service to our school community.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY

Anna Bosler – Ex. 2289

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