Music

Summary

Music classes will develop an awareness, sensitivity and appreciation of a variety of music, teach skills in reading music, help acquire habits of concentrated listening, train students in vocal and instrumental performance, and contribute to the musical life of the school and community. Courses described here can be used to fulfill the one credit requirement for graduation in the arts.

Music Courses

Music Theory I*

Grades 10–12

Prerequisite: Chorus or Band, and/or teacher approval. . credit Music Theory I is a half-year course offering an exploration of the materials of music. It is designed to provide the student a thorough exposure to the notational vocabulary of music and further enhance their fluency with such materials through classroom practice in ear training. Central to the instructional strategy will be progressional mastery through the “Practical Beginning Theory” workbooks of Benward, Jackson and Jackson. Topics include: Clefs, key signatures, time signature, melodic and harmonic intervals, major scales, minor scales, note values, rhythm, composition techniques and styles.

Music Theory II*

Grades 10–12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music Theory 1 and/or teacher approval. 1/2  credit Music Theory II is a half-year course that would be the continuation of Music Theory A. This course would serve as a preparatory class for those students who may wish to major or minor in music in college. This class concentrates on part writing in two and four voices, harmonic analysis, harmonic progressions and advanced ear-training. This course might also offer projects in composition and performance.

*Music Theory I & II are offered at the AP Level when sufficient interest exists from qualified students.

AP Music Theory

A major component of any college music curriculum is a course introducing the first-year student to musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. The AP Music Theory Exam is intended for secondary school students who have completed music theory studies comparable to introductory college courses in music theory. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to such a course. It is also strongly recommended that the student will have acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument. The AP course should emphasize aural and visual identification of procedures based in common practice tonality. The ultimate goal of an AP Music Theory course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score.

Chorus

Grades 9–12

1/2 credit/1 credit

Chorus provides a cooperative group activity and develops individual talent. This course concentrates on proper vocal production and technique. It will improve listening skills and introduce classic and modern choral literature. Students are required to perform at the winter and spring concerts.

Band

Grades 9–12

1/2 credit /1 credit

This course provides a group activity in which pupils learn how to work cooperatively toward a common goal: the performance of music. The instructional program consists of sectional rehearsals, instruction of individual members, and full band rehearsals directed toward the technical advancement of the pupil’s musical skills. Students perform at the Pep Rally, Home Coming, the Winter Concert, the Spring Concert, and the graduation ceremonies in May and June. Students are expected to attend rotating pullout lessons.

History of Rock and Roll

Grades 9-12

1 credit

This course explores the history of rock and roll from its beginning to the present.