Music

BAND 9 - Elective 9 - 1 credit

Band 9 is a concert band comprised of students in the 9th grade and rehearses every school day. Members are admitted when their playing proficiency allows them to function effectively within the group. Participation in the Pep Band and Marching Band are also a requisite part of membership in Band 9. The grade received in this ensemble counts toward the student’s GPA. Band 9 performs most concerts outside of the regular class day and the performances comprise a large portion of each student’s grade.

CONCERT BAND - Grades 10-12 - 1 credit

The Concert Band consists of members from grades 10-12 and rehearses every school day. Members are admitted when their playing proficiency allows them to function effectively within the group. This grade counts toward the student’s GPA. Participation in the Pep Band and Marching Band are also a requisite part of membership in the Concert band. This band performs its concerts outside the regular class day and the performances comprise a large portion of each student’s grade.

WIND ENSEMBLE - Grades 10-12 Audition Only - 1 credit

The Wind Ensemble is an upper level concert band and rehearses every school day. The band is comprised of students in grades 10-12 and membership is attained via the audition process. Participation in the Pep Band and Marching Band are a requisite part of membership in the Wind Ensemble. The grade received counts toward the student’s GPA. The Wind Ensemble performs most concerts outside of the regular class day and the performances comprise a large portion of each student’s grade.

PRIVATE INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS - Voluntary - no credit

Students have the opportunity to take free instrumental lessons. Private lessons are a great way to prepare for auditions, solos, ensembles and music from band class.

JAZZ BAND - Voluntary - no credit

Musicians who wish to engage in additional band experiences may want to participate in Jazz Band. It requires musicians of high technical proficiency, and audition standards are set up. The Jazz Band studies jazz and jazz–rock music.

ORCHESTRA - Elective 9–12 - 1 credit

The orchestra consists of members from grades nine through twelve. Members are admitted when their playing proficiency allows them to function effectively within the group. String students in grades 9-12 rehearse together five hours a week for one credit. This grade counts toward their GPA. String members of the orchestra have the opportunity to perform solos and in smaller ensembles as well. This group participates in the State Orchestra Festival, instrumental contest, and All State Orchestra.

CONCERT CHOIR - Elective 10–12 - 1 credit

Choir rehearses five times each week and members receive 1 credit for their participation in the group. The grade received counts toward their GPA. The Concert Choir is actively involved in providing music for concerts, special school events and civic functions. A fundamental techniques course of study is followed with testing each nine weeks – the results make up part of the nine weeks grade received in choir.

CHOIR 9 - Elective 9 - 1 credit

Choir rehearses five times each week and members receive 1 credit for their participation in the group. The grade received counts toward their GPA. The Choir is actively involved in providing music for concerts, special school events and civic functions. A fundamental techniques course of study is followed with testing each nine weeks – the results make up part of the nine weeks grade.

SHOW CHOIR - Audition Only- no credit

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in Concert Choir
This group meets Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 am. They perform pop and show tunes with choreography. They perform for competition and for many community events.

VOCAL JAZZ - Audition Only- no credit


Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in Concert Choir
Vocal Jazz meets Monday and Wednesday at 2:15 pm. They perform for competition and for many community events. Their focus is to study jazz and techniques.

MUSIC THEORY - 11 - 12 - 1/2 credit

Music Theory is a year-long class that meets twice a week during 8th hour with an additional one hour per week computer time required. Students enrolled in the class should be able to read music notation. Students will work with notation, chord structures and composition.

PRIVATE VOCAL LESSONS/ENSEMBLES/POP GROUP––Voluntary - no credit

Students have the opportunity to take free voice lessons, participate in an ensemble of their choosing or form a "POP" group which can be expanded to include choreography. All opportunities for extra participation meet once each week with the choral director. Participation in Honor Groups and District and State Festivals is encouraged.

INTRODUCTION TO GUITAR & WORLD MUSIC - 9-12 - 1/2 credit

Meets two days a week and one additional day of independent study. (Student will be enrolled in study hall for the additional two days.) This is a hands on class designed for any student who is interested in learning beginning guitar. No experience is necessary. Students will practice as a class on guitar. Students will work within a classroom setting two days a week. Each student will be assigned to 1 day a week in the practice room to improve their individual skills and develop muscle memory. Students will learn to read musical notation, learn chords and strumming patterns. The class will be exposed to a variety of musical styles from around the world. Guitars will be provided for class use.