Music Department class offerings

  • AP Music Theory This course corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills, including dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony, are considered an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Students should be able to read and write musical notation, and it is strongly recommended that the student has acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument.

    Auxiliary Corps This course is designed only for majorettes, flag corps, dance, and others designated with the band director’s permission. Students must audition and be selected for this course

    Concert Band The Concert Band is a less experienced group than the Symphonic Band. It is composed of high school wind and percussion musicians. It will be balanced from the standpoint of instrumentation and members will play all types of music. Marching Band is included as a mandatory segment of Concert Band. Students must audition and be selected for this course

    Concert Choir This is a select choir for the most advanced singers. This course furthers the development of musicianship and develops more appreciation of the best in music through being a part of it. Students find joy in sharing music with others in class and through public appearances. The choir participates in concerts throughout the year, both in and out of school, and on radio and TV. Students must audition and be selected for this course.

    Mixed Choir This choir helps talented students learn to sing with proper voice techniques, become familiar with choral literature, and develop an understanding and appreciation of music. Performance at concerts during the year is an outgrowth of class work.

    Music Theory This course addresses, in depth, the more academic concepts of how music works. Introduction to studying pitch and rhythm, reading chords, melody, harmony, and basic form.

    Orchestra (String) The orchestra is open to students who play an orchestral string instrument. The orchestra performs during the school year for concerts and other school activities. This class contributes to the development of a student’s musicianship and promotes the appreciation of good music. Strings meet five times per week and receive one credit for the course.

    Orchestra (Wind) This orchestra is open to students who play woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The orchestra performs during the school year for concerts and other community activities. This class contributes to the development of the student’s musicianship and promotes the appreciation of good music. Students must audition and be selected for this course.

    Percussion Ensemble This course is designed for any percussion students who are either signed up for band or who choose to be in a music group other than band as an elective. Students will play a wide variety of music including cadences and ensembles. Instruments will be provided. Students must have a background in percussion playing with at least an eighth grade level of ability or the band director’s permission.

    Symphonic Band This band is a symphonic organization, which is composed of the most select high school wind and percussion musicians. It is a balanced band from the standpoint of instrumentation and will play all types of music. Marching Band is included as a mandatory segment of Symphonic Band. Students must audition and be selected for this course.

    Women’s Ensemble This choir helps talented women learn to sing with proper voice techniques, become familiar with choral literature, and develop an understanding and appreciation of music. Performance at concerts during the year is an outgrowth of class work.