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Music History and Appreciation: Special Topic

(Bach to Rock)

The topic of the Music History class will be Bach to Rock.  This will be an inclusive study of classical composers through music of 2017. We will study lyric development. A majority of the course will be spent looking at music theory development within classical compositions and how those ideas are still employed in music today.

Advanced Chorus

Prerequisite: Intermediate Chorus.

Advanced Chorus is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Choral Music.  Students will develop musicianship and specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing.  This class includes the study of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature appropriate in difficulty and range for the students.  Chorus classes provide opportunities for performing, creating, and responding to music. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in performance of music.  Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.

Intermediate Chorus

This course provides students with opportunities to develop musicianship and specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing.  Activities include creating the development of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature that is appropriate in difficulty and range for the students.  This includes music performed at a Catholic Mass. Intermediate Chorus provides instruction in creating, performing, listening to and analyzing work, and critiquing in our own recorded music, in addition to focusing on the specific subject matter.  Students develop the ability to produce, arrange, write, and record a song of the class’s choosing. They will understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer to the audience.  A limited number of public performances will serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and music goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.

Instrumental Ensemble (Drumline)

Class size limit: 16

Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of chamber ensemble and solo literature, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains.  Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Once students attain a certain level of musicianship, they will be allowed to participate in a more difficult schedule with pep band and or pep sessions.

Intermediate Orchestra

Auditions with the Instructor are required.

This class is for the student who wishes to continue to play a Stringed instrument in an orchestra ensemble (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students will be required to obtain their own instrument.  You may contact the music department director for more information for an instrument. This is a year-long class. Students must know how to read music, play music and perform music with at least 2 years instruction. Private lessons outside of the school are highly encouraged. This is a performance-based curriculum. Grading is based on playing your instrument, keeping current on assignments and daily practice schedule outside of class. Time outside the normal school day will be required if performances are out of the school schedule. A limited number of public performances serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals set forth by the teacher. Students are required to participate in performances outside the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom. Students will be responsible for an assigned school performance uniform and must see to its upkeep. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals outside of the normal class day is a requirement. Grades are performance-based.

Beginning Orchestra

This class is for the student who wishes to play a stringed instrument in an orchestra ensemble (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students will be required to obtain their own instrument.  You may contact the music department director for more information for an instrument. This is a year-long class. Students will be taught how to read music, play music and perform music. This is a performance-based curriculum. Grading is based on playing your instrument, keeping current on assignments and daily practice schedule outside of class. Time outside the normal school day will be required if performances are out of the school schedule. A limited number of public performances serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals set forth by the teacher. Students are required to participate in performances outside the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom. Rehearsal schedules also include one day after school a week.

Advanced Concert Band

Prerequisite:  Intermediate Concert Band or comparable instrument study.

Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the concert band, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains.  Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop and build upon elements of musicianship including, but not limited to, tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, analyzing music and studying historically significant styles of music literature.  In addition, students perform, with expression and technical accuracy, a large and varied repertoire of concert band literature that is developmentally appropriate. Evaluation of music and music performances is included. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals.  Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom. Advanced students will be held to a higher standard of technical ability, musicianship and leadership.

Intermediate Concert Band

Prerequisite:  Beginning Concert Band or comparable instrument study.  Auditions with the Instructor may be necessary.

Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the concert band, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains.  Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop and build upon elements of musicianship including, but not limited to, tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, and analyzing music.  In addition, students perform, with expression and technical accuracy, a large and varied repertoire of concert band literature that is developmentally appropriate. Evaluation of music and music performances is included. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.

Beginning Concert Band

This course is a beginning approach to learning a band instrument. No experience is required. Instruction is designed to develop skills in all affective domains.  Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship including, but not limited to, tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, analyzing music and studying historically significant styles of music literature.  Once students attain a certain level of musicianship, they will be allowed to participate in a more difficult schedule with pep band. Time outside of school will be scheduled for performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals.  Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.

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