Music & Vocal Courses


  • VOCAL MUSIC MALE / PERFORMANCE CHOIR            (8371-9371)     Grades 9-12             5 Credits

    Students will learn basic music theory, sight singing, and vocal techniques specific to the changing voices of the male. Students will explore the repertoire of the entire concert choir and will be expected to participate in all concert choir performances. In addition, they will explore the foundations of small ensemble work.


    VOCAL MUSIC FEMALE/ PERFORMANCE CHOIR      (8370-9371)      Grades 9-12            5 Credits

    Students will learn basic music theory, sight singing, and vocal techniques specific to the needs of the changing female voice. Students will explore the repertoire of the entire con­cert choir and will be expected to participate in all concert choir performances. In addi­tion, they will explore the foundations of small ensemble work.


    PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE          (9375)                                    Grades 9-12         5 Credits

    Percussion provides students with basic musical and technical skills on percussion instruments (drums and mallet instruments). Through a series of progressive studies, emphasis is focused on individual technique, music reading and musical interpretation. Students are prepared for percussion ensemble and concert band performances in the winter and spring. Instruments are provided. No experience is necessary.


    SYMPHONIC BAND                   (8376-9376)          Grades 9-12         5 Credits

    Symphonic Band provides beginning students with basic musical and technical skills on band instruments (brass, woodwind, and upright bass). Through a series of progressive studies, emphasis is focused on correct tone quality, individual technique, music reading, and musical interpretation. Students are prepared for orchestral ensemble performances in the winter and spring. Each student must provide his/her own instrument.  No experience is necessary.


    WIND ENSEMBLE                  (8377-9377)              Grades 9-12   5 Credits (Honors Credit)  

    Prerequisite: Symphonic Band and Audition

    Advanced Band (Wind Ensemble) provides students with advanced musical and technical skills on band instruments (brass, woodwind, and upright bass). Through a series of progressive studies, emphasis is focused on correct tone quality, individual technique, music reading, and musical interpretation. Students are prepared for orchestral ensemble performances in the winter and spring. Each student must provide his/her own instrument.  Ensemble will be selected by an audition in the preceding year.


    MUSIC THEORY I          (9380)                    Grade 10-12        5 Credits

    This course is designed for students who desire a more thorough understanding of music based on knowledge of the techniques and skills involved in its structure. The course will cover such topics as music note values, grand staff, key signatures, major and minor scales, intervals, rhythms, chord structure, modes, and harmonization.  Guitar Tablature is not covered in this course


    AP MUSIC THEORY      (9381)                    Grades 11 - 12    5 Credits     (AP)

    Prerequisite:

    • Music Theory I

    The AP Music Theory course corresponds to a 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. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is also part of the learning process. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music. Notational skills, speed and fluency with basic materials are emphasized. The course provides the student with a study of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic concepts. It includes the skills of sight singing, dictation, and writing traditional harmony utilizing traits in root position, 1st and 2nd inversion, secondary dominants, modulations, seventh, ninth chords, and cadences. Creative work and composition are encouraged.


    VOCAL MUSIC RECITAL HONORS       (9385)                    Grades  11-12     5 Credits  (Honors)

    Prerequisite:

    • Must be recommended by teacher.

    This class gives individuals the opportunity to develop their performance skills. They are given the opportunity to sing in small en­sembles as well as solo work.


    STRINGS                                             (9390)                    Grades 9-12         5 Credits

    The Strings program provides students with training in basic musical and technical skills on strings instruments (violin, viola, cello, upright bass). Through a series of progressive studies, emphasis is focused on correct tone quality, individual technique, music reading and musical interpretation.  Students are prepared for orchestral ensemble performances in the winter and spring. Each student must provide his/her own instrument.