Music Education

  • Applied Music

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Every Other Day All Year
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: Participation Fee
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Audition during January of the previous school year
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is open to all students who are members of at least one of the following ensembles:

     

    900DC - Concert Choir

    • This select ensemble provides students with learning and performance opportunities that focus on musical experiences within the choral media. Areas of emphasis will be comprehensive musicianship (including rhythmic drill, vocalization strategies, and theory concepts) and critical thinking (including listening, aural evaluation, and written response). Course standards are based on the National Standards for Music Education.
    • All singers participating in the choral program are auditioned for placement. Students are required to attend occasional after school rehearsals and all performances by the Concert Choir. Membership in Concert Choir will be based on audition results and traditional choral balance needs.

     

    900DG – Band

    • This select ensemble provides students with learning and performance opportunities that focus on musical experiences within the concert band and marching band media. Areas of emphasis will be comprehensive musicianship (including rhythmic drill, vocalization strategies, and theory concepts) and critical thinking (including listening, aural evaluation, and written response). Course standards are based on the National Standards for Music Education.
    • Students are required to attend  “Band Camp” the week of August 6th - 10th, 2018 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. In addition, one two-hour evening rehearsal per week during football season and all performances by the band require mandatory attendance.

     


    900DO - Orchestra

    • This select ensemble provides students with learning and performance opportunities that focus on higher-level musical experiences within the orchestral media. Areas of emphasis will be comprehensive musicianship (including rhythmic drill, vocalization strategies, and theory concepts) and critical thinking (including listening, aural evaluation, and written response). Course standards are based on the National Standards for Music Education.
    • All string players participate in Orchestra and are auditioned for placement in the appropriate section. Students are required to attend occasional after school rehearsals and all performances by the string and full orchestra. Membership in Orchestra is open to selected wind and percussion players and will be based on audition results and traditional instrumentation needs.


    905 – Music Theory - (Not available 2018-2019)

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Grades: 9-12 Pathways Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Every Other Day All Year
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed to give the student a complete understanding of the language of music. The elements of melody, rhythm, and harmony will be emphasized. Students will develop comprehensive musicianship through music listening, music analysis, and music composition. The course culminates in a final composition project that will be performed in the music lab. This is an excellent course for those students who are interested in pursuing music as a career.


    908 – Show Choir

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Every Other Day All year
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Audition is held for membership in January of the previous year. Students must also enroll in Concert Choir.
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is for students who are interested in advanced choral singing. Students Choir students must be members of the concert choir ensemble. Repertoire includes show tunes, jazz, popular styles, and madrigals. Students are expected to have solid skills in music reading, vocal projection, blend, and choreography and will work to extend and refine these skills. Students are required to attend occasional after school rehearsals and all performances by the Show Choir.


    915 – Keyboarding I

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester or Every Other Day All Year
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is for any student interested in learning to play the piano keyboard. The student will be introduced to the piano with an emphasis on playing basic keyboard music, reading pitches and rhythms, and playing with proper technique. Students will develop the ability to play music incorporating melody and harmony. This course is designed for beginners or those with very limited piano background.


    916 – Keyboarding II

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester or Every Other Day All Year
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Keyboarding I and/or permission of instructor
    • Course Description: This course is offered to the intermediate or advanced musician with significant keyboard experience. Students will learn to perform music for the piano and electronic keyboard. This will be an extension of Keyboarding I.


    919 – Electronic Music

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed for students interested in computer applications of music. Students will use the music lab equipment to modify and create digital audio. Students will learn the basics of computer music notation, digital editing and recording, basic sequencing, and will experience sound manipulation as used in video and audio production. Students may also briefly research the history and development of electronic music and may explore possible career paths in the field of electronic music.



    ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC EDUCATION COURSE

    911 – AP Music Theory

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Every Other Day All Year
    • Pathway: Arts & Communications
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.20
    • Syllabus
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Music Theory or Music Teacher Recommendation
    • Honors and Advance Criteria: Recommended minimum final average of 92% or higher in prerequisite
    • Course Description: This weighted course is designed for the serious musician who wants to master the fundamentals of the language of music. This course will prepare students for advanced music study at the college level and will give students musical skills, which can be applied to life-long adult participation in music. Course activities include review of music theory terms and concepts, composition, singing, music listening, and analysis. Upon successful completion of this course, students choosing to take the advanced placement exam, scoring three or above, may receive college credit from participating colleges and universities.
    • To find colleges and universities that offer credit or placement for AP scores see www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy