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0904 Concert Band (Grades Taught:  9 - 10)
0913 Concert Band (Grades Taught: 11 - 12) 
(1 Credit)

Prerequisite: Previous/current enrollment in Concert Band and a teacher recommendation.

These courses are designed to develop the ensemble performing skills of brass, woodwind and percussion players. Elements of study within this course such as breath control, articulation, tone production, technical facility, melodic and rhythmic vocabularies, and sight reading will be conveyed through the performance of a wide range of symphonic band literature. All members of this ensemble are required to perform at all scheduled concerts, including; The Winter Concert, Spring Concert, and The NYSSMA Festival. Excused absences may be granted under extreme circumstances. With the exception of several larger instruments owned by the district, students are required to provide their own instruments for the concert band. Class participation is mandatory.

 

0915 Orchestra (Grades Taught:  9 - 10)
0907 Orchestra (Grades Taught: 11 - 12) 
(1 Credit)

Prerequisite: Previous/current enrollment in Orchestra and a teacher recommendation.

These courses are designed to develop the ensemble performing skill of students interested in playing orchestral string instruments. Music ranging in repertoire of Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods will be performed. All members of the orchestra are required to perform with the organization at all scheduled concerts, including; winter, spring, as well as the music and art festival. Students must provide their own instruments with the exception of several of the larger instruments owned by the district. Class participation is mandatory.

 

0908 Music Theory I 
(1 Credit)

Music Theory I presents the basic concepts and elements of music. The course will culminate with the basic knowledge of 4-part writing, voice-leading, counterpoint and harmonic progression. Extensive drill work as well as aural and written exercises will be included. Text, worksheets, lecture, keyboard, singing, listening and computer lab drill work will introduce each unit of study and be a part of daily assignments. Assignments may be administered in class as well as for homework. A minimum final grade of 85 is required to enroll in AP Music Theory II upon completion of this course.  Keyboard experience is helpful, but not necessary.

 

0911 Chorus (Grades Taught:  9 - 10)
0912 Chorus (Grades Taught: 11 - 12) 
(1 Credit)

Prerequisite: Previous/current enrollment in Chorus and a teacher recommendation or recommended by audition.

These courses are designed to develop choral singing skills and enhance vocal production. Elements of study include breathing techniques, guides to improve tone quality, choral articulation, warm-up exercises, sight-reading material, and rudimentary musical terminology.  A broad spectrum of choral literature will be offered.  All members of the chorus are required to participate in class rehearsals, attend weekly lessons, demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency of their vocal part, and perform with the organization at all scheduled performances and concerts.  Class participation is mandatory.

 

0920 AP Music Theory II 
(1 Credit - Advanced Placement)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music Theory I with a minimum final grade of 85 or better with a teacher recommendation.

This course builds on all concepts learned in Music Theory I and is designed to prepare college-bound students for degrees in music.  Mastery of skills taught in Music Theory I is required and will be assessed in a thorough summer assignment, due August 15th.  Emphasis will be on harmonic dictation and analysis, aural skills, sight-singing, and score analysis.  Simultaneous enrollment with 11/12 Chorus is highly recommended.  Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement examination in May, and a detailed study of music history will be included with the course.

Grades Taught: 11- 12          

 

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