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MU101 Acappella (Sem 1)
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

A Cappella Choir is a beginning level choir that focuses on basic vocal production and music reading skills. This choir helps to build character, self-confidence and problem solving skills. This course changes every semester, but tries to include sacred and secular music from various periods and styles. This class may be taken semester one, semester two, or both semesters.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts (i.e., note names, numbers, sol-feg) appropriate for their level of experience. Choir should achieve 50% – 60% accuracy
  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to the seven elements of music (melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and apply that knowledge to music in any key
  • Rehearse and perform major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras with a healthy vocal production, blend, balance, tone, intonation,and presentation
  • Analyze and critique choral music performances using proper vocal production and music elements as the standard
  • Sing in several languages and demonstrate an understanding of diction issues and proper pronunciation
  • Sing in three and four-part harmony with and without accompaniment while showing vocal independence by maintaining their vocal part in mixed position and in quartets with 60-70% accuracy
MU102 Acappella (Sem 2)
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

A Cappella Choir is a beginning level choir that focuses on basic vocal production and music reading skills. This choir helps to build character, self-confidence and problem solving skills. This course changes every semester, but tries to include sacred and secular music from various periods and styles. This class may be taken semester one, semester two, or both semesters.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts (i.e., note names, numbers, sol-feg) appropriate for their level of experience. Choir should achieve 50% – 60% accuracy
  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to the seven elements of music (melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and apply that knowledge to music in any key
  • Rehearse and perform major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras with a healthy vocal production, blend, balance, tone, intonation,and presentation
  • Analyze and critique choral music performances using proper vocal production and music elements as the standard
  • Sing in several languages and demonstrate an understanding of diction issues and proper pronunciation
  • Sing in three and four-part harmony with and without accompaniment while showing vocal independence by maintaining their vocal part in mixed position and in quartets with 60-70% accuracy
MU111 Treble Choir (Sem 1)
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

This choral ensemble is an intermediate women’s chorus that focuses on basic vocal production and music reading skills. It also helps build character, self-confidence and problem solving skills. This course changes every semester, but tries to include sacred and secular music from various periods and styles. This class may be taken semester one, semester two, or both semesters.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts (i.e., note names, numbers, sol-feg) appropriate for their level of experience. Treble Choir shall achieve 60% – 70% accuracy
  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to the seven elements of music (melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and apply that knowledge to music in any key
  • Rehearse and perform major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras with a healthy vocal production, blend, balance, tone, intonation,and presentation
  • Analyze and critique choral music performances using proper vocal production and music elements as the standard
  • Sing in several languages and demonstrate an understanding of diction issues and proper pronunciation
  • Sing in three and four-part harmony with and without accompaniment while showing vocal independence by maintaining their vocal part in mixed position and in quartets with 70-80% accuracy
Audition Required
MU112 Treble Choir (Sem 2)
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

This choral ensemble is an intermediate women’s chorus that focuses on basic vocal production and music reading skills. It also helps build character, self-confidence and problem solving skills. This course changes every semester, but tries to include sacred and secular music from various periods and styles. This class may be taken semester one, semester two, or both semesters.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts (i.e., note names, numbers, sol-feg) appropriate for their level of experience. Treble Choir shall achieve 60% – 70% accuracy
  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to the seven elements of music (melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and apply that knowledge to music in any key
  • Rehearse and perform major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras with a healthy vocal production, blend, balance, tone, intonation,and presentation
  • Analyze and critique choral music performances using proper vocal production and music elements as the standard
  • Sing in several languages and demonstrate an understanding of diction issues and proper pronunciation
  • Sing in three and four-part harmony with and without accompaniment while showing vocal independence by maintaining their vocal part in mixed position and in quartets with 70-80% accuracy
Audition Required.
MU420 Guitar Ensemble
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

Guitar Ensemble teaches students classical guitar pedagogy including note reading and chords. Students are expected to participate in selected rehearsals and performances outside of the school day. A schedule of assigned rehearsals/performances will be distributed at the beginning of the semester. Students will also complete written work involving the critique of music and basic music theory. This course is offered during Fall semester.

Outcomes:

  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures, historical eras, and musical genres
  • Perform with appropriate balance, intonation, tone quality, and stage presentation
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Understand and apply rhythm reading and note-reading concepts appropriate for the level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply their meaning in performance and written work
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and pedagogical exercises
  • Recognize appropriate tonality within individual parts and perform those parts with appropriate technique
  • Complete written analysis and critique of a variety of musical selections, performances, and musicians and share those documents electronically
MU421 Advanced Guitar Ensemble
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

Advanced Guitar Ensemble is a course designed for students who have completed Guitar Ensemble and would like to continue playing in a group guitar setting. The course includes the study of chords, scales, and both small and large group guitar literature. This course is offered during Spring semester.

  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures, historical eras, and musical genres
  • Perform with appropriate balance, intonation, tone quality, and stage presentation
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Understand and apply rhythm reading and note-reading concepts appropriate for the level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply their meaning in performance and written work
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and pedagogical exercises
  • Recognize appropriate tonality within individual parts and perform those parts with appropriate technique
  • Complete written analysis and critique of a variety of musical selections, performances, and musicians and share those documents electronically

MU420 Guitar Ensemble
OR
By audition

MU500 Marching/Symphonic Band
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

In Marching Band/Symphonic Band brass and woodwind students are involved in a comprehensive, balanced band program that includes concert, marching, and pep band performances. Students are also expected to participate in selected rehearsals and performances outside of the school day including a band camp in late July/early August and subsequent post-camp rehearsals in August. Marching Band/Symphonic Band members will combine with Percussion Ensemble members for performances, and a master calendar of these events is provided at the beginning of the school year for student planning purposes.

Each student also attends individual band lessons on a regular basis as part of their grade. Students attend lessons during study hall, before/after school, during lunch, or on a limited rotating basis out of other classes; lessons are scheduled jointly with the student and director.

In addition to the performance aspect of the class, students will complete written work involving the critique of music and basic music theory.

Major highlights of the course include: Performances at home football games, The Cornfest Parade, The Fall Pops Concert, and The Winter Concert with the DDHS Orchestra.

This course is offered during Fall semester.

Outcomes:

  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures, historical eras, and musical genres
  • Perform with appropriate balance, intonation, tone quality, and stage presentation
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Understand and apply rhythm reading and note-reading concepts appropriate for the level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply their meaning in performance and written work
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and pedagogical exercises
  • Recognize appropriate tonality within individual parts and perform those parts with appropriate technique
  • Complete written analysis and critique of a variety of musical selections, performances, and musicians and share those documents electronically

Audition or recommendation of previous instrumental music instructor.

Students taking this course should enroll in Concert Band or Symphonic Winds to continue band during Spring semester.
MU501 Chamber Choir (Sem 1)
10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

Chamber Choir is a high level mixed chorus of dedicated singers who have had previous music experience. Chamber Choir focuses on vocal production and music reading skills and also helps build character, self-confidence and problem solving skills. This choir may tour. This course changes every semester, but works to include sacred and secular music from various periods and styles. This class can be taken semester one, semester two, or both semesters, but both semesters is preferred.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts (i.e., note names, numbers, sol-feg) appropriate for their level of experience. Chamber Choir shall achieve 60% -70% accuracy
  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to the seven elements of music (melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and apply that knowledge to music in any key
  • Rehearse and perform major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras with a healthy vocal production, blend, balance, tone, intonation, and presentation
  • Analyze and critique choral music performances using proper vocal production and music elements as the standard
  • Sing in several languages and demonstrate an understanding of diction issues and proper pronunciation
  • Sing in four-part harmony with and without accompaniment while showing vocal independence by maintaining their vocal part in mixed position and in quartets with 70-80% accuracy
Audition required
MU502 Chamber Choir (Sem 2)
10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

Chamber Choir is a high level mixed chorus of dedicated singers who have had previous music experience. Chamber Choir focuses on vocal production and music reading skills and also helps build character, self-confidence and problem solving skills. This choir may tour. This course changes every semester, but works to include sacred and secular music from various periods and styles. This class can be taken semester one, semester two, or both semesters, but both semesters is preferred.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts (i.e., note names, numbers, sol-feg) appropriate for their level of experience. Chamber Choir shall achieve 60% -70% accuracy
  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to the seven elements of music (melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and apply that knowledge to music in any key
  • Rehearse and perform major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras with a healthy vocal production, blend, balance, tone, intonation, and presentation
  • Analyze and critique choral music performances using proper vocal production and music elements as the standard
  • Sing in several languages and demonstrate an understanding of diction issues and proper pronunciation
  • Sing in four-part harmony with and without accompaniment while showing vocal independence by maintaining their vocal part in mixed position and in quartets with 70-80% accuracy
Audition required
MU510 Percussion Ensemble
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

In Percussion Ensemble students are involved in a comprehensive, balanced band program that includes concert, marching, and pep band performances. Percussion Ensemble students will study marching percussion, snare drum technique, mallet technique, timpani and auxiliary percussion instruments, and world percussion instruments. Students are also expected to participate in selected rehearsals and performances outside of the school day including a band camp in late July/early August and subsequent post-camp rehearsals in August. Marching Band/Symphonic Band members will combine with Percussion Ensemble members for performances, and a master calendar of these events is provided at the beginning of the school year for student planning purposes.

Each student also attends individual band lessons on a regular basis as part of their grade. Students attend lessons during study hall, before/after school, during lunch, or on a limited rotating basis out of other classes; lessons are scheduled jointly with the student and director.

In addition to the performance aspect of the class, students will complete written work involving the critique of music and basic music theory.

Major highlights of the course include: Performances at home football games, The Cornfest Parade, The Fall Pops Concert, and The Winter Concert with the DDHS Orchestra.

This course is offered during Fall Semester.

Outcomes:

  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures, historical eras, and musical genres
  • Perform with appropriate balance, intonation, tone quality, and stage presentation
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Understand and apply rhythm reading and note-reading concepts appropriate for the level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply their meaning in performance and written work
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and pedagogical exercises
  • Recognize appropriate tonality within individual parts and perform those parts with appropriate technique
  • Complete written analysis and critique of a variety of musical selections, performances, and musicians and share those documents electronically

Audition or recommendation of previous instrumental music instructor.

Students taking this course should enroll in Concert Band or Symphonic Winds to continue band during Spring semester
MU530 Concert Band
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

In Concert Band, students are involved in a comprehensive, balanced band program that includes concert band, solo & ensemble, parade marching, and pep band performances.  Students are expected to participate in selected rehearsals and performances outside of the school day. A master calendar of these required events is provided at the beginning of the school year for student planning purposes.

Each student also attends individual band lessons on a regular basis as part of their grade. Students attend lessons during study hall, before/after school, during lunch, or on a limited rotating basis out of other classes; lessons are scheduled jointly with the student and director.

In addition to the performance aspect of the class, students will complete written work involving the critique of music and basic music theory.

Major highlights of the course include: Solo & Ensemble Festival, The Spring Awards Concert, and the Memorial Day parade.

This course is offered during Spring semester.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand and apply rhythm-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply their meaning to performance and in written work in relationship to the seven elements of music (melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and be able to apply that knowledge to music in any key or mode
  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras
  • Perform with appropriate balance, tone and presentation (stage presence/professionalism)
  • Participate in structured rehearsal, demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Perform with appropriate technique and playing position for their instrument(s) in 8 of the 12 major scales, and throughout the full range of their instrument
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and exercises (minimally: slur, staccato, accent, marcato, tenuto)
  • Complete written analysis of a variety of musical selections, performances and musicians
Audition or recommendation of previous instrumental music instructor.
MU541 Jazz Lab
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

The purpose of Jazz Lab is to develop performance skills within the jazz idiom to explore the world of jazz regardless of ability or instrument. Students will study and learn about jazz history, music theory, style, and vocabulary, and they will learn how to improvise and play various styles of jazz in a nurturing learning environment. Students are expected to participate in selected rehearsals and performances outside of the school day, including Marching Band and Pep Band performances and rehearsals. Additional opportunities to perform in the community may occur as well. A master calendar of these required events is provided at the beginning of the school year for student planning purposes.

In addition to the performance aspect of the class, students may complete written work, listening exercises, and reading for the course.

This class may be taken during Fall semester, Spring semester, or both semesters, however it is highly recommended that the class be taken for both semesters due to performance commitments throughout the year.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand and apply rhythm-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply their meaning to performance and in written work in relationship to the seven elements of music (melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major, minor, mixolydian, dorian, and blues/pentatonic scales and modes (whole and half steps) and be able to apply that knowledge to music in any key or mode
  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras
  • Perform with appropriate balance, tone and presentation (stage presence/professionalism)
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musicianês role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Perform with appropriate technique and playing position for their instrument(s) in 8 out of 12 major and blues scales, dorian and mixolydian modes, and do so throughout the full range of their instrument
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and exercises. Specifically understand and apply how these articulations differ between symphonic and jazz performance. (minimally: slur, staccato, accent, marcato, tenuto)
  • Complete written analysis of a variety of musical selections, performances and musicians
  • Improvise original melodies in variety of styles, and in several keys, over standard chord progressions in the jazz idiom, and do so with a consistent style, meter, and tonality. (example of progressions, 12 Bar Blues, 32 Bar Rhythm Changes, Modal Progressions, etc)
Audition or recommendation of previous instrumental music instructor.
MU550 Orchestra
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Prior string experience or teacher approval. Orchestra introduces students to string ensemble and orchestral literature of different composers, periods and styles. Music from the Renaissance to the present will be studied. Students are required to attend individual or small group lessons unless they receive professional private lessons. Attendance at scheduled concerts is required. Students will also prepare solo and ensembles for performance in the Spring.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to performance
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and be able to apply that knowledge to music in any key or mode
  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras
  • Perform with appropriate balance, tone and presentation (stage presence/’professionalism’)
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Perform with appropriate technique and playing position for their instrument/voice
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and exercises (minimally: detache, slur, staccato, hooked staccato, tremolo, accent, portato, marcato, spiccato)
  • Master 1st and 3rd position and explore an array of other left hand positions
  • Complete a written record of their progress on assignments (lesson logs)

If you take this course, you must also take MU550-S2 – Orchestra S2

Prior string experience or teacher approval.
MU590 Lydian Choir
10, 11, 12
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Audition Required Lydian Choir is a mixed chorus of the most dedicated singers who have had previous music experience. This choir tours with the Chamber Choir every four years. This class will focus on Madrigals and Vocal Jazz. This choir will require additional out of class work and in-class leadership. This choir performs both secular and sacred music. This class must be taken both semesters.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts (i.e., note names, numbers, sol-feg) appropriate for their level of experience. Lydian Choir shall achieve 80% – 90% accuracy
  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to the seven elements of music (Melody, Rhythm, Texture, Harmony, Expression, Form, and Timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and apply that knowledge to music in any key
  • Rehearse and perform major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras with a healthy vocal production, blend, balance, tone, intonation, and presentation
  • Analyze and critique choral music performances using proper vocal production and music elements as the standard
  • Sing in several languages and demonstrate an understanding of diction issues and proper pronunciation
  • Sing in four-part harmony with and without accompaniment while showing vocal independence by maintaining their vocal part in mixed position and in quartets with 80-90% accuracy and 85-95% accuracy for accelerated Lydian

If you take this course, you must also take MU590-S2 – Lydian Choir S2

Audition required
MU600 Lydian Choir – A
10
Accelerated
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Audition Required Lydian Choir is a mixed chorus of the most dedicated singers who have had previous music experience. This choir tours with the Chamber Choir every four years. This class will focus on Madrigals and Vocal Jazz. This choir will require additional out of class work and in-class leadership. This choir performs both secular and sacred music. This class must be taken both semesters.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts (i.e., note names, numbers, sol-feg) appropriate for their level of experience. Lydian Choir shall achieve 80% – 90% accuracy
  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to the seven elements of music (Melody, Rhythm, Texture, Harmony, Expression, Form, and Timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and apply that knowledge to music in any key
  • Rehearse and perform major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras with a healthy vocal production, blend, balance, tone, intonation, and presentation
  • Analyze and critique choral music performances using proper vocal production and music elements as the standard
  • Sing in several languages and demonstrate an understanding of diction issues and proper pronunciation
  • Sing in four-part harmony with and without accompaniment while showing vocal independence by maintaining their vocal part in mixed position and in quartets with 80-90% accuracy and 85-95% accuracy for accelerated Lydian

If you take this course, you must also take MU590-S2 – Lydian Choir S2

Audition required. This choir will require additional out of class work.
MU630 Symphonic Winds
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

In Symphonic Winds, students are involved in a comprehensive, balanced band program that includes advanced concert band, solo & ensemble, parade marching, and pep band performances.  Students are expected to participate in selected rehearsals and performances outside of the school day. A master calendar of these required events is provided at the beginning of the school year for student planning purposes.

Each student also attends individual band lessons on a regular basis as part of their grade. Students attend lessons during study hall, before/after school, during lunch, or on a limited rotating basis out of other classes; lessons are scheduled jointly with the student and director.

In addition to the performance aspect of the class, students will complete written work involving the critique of music and basic music theory.

Major highlights of the course include: Solo & Ensemble Festival, The Spring Awards Concert, and the Memorial Day parade.

This course is offered during Spring semester.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand and apply rhythm-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply their meaning to performance and in written work in relationship to the seven elements of music (melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and be able to apply that knowledge to music in any key or mode
  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras
  • Perform with appropriate balance, tone and presentation (stage presence/professionalism)
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Perform with appropriate technique and playing position for their instrument(s) in all of the twelve major scales, and throughout the full range of their instrument
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and exercises (minimally: slur, staccato, accent, marcato, tenuto)
  • Complete written analysis of a variety of musical selections, performances and musicians
Audition or recommendation of previous instrumental music instructor.
MU640 Jazz Ensemble
10, 11, 12
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both Fall and Spring semesters. Entrance into this ensemble is by audition or invitation of Mr. Stark only, and is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Members study and perform advanced jazz ensemble literature, jazz history, music theory, style, and vocabulary. The ability to improvise, and a desire to learn how to improvise, is highly encourage for participation in this course. Students are expected to participate in selected rehearsals and performances outside of the school day, including Marching Band and Pep Band performances and rehearsals. Additional opportunities to perform in the community may occur as well. A master calendar of these required events is provided at the beginning of the school year for student planning purposes.

In addition to the performance aspect of the class, students may complete written work, listening exercises, and reading for the course.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand and apply rhythm-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply their meaning to performance and in written work in relationship to the seven elements of music(melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major, minor, mixolydian, dorian, diminished, half-diminished, whole tone, and blues/pentatonic scales and modes (whole and half steps) and be able to apply that knowledge to music in any key or mode
  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras
  • Perform with appropriate balance, tone and presentation (stage presence/professionalism)
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Perform with appropriate technique and playing position for their instrument(s) in all 12 major and blues scales, dorian and mixolydian modes, and do so throughout the full range of their instrument
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and exercises. Specifically understand and apply how these articulations differ between symphonic and jazz performance. (minimally: slur, staccato, accent, marcato, tenuto)
  • Complete written analysis of a variety of musical selections, performances and musicians
  • Improvise original melodies in variety of styles, and in any key, over standard chord progressions in the jazz idiom, and do so with a consistent style, meter, and tonality. (example of progressions, 12 bar blues, 32 bar rhythm changes, modal progressions, etc)
Audition or invitation by Mr. Stark
MU690 History of Rock n’ Roll
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
0.5

The History of Rock n’ Roll is a non-performance music course that explores the development of Rock n’ Roll from the early 20th century through the present. Students will explore genres such as the blues, jazz, country, early Rock n’ Roll, R&B and Motown, psychedelic rock, hard rock, disco, punk, new wave, hip/hop and rap, metal alternative rock, electronica, and current Rock trends by listening to musical selections and viewing videos of performances and biographical films. Students will complete listening journals and research projects on artists from the genres studied.

Outcomes:

  • Listen to the music of artists from various genres of Rock n’ Roll
  • Explore the lives of artists from various genres of Rock n’ Roll
  • Write about and critique music from different genres of Rock n’ Roll
  • Identify characteristics that define different genres of Rock n’ Roll by listening to and analyzing musical examples
  • Write research papers about artists from various genres of Rock n’ Roll and share/present them electronically
MU700 Symphonic Winds – A
9, 10, 11, 12
Accelerated
0.5

In Symphonic Winds A, students are involved in a comprehensive, balanced band program that includes advanced concert band, solo & ensemble, parade marching, and pep band performances.  Students are expected to participate in selected rehearsals and performances outside of the school day. A master calendar of these required events is provided at the beginning of the school year for student planning purposes.

Each student also attends individual band lessons on a regular basis as part of their grade. Students attend lessons during study hall, before/after school, during lunch, or on a limited rotating basis out of other classes; lessons are scheduled jointly with the student and director.

In addition to the performance aspect of the class, students will complete written work involving the critique of music and basic music theory.

Major highlights of the course include: Solo & Ensemble Festival, The Spring Awards Concert, and the Memorial Day parade.

This course is offered during Spring semester.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand and apply rhythm-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply their meaning to performance and in written work in relationship to the seven elements of music (melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and be able to apply that knowledge to music in any key or mode
  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras
  • Perform with appropriate balance, tone and presentation (stage presence/professionalism)
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Perform with appropriate technique and playing position for their instrument(s) in all of the twelve major scales, and throughout the full range of their instrument
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and exercises (minimally: slur, staccato, accent, marcato, tenuto)
  • Complete written analysis of a variety of musical selections, performances and musicians
Audition or recommendation of previous instrumental music instructor.
MU740 Jazz Ensemble – A
10
Accelerated
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both Fall and Spring semesters. Entrance into this ensemble is by audition or invitation of Mr. Stark only, and is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Members study and perform advanced jazz ensemble literature, jazz history, music theory, style, and vocabulary. The ability to improvise, and a desire to learn how to improvise, is highly encourage for participation in this course. Students are expected to participate in selected rehearsals and performances outside of the school day, including Marching Band and Pep Band performances and rehearsals. Additional opportunities to perform in the community may occur as well. A master calendar of these required events is provided at the beginning of the school year for student planning purposes.

In addition to the performance aspect of the class, students may complete written work, listening exercises, and reading for the course.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand and apply rhythm-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply their meaning to performance and in written work in relationship to the seven elements of music(melody, rhythm, texture, harmony, expression, form, and timbre)
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major, minor, mixolydian, dorian, diminished, half-diminished, whole tone, and blues/pentatonic scales and modes (whole and half steps) and be able to apply that knowledge to music in any key or mode
  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras
  • Perform with appropriate balance, tone and presentation (stage presence/professionalism)
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Perform with appropriate technique and playing position for their instrument(s) in all 12 major and blues scales, dorian and mixolydian modes, and do so throughout the full range of their instrument
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and exercises. Specifically understand and apply how these articulations differ between symphonic and jazz performance. (minimally: slur, staccato, accent, marcato, tenuto)
  • Complete written analysis of a variety of musical selections, performances and musicians
  • Improvise original melodies in variety of styles, and in any key, over standard chord progressions in the jazz idiom, and do so with a consistent style, meter, and tonality. (example of progressions, 12 bar blues, 32 bar rhythm changes, modal progressions, etc)

If you take this course, you must also take MU740-S2 – Jazz Ensemble A

Audition or invitation by Mr. Stark
MU750 Orchestra – A
11, 12
Accelerated
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Prior string experience or teacher approval.Orchestra introduces students to string ensemble and orchestral literature of different composers, periods and styles. Music from the Renaissance to the present will be studied. Students are required to attend individual or small group lessons unless they receive professional private lessons. Attendance at scheduled concerts is required. Students will also prepare solo and ensembles for performance in the Spring.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand a music vocabulary and apply their meaning to performance
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and be able to apply that knowledge to music in any key or mode
  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras
  • Perform with appropriate balance, tone and presentation (stage presence/””professionalism””)
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Perform with appropriate technique and playing position for their instrument/voice
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and exercises (minimally: detache, slur, staccato, hooked staccato, tremolo, accent, portato, marcato, spiccato)
  • Master 1st and 3rd position and explore an array of other left hand positions
  • Complete a written record of their progress on assignments (lesson logs)

If you take this course, you must also take MU750-S2 – Orchestra – A S2

Prior string experience or teacher approval.
MU755 String Ensemble
9, 10, 11, 12
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2.

String Ensemble is a performance ensemble for students:

  • Wishing to begin study on violin, viola, cello, or double bass.
  • Students may have no experience with instrumental music or already play in Orchestra or Band, but want to study a secondary instrument;
  • Who currently play guitar or piano and want to be part of an ensemble, but are not ready for Orchestra or Jazz Band and need to improve note reading and ensemble skills;
  • Currently play violin, viola, cello or bass and want to continue but are not ready for more challenging high school music or cannot fit the commitments of Orchestra (auditions, competitions, many concerts, etc) into their busy schedules.

Students will:

  • Become better note readers;
  • Practice many drills and exercises to improve facility;
  • Work as a group and individually;
  • Have a performance requirement each quarter.

Outcomes:

  • Understand and apply note-reading concepts appropriate for their level of experience
  • Understand extensive music vocabulary and apply meaning to performance and in written work
  • Understand the relationship of pitches within major and minor scales (whole and half steps) and be able to apply that knowledge to music in any key or mode
  • Experience, in rehearsal and performance, major works by master composers of various cultures and historical eras
  • Perform with appropriate balance, tone and presentation (stage presence/””professionalism””)
  • Participate in a structured rehearsal demonstrating understanding of each musician’s role and expectations within the rehearsal
  • Perform with appropriate technique and playing position for their instrument and master 1st and 3rd position and explore an array of other left hand positions
  • Understand and apply a vast array of articulations within music and exercises (minimally: detache, slur, staccato, hooked staccato, temolo, accent, portato, marcato, spiccato)
  • Complete written analysis of a variety of musical selections, performances and musicians
  • Complete a written record of their progress on assignments (lesson logs)

If you take this course, you must also take MU755-S2 – String Ensemble S2

Audition Required.
MU790 AP Music Theory
10, 11, 12
Advanced Placement
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. College Advanced Program The purpose of AP Music Theory is to give serious music students a sound foundation in music fundamentals. This course is intended for preparation for the Advanced Placement test in Music Theory. Students receive training in melodic and harmonic dictation, harmonization, basic piano skills, music history and transposition. Students will experience working with midi-technology using computers. Students are encouraged to take the AP exam in May.

Outcomes:

  • Arrange a melody for 3 and 4 voice chorus demonstrating command of the rules of voice leading
  • Analyze music for harmonic chord progression and form
  • Realize harmonic chord progression with proper voice leading
  • Compose music for a string quartet and for an ensemble of their choice -Identify aurally intervals, chord quality, and scales
  • Dictate simple melodies with four listening with 70%-100% accuracy
  • Know and apply music history as it pertains to the development and evolution of music theory

If you take this course, you must also take MU790-S2 – AP Music Theory S2