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2019-20High School Course Selection Guide


HONORS JAZZ BAND (9, 10, 11, 12)


This ensemble specializes in advanced jazz literature and provides the more talented jazz instrumentalists an opportunity to perform advanced music in the style of influential jazz pioneers. The focus of this ensemble is to develop and refine the skills of advanced jazz performers. Music selections such as: Blues, Swing, Latin, Fusion and Rock may be included in the Jazz Band’s repertoire. A high ability level of improvisation should be demonstrated. Home practice is essential.


.4 CREDIT


Prerequisites: High command of a jazz band instrument meeting curriculum requirements and successful audition by the director and appropriate instrumentation for Jazz Ensemble music (one person to a part). Student must participate in Concert Band or Honors Wind Ensemble to become a member of Honors Jazz Band (exceptions are piano, guitar or bass students).


STRING ORCHESTRA (9, 10, 11, 12) Neutrally Weighted


.6 CREDIT


Open to string students who demonstrate a reasonable proficiency on their instrument, students enhance their technical and listening skills and learn the importance of teamwork. Small Group Instruction (SGI) is required and scheduled on a rotating basis. Home practice is essential.


Prerequisites: Basic command of a string instrument meeting high school curriculum requirements, and recommendation by the middle school orchestra director.


HONORS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (9, 10, 11, 12)


This ensemble prepares and performs advanced repertoire with emphasis placed on individual musicianship. Students are presented with the opportunity to study varied genres of musical literature at an accelerated level. Small Group Instruction (SGI) attendance, on a rotating basis during school hours, is expected. Home practice is essential.


.4 CREDIT


Prerequisite: Students must participate in String Orchestra. High command of their respective instrument and high school curriculum are required. Eligibility is determined by audition with the orchestra director.


MIXED CHOIR (9, 10, 11, 12)


Neutrally Weighted .4 CREDIT


Mixed Choir is a performance ensemble open to ALL students, grades 9-12, regardless of experience. No audition is necessary. In Mixed Choir you will be able to learn about singing in various vocal parts and perform music from different time periods and cultures. Mixed Choir will perform in school concerts throughout the year in addition to classroom based performances.


HONORS CONCERT CHOIR (9, 10, 11, 12)


Concert Choir performs standard choral literature with instructional emphasis placed on the classics. Students are selected by audition in the spring. Participation in the winter and spring concerts is required. Students are encouraged to audition for District Chorus and the Spring Musical. Small Group Instruction (SGI) is scheduled on a


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rotating basis during the school day. Prerequisites: Freshmen are required to have a recommendation from the Middle School Choral Director. All students must have a successful audition


with the High School Choral Director. HONORS CHAMBER CHOIR (10, 11, 12)


Chamber Choir specializes in the performance of a cappella music, music for small ensembles, advanced choral literature, and music which suggests staging. Besides participating in annual concerts,


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this choir frequently performs at community events. Students are encouraged to audition for District Chorus and the school Musical. Rehearsals for these activities are scheduled after school. Group lessons are scheduled on a rotating basis during the school day. This


group is chosen by audition from advanced singers in Concert Choir. Prerequisites: Students must participate in Concert Choir Honors. Students must have a successful audition with the High School Choral Director.


CHOIR OPTIONS* (9, 10, 11, 12)


Designed for students who want to take a specific choir class for partial credit due to scheduling conflicts. Students must choose the choir in which they wish to enroll and receive the permission of BOTH the choral director and their guidance counselor. This is NOT an independent study arrangement. Credit is determined on the number of days per week the student is enrolled in class. *Since this course is based on availability and room within a student’s schedule, this course may be selected only after the school year begins.


VARIABLE CREDIT CURRICULAR MUSIC CLASSES


MUSICAL KEYBOARD 1 (9, 10, 11, 12)


Neutrally Weighted .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


This semester course provides beginning instruction on the electronic piano keyboard in a laboratory setting. An independent study approach is used to allow each student to proceed at his/her own pace. Additional practice on keyboard instruments at home or in school is encouraged. This course is a pre-requisite for AP Music Theory, where students have the opportunity to earn college credit.


MUSICAL KEYBOARD 2 (9, 10, 11, 12)


Neutrally Weighted .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


This semester course provides instruction to the student who has completed Musical Keyboard I or can demonstrate facility at the piano keyboard. An independent study approach will be used to allow each student to proceed at his/her own pace.


Students will continue work started in Keyboard I.


MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 1 & 2 (9, 10, 11, 12)


Neutrally Weighted .4 CREDIT


This semester course combines the study of music fundamentals and music listening skills concepts. Music Technology II provides the students expanded opportunities to investigate the relationship between technology and the music discipline.


MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION 1 (9, 10, 11, 12)


Neutrally Weighted .5 CREDIT


This is a semester course that will introduce students to the basic foundations learning the basic foundations of music and music composition while developing skills in aurals, sight-singing, and musical dictation. Topics include melody, harmony, keyboarding, and part writing. A music background in vocal or instrumental study is recommended. This course is a pre-requisite for AP Music Theory, where students have the opportunity to earn college credit.


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