Course Title Prerequisite Credit Grades Offered Course Fee
Concert Band Yes 1.0 9 - 12 Yes
Concert Band Honors Yes 1.0 9 - 12 Yes
Concert Choir None 1.0 9 - 12 Yes
Treble Choir Honors Yes 1.0 9 - 12 Yes
Mixed Choir Honors Yes 1.0 9 - 12 Yes
Guitar I None 0.5 9 - 12 No
Guitar II None 0.5 9 - 12 No
String Ensemble Yes 1.0 9 - 12 Yes
Survey of Pop Music None 0.5 9 - 12 No
Music Theory I None 0.5 9 - 12 No
Music Theory II Yes 0.5 9 - 12 No
Advanced Placement Music Theory Yes 1.0 10-12 No

This two‐semester course is designed for instrumentalists focusing on defining a fundamental skill set. The course emphasizes the refinement of performance techniques and interpretive skills while moderate levels of music of diverse styles and historical periods is rehearsed and performed. Performance opportunities provide students with a comprehensive musical experience. Units in the curriculum include marching band, preparation for the winter concert, pep band, solo and ensemble contest, and preparation for the spring concert and graduation performances. The marching band portion of the curriculum includes performances at competitions, local parades, and home football games. Pep band performances are held at varsity home basketball games and school assemblies. Other performance opportunities include the winter and spring concerts, district festivals, performances at local schools, community functions and competitions. The above activities may vary from year to year. This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00 Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $70 $80 for concert apparel. In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by audition and/or recommendation

Grades offered: 9‐12

This two‐semester course is designed for instrumentalists focusing on refining an advanced skill set. The continued refinement of performance techniques and interpretive skills is emphasized while advanced levels of music of diverse styles and historical periods is rehearsed and performed. Performance opportunities provide students with a comprehensive musical experience. Units in the curriculum include marching band, preparation for the winter concert, pep band, solo and ensemble contest, organizational contest, and preparation for the spring concert and graduation performances. The marching band portion of the curriculum includes performances at competitions, local parades, and home football games. Pep band performances are held at varsity home basketball games and school assemblies. Other performance opportunities include the winter and spring concerts, district festivals, performances at local schools, community functions and competitions. Students in this honors level band course are also required to complete a project and a portfolio which draw upon their personal musical strengths and experiences. The above activities may vary from year to year. This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00 Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $70‐$80 for concert apparel. In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by audition and/or recommendation

Grades offered: 9-12

This two-semester course is open to all students.  Emphasis is placed on furthering a student’s development in sight reading and ear training techniques as well as the study of proper vocal singing technique.  Students are expected to sing with proper articulation, tone quality, intonation, breath support and musicianship.  They will create meaningful connections to the music studied and engage in a number of activities, including fall, winter and spring concerts, competitions, and community performances.  The above activities may vary from year to year.  This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00 Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost ranging from $70 - $80 for concert apparel.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  None

Grades offered: 9-12

This two-semester course is open to students through an additional audition with the choral director.  This is an advanced course, exploring a diverse repertoire of music written for soprano and alto voices, in which students receive honors credit upon completion of a project portfolio.  This portfolio will draw on each member’s individual strengths and experiences.  Students in this program are expected to complete this work in addition to the performance and participation requirements for Concert Choir.  This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00  Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost ranging from $70 - $80 for concert apparel.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  Concert Choir, placement by audition and/or recommendation

 

Grades offered:  9-12

This two-semester course is open to students through an additional audition with the choral director.  This is an advanced course, exploring a diverse repertoire of music written for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices, in which students receive honors credit upon completion of a project portfolio.  This portfolio will draw on each member’s individual strengths and experiences.  Students in this program are expected to complete this work in addition to the performance and participation requirements for Concert Choir.  This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Course Fee: $25.00 Payable each semester directly to the district

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost ranging from $70 - $80 for concert apparel.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Concert Choir, placement by audition and/or recommendation

 

Grades offered: 9-12

This one-semester course will introduce the basics of the guitar.  Students will learn basic music theory as it applies to learning the instrument, as well as tuning, melody playing, chords, rhythm patterns and beginning performance.  Students will make connections by participating together in ensembles.  Students will use school guitars in class, but having their own at home for practice would be helpful.

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost of $15 for book and guitar picks.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None

 

Grades offered: 9-12

This one-semester course is a continuation of Guitar I.  Students will add to their skills in playing and reading chords, notes, tuning, melody playing, rhythm patterns performance and tablature.  Students will develop confidence and draw on their personal strengths in playing.  Students will use school guitars in class, but having their own at home for practice would be helpful.

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost of $15 for book and guitar picks.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Guitar I.  Prerequisite may be waived subject to teacher recommendation and student experience.

 

Grades offered: 9-12

This two-semester course is designed to further students’ musical development in string instrument performance.  Multiple levels of literature for string quartet and string orchestra are studied along with proper articulation, tone quality, intonation, bowing technique, and musicianship. Activities of String Ensemble include fall, winter, spring concerts and contests.

Course Fee: $25.00

Prerequisite: Prior string performance experience or placement by recommendation 

 

Grades offered: 9-12

This one-semester course is designed to give students an appreciation for how popular music has evolved, from jazz and Broadway to rock, hip hop, country and other contemporary pop music styles.  Students will engage in projects that will investigate how pop music throughout history has reflected and influenced social, religious, political and historical trends. This is a class for which no previous musical background is needed other than a passion for music and a willingness to pursue knowledge in many musical genres.                                                                                                                               Prerequisite:  None                                                                                                                                   Grades offered: 9-12

This one-semester course provides students with the knowledge of how music is constructed and composed.  The basis of musical notation and composition skills is examined.  These concepts are learned through challenging tasks involving musical notation and recognition, construction of the various major and minor scales, elementary chord construction and progression, and basic composition of melodies and accompaniments.  

Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost of $30 for the class workbook. In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  None

Grades offered: 9-12

This one-semester course is a continuation of Music Theory I, focusing on form and analysis, four part harmonization, and compositional techniques. The coursework is more challenging, allowing students to work to their individual strengths in music theory.   Ancillary Fees:  There is an approximate cost of $30 for the class workbook. In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  Music Theory I

Grades offered: 9-12

This two-semester course is designed to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score.  The achievement of these goals may be best approached by initially addressing fundamental aural, analytical, and compositional skills using both listening and written exercises.  Building on this foundation, the course should progress to include more creative tasks, such as the harmonization of a melody by selective appropriate chords, composing a musical bass line to provide two-voice counterpoint, and the realization of figured-bass notation.  This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Music Theory Exam.  Students will cover topics including the basic elements of music construction, as well as advanced analysis techniques and ear training.  The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is imperative.  It is also assumed that the student has acquired (or is acquiring) at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument.  

Prerequisite:  Music Theory I and II, or placement by recommendation