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  • BAND 

    Members of the band are selected by audition with the band director. Band rehearses each
    morning from 7:25 to 8:04. Participation in other instrumental ensembles requires being in band.
    Participation includes band camp, football games, parades, formal concerts, and exhibitions.
    Some extra rehearsals are required. Students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 are eligible. Career
    Technology and Career Magnet students may be scheduled in the band.

    JAZZ BAND

    PREREQUISITE: Band A or Band B, instrumental ability, audition, proper instrumentation
    Membership in the jazz band is determined by audition. Only those instruments used in such an
    ensemble are screened and students must show an above-average ability in reading, sight-reading,
    and overall ability.

    GLEE CLUB 

    PREREQUISITE: See Mrs. Stahl
    Glee Club (chorus) is open to all interested singers. Glee Club is a scheduled class
    during the school day with concerts in December and May. Students learn and
    perform a wide variety of music including classical, multicultural, jazz, and pop while
    gaining singing and music reading skills.


    MUSIC THEORY I

    Students must also be currently enrolled in band, chorus, or orchestra or studying music privately
    with an approved performance concentration taught by an approved certified instructor. The
    ability to read and perform music is essential for development in this class. Guitar students that
    read tablature only will find this class very difficult.
    This course is designed for students that want to strengthen basic music fundamental skills and
    improve their ability to sing and read music at sight. Dictation is used as part of the course to
    help with aural skills and the reading of melody, harmony and rhythm. This course is of great
    value to students involved in musical organizations in or out of school and those students
    planning to pursue further training in music after graduation. Fundamentals of Music Theory I
    are essential components of university auditions and placement exams.

    AP MUSIC THEORY

    PREREQUISITE: Music Theory I. Prospective
    students must be able to read and write musical notation and have basic performance
    skills with voice or an instrument. Completion of Music Theory I is recommended.
    AP Music Theory is an introductory college-level music theory course. Students cultivate
    their understanding of music theory through analyzing performed and notated music as
    they explore concepts like pitch, rhythm, form, and musical design.

    MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

    PREREQUISITE: Music Theory I or AP Music Theory.
    Students must also be currently enrolled in band, chorus, or orchestra or studying music privately
    with an approved performance concentration taught by an approved certified instructor. The
    ability to read and perform music is essential for development in this class. This course is all
    about music composition and an introduction to various elements of music technology, including
    synthesizer performance and programming and MIDI (musical instrument digital interface), and
    using notation and sequencing software to create compositions and arrangements. This is a
    "hands on" lab course. Students use computers, synthesizers and recording equipment to create
    individual and class projects. Recommended for students going into college music programs.
    The number of computers and synthesizers available limits class size.

    SYMPHONY

    PREREQUISITE: Instrumental Ability and Audition
    Members of the orchestra are selected by audition with the directors. Symphony Orchestra
    rehearses on Thursday’s after school from 3:30 – 5:10 p.m. with extra rehearsals
    scheduled as necessary. String players attend a group lesson for one full period
    each week. Students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 are eligible. CMS and FCCTC
    students may be scheduled for Symphony.

    MUSIC EXPLORATION

    PREREQUISITE: None
    Students will study music through the ages, world music, popular music, and learn to play the
    piano and write a melody.
    Students will study music through the ages, world music, popular music, and learn to play the
    piano and write a melody.
     Music through the ages – students will create a “radio show” from a time period in
    history, play music and announce events from that time. Through this, students will learn
    what music was popular at a particular time.
     World Music- students will sing and play music of Latin America, African, AfricanAmerican, Native American and Japanese cultures. Drumming and singing will be a
    large part of this.
     Popular Music –students will choose a style, artist, or group to research and present to the
    class.
     Piano – students will learn to play basic songs on the piano, using the keyboards, and will
    write their own melody.
    Students will gain a broad understanding of many music topics in a largely participation-based
    class.

    INTRODUCTION TO PIANO

    PREREQUISITE: None
    Students will learn to play the piano from a beginner level. Within a given lesson,
    students will be able to progress at their own pace. Students will receive group and
    individual instruction while practicing individually on the keyboards with
    headsets. Students will learn to read music and play for the teacher. Students will
    also perform individually and in groups. This course is not for experienced piano
    students.

    ADVANCED PIANO

    PREREQUISITE: Enrolled in band, chorus, or orchestra or earned an “A” in Introduction to
    Piano or has taken private lessons. The ability to read and perform music is essential for this
    class. It is designed to strengthen the advanced beginner to intermediate student’s keyboard
    skills. Students will play a wide variety of music, read music, chord charts, lead sheets and
    perform in recitals.

    BEGINNING GUITAR

    PREREQUISITE: None
    Students will learn to play the guitar from a beginner and intermediate level. Within a given
    lesson, students will be able to progress at their own pace. Guitarists will receive group and
    individual instruction while practicing individually. Students will participate in performance
    assessments and recitals, performing individually and in groups. Upon completion of this course,
    students will be able to play proficiently using chords. Students will also gain an understanding
    of basic music theory applicable to the guitar. Experienced players should not take this class.

    ADVANCED GUITAR

    PREREQUISITE: Beginning Guitar or Teacher Approval
    Students will learn to play guitars with other players in a musical performing ensemble at an
    intermediate to advanced level. Students should have their own guitars and optional amps. This
    is a performance based ensemble. Students will learn how to read both standard notation;
    individual treble clef notes in first and second position, and guitar TBA music. Concerts and
    recitals will be scheduled as well as limited engagements in the community. Experienced players
    should take this class.

    EXTRA CURRICULAR ENSEMBLES

    PREREQUISITE: Auditions in Band, Glee Club, Symphony
    Membership in Choristers, Pep Band, Steel Band, Percussion Ensemble, Cantamos Band, Bell
    Choir, Combo, and Philharmonic are determined by the directors of Band, Glee Club and
    Symphony. Members of these groups should contact the director if interested in performing