Instrumental Music

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Courses:
Concert Band (course # 6821/6822)
Students will develop and refine the skills that will enable them to perform music at the Grade III level of difficulty. Basic transposition, melodic dictation, and triad development are included. Written projects may include music history, performance critiques, and musical composition. Public performances outside of the school day may be required to meet course objectives. A second year of Advanced Band may be substituted for the first year of Concert Band.
  • Prerequisite: Advanced Band or by audition, and the need to balance instrumentation as determined by the director
  • 0.5 credit per semester
  • Fine Arts Credit
  • Certificate of Merit (CM)
  • May be repeated 1 time

Guitar I (course #6585/6586)
Students learn beginning guitar technique, including selected major, minor, and seventh chords; basic finger picks and strums; and tuning technique. Music theory and historical perspective are studied as they relate to guitar performance. This course is open to all students, regardless of music background. The technological aspects of contemporary guitar playing are studied.

  • 0.5 credit per semester
  • Fine Arts Credit
  • May be repeated 3 times

Guitar II (course #6591/6592)
Students with a high level of interest, ability, and preparation in guitar study and perform music representing a variety of musical styles. Ear-training and music theory are emphasized and students complete several creative projects, continually refining their guitar performance skills. Students analyze the guitar styles of a variety of cultures and incorporate them into their own improvisations.

  • Prerequisite: Guitar 1 A/B
  • 0.5 credit per semester
  • Fine Arts Credit
  • May be repeated 1 time

Honor’s Jazz Band (course # 6873/6874)
Students develop a high level of skill in the performance of jazz, blues, jazz-rock, soul, and other styles of music. They extend their skills and study of jazz interpretation and improvisation, jazz harmony and theory, and the historical influences on jazz as it developed into an American art form. Public performances during and after school may be required to meet course objectives.

  • Prerequisite: Concert Band or Concert Orchestra or by audition, and the need to balance the instrumentation
  • 0.5 credit per semester
  • Fine Arts Credit
  • Certificate of Merit (CM)
  • Honors
  • Unlimited repeats for subject credit

Jazz Band (course # 6873/6874)
Students develop a high level of skill in the performance of jazz, blues, jazz-rock, soul, and other styles of music. They extend their skills and study of jazz interpretation and improvisation, jazz harmony and theory, and the historical influences on jazz as it developed into an American art form. Public performances during and after school may be required to meet course objectives.

  • Prerequisite: Concert Band or Concert Orchestra or audition, and the need to balance instrumentation
  • 0.5 credit per semester
  • Fine Arts Credit
  • Certificate of Merit (CM)
  • Unlimited repeats for subject credit

Orchestra

Piano I (course # 6520/6521)
Students learn to read music and acquire standard piano technique. This course is open to all students, regardless of musical background. Students develop effective practice habits and perform selections of gradually increasing difficulty as they progress independently. They listen to and analyze examples of excellent piano performance.

  • 0.5 credit per semester
  • Fine Arts Credit
  • May be repeated 3 times

Piano II (course # 6535/6536)
Students study and perform a wide variety of intermediate and advanced repertoire. They improvise, compose, and arrange music in a variety of styles. Students refine their understandings of music history through analysis of repertoire.

    • Prerequisite: Piano 1 A/B
    • 0.5 credit per semester
    • Fine Arts Credit
    • Unlimited repeats for subject credit

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