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Music

All vocal and instrumental ensembles that are offered in the music program are expected to perform at various school and civic functions. Attendance by participating members is required at these performances. There are fees and expenses involved in music performance groups that vary depending on the group. Consult the individual teacher for more information.

BEETHOVEN TO BEATLES: THE HISTORY OF MUSIC

0.5 credit — Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
(1 period per day for 1 semester)
Prerequisites: None

This course will trace the history of music from its earliest beginnings to the present day, surveying the historical eras of Western music, popular music of the 20th and 21st Centuries and its roots, and music of various world cultures. Students should expect to listen to a wide variety of music, read about and discuss topics related to music and its historical contexts, and bring their own musical tastes and interests into the experience. This course is for any student who is interested in music; there is no performance requirement or musical background prerequisite.

MUSIC THEORY

0.5 credit — Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
(1 period per day for 1 semester)
Prerequisites: None

This semester course will cover the fundamentals of music theory, including melody, harmony, rhythm, and form. Students will study musical notation, rhythms, meter, scales, intervals, key signatures, chords, and forms, and emphasis will be given to music-reading and ear-training. The course will also cover harmonization and musical composition, and students will learn to analyze music harmonically. Students will also learn and utilize proper terminology for the various elements of music. This course is for any student who is interested in music; there is no performance requirement or musical background prerequisite. 

Band Program

Jazz Bands

Orchestra Program

Vocal Music Program