WHS Music Department Curriculum

 

Note: There is always the possibility that courses listed in the Program of Studies may not run due to low enrollment or budget constraints.

 

 

 

The Music Department provides opportunities for participation in vocal and instrumental groups, grades 9-12, and offers a course in music theory. The purpose of the music offerings is the cultivation of a lasting appreciation of music and the personal enrichment brought about through participation and study. Music students also have the opportunity to audition for the Senior Northeast District Music Festival, the All-State Festival, and the All-Eastern Music Festival.
Grades 9-12
Concert Band
Concert Orchestra
Chorus
Jazz Ensemble I/II
Chamber
Music

Grades 10-12
AP Music Theory
Concert Choir
Jazz Choir
Wind Ensemble

Chamber Orchestra

 


Course 770     CONCERT BAND     Full Year     4 Credits

The course will offer instruction in the development and refinement of intermediate/advanced performing and ensemble techniques. The concert band will be a major performing group for the school and community. Opportunities for public performances will be provided and attendance will be required. Rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required.

 

 

Course 771     WIND ENSEMBLE     Full Year     4 Credits

The course will offer instruction in the development and refinement of advanced performing and ensemble techniques. The Wind Ensemble will be a major performing group for the school and community. Opportunities for public performances will be provided and attendance will be required. Additional opportunities will be provided for full symphonic orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. This will require combining band and string students for instruction periodically. Admission to this group is by audition only and based on the instrumentation needs of the group. Rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required.

 


Course 773/774     JAZZ ENSEMBLE I/II     Full Year     1 Credit

This course will offer instruction in the development and refinement of jazz performing and ensemble techniques. Emphasis will be on the study of standard jazz band literature. The jazz ensemble will be a major performing group for the school and community. Rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required. Admission to this group will be by audition only and based on the instrumentation needs of the group. Students in the jazz ensemble are also required to be enrolled in wind ensemble or concert band (orchestra for string bassists).

 


Course 775     CONCERT ORCHESTRA     Full Year     4 Credits

This course will offer instruction in the development and refinement of advanced performing and ensemble techniques. Emphasis will be on the study of standard orchestra literature. The string orchestra will be a major performing group for the school and community. Additional opportunities will be provided for full symphonic orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. This will require combining band and string students for instruction periodically. Rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required.

 


Course 776     CHAMBER MUSIC     Full Year     1 Credit

This class will focus on chamber music skills. Students in this course will be divided into small chamber ensembles of 3-5 students. These ensembles will be made up of string, wind, brass or percussion instruments. Ensembles will include, string trios, quartets & quintets, woodwind/brass small ensembles and jazz combos. Students will learn how to rehearse themselves in small groups while working with peers. Emphasis will be on the basics of fine ensemble playing, intonation, phrasing and balance, rhythmic accuracy and group listening skills. Students in chamber music are also required to be enrolled in orchestra or band.


 

Course 777     CHAMBER ORCHESTRA     Full Year     4 Credits

Note: Class open to students in Grades 10-12

The course will offer instruction in the development and refinement of advanced performing and ensemble techniques. The Chamber Orchestra will be a major performing group for the school and community. Opportunities for public performances will be provided and attendance will be required. Additional opportunities will be provided for full symphonic orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. This will require combining band and string students for instruction periodically. Admission to this group is by audition only and based on the instrumentation needs of the group. Rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required.

 

 


Course 778     AP MUSIC THEORY     Full Year     4 Credits

Prerequisite: Recommendation of the Director of Music.

This college level course introduces the student to musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. It integrates aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, and musical analysis, elementary composition and, to some extent, history and style. Musicianship skills such as dictation and other listening skills, sight singing, and keyboard harmony are an important part of the theory course.
 
 
The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to such a course. It is also assumed that the student has acquired at least moderate performance skills in voice or on an instrument.
The ultimate goal of an Advanced Placement Music Theory course is 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.

 


Course 785     CHORUS     Full Year     4 Credits

Chorus is open to all boys and girls in the High School. The chorus performs a wide variety of music including classical, ethnic, show, popular, and contemporary works. Students work on strengthening vocal techniques and harmony. The chorus performs at the annual Winter Concert, Spring ?Pops,? and at various community functions throughout the year. Rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required.

 

 

Course 790     JAZZ CHOIR     Full Year     .5 Credit

This course is for students presently in Concert Choir and interested in the study and performance of vocal Jazz. This will start with the study and understanding of jazz and its harmonic structures from the time of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Students will study vocal improvisation known as scatting. Further study and performance will include Swing, Be-bop, ?free-voice? (instrument imitation) as well as the study of today’s jazz styles as performed by the "New York Voices" and "Manhattan Transfer."

 


Course 795     CONCERT CHOIR     Full Year     4 Credits
Admission to this select vocal group is by audition only.

The Concert Choir performs works ranging from early madrigals to classical and vocal jazz. Students work on advanced and contemporary harmony and vocal techniques. The Concert Choir will perform at the annual winter and ?Pops? Concerts as well as events outside of school. Rehearsals and performances outside of regular school hours will be required.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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