HS COURSE OFFERINGS

High School Course Offerings

Student placement in Music classes will be based on the following criteria, unless specifically stated in the course description:

  • Successful completion of an introductory class or previous level class with a minimum grade of 85%
  • Performance on local assessments, such as midterms, performance evaluations and final exams.
  • Participation in class activities
  • Teacher recommendation

PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLES

Band (880) Grades 9-12

Students who enroll in band must play a band instrument (brass, woodwind or percussion). The first marking period focuses on marching band repertoire and activities, and the remaining marking periods emphasize wind ensemble literature. Enrolled students will participate in both concert band and marching band activities that include: summer band camp, weekly evening rehearsals in the fall, weekend performances, and parades. Exceptions to marching band participation will be made on a case-by-case basis due to major scheduling conflicts. Evaluative criteria include student attendance at school scheduled performances and rehearsals, classroom participation, performance techniques, and playing exams.

Honors Band (865) Grades 10-12

*Prerequisite – Minimum of one year in Music Ensemble (band/orch/chorus) with a grade of 90% or higher AND with permission from instructor.

Students will fulfill the requirements of the performance ensemble, and will be required to meet the following additional requirements: 1. Students must prepare an honors audition solo. 2. Students must prepare and audition for county and/or district level ensembles. 3. students must complete a topic/research paper. 4. It is recommended that students acquire private instruction. 5. Students must perform in one recital each school year.

Orchestra (881) Grades 9-12

Students who enroll in orchestra must play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or double bass). Emphasis is placed on string ensemble literature, chamber ensemble literature and standard orchestral literature. Evaluative criteria include student attendance at school scheduled concerts, classroom participation, performance techniques and playing exams. Places for woodwind, brass and percussion players are determined by audition as needed. These players should not sign up for orchestra as a course until they have completed an audition and are notified by the high school orchestra director of their acceptance into the orchestra. Auditions will take place at the start of the school year.

Honors Orchestra (886) Grades 10-12

*Prerequisite – Minimum of one year in Music Ensemble (band/orch/chorus) with a grade of 90% or higher AND with permission of the instructor.

Students will fulfill the requirements of performance ensemble, and will be required to meet the following additional requirements: 1. Students must prepare an honors audition solo. 2. Students must prepare and audition for County and/or District level ensembles. 3. Students must complete a topic/research paper. 4. It is recommended that students acquire private instruction. 5. Students must perform in one recital each school year

Additional information: String requirements: shifting, display knowledge of bowing styles, vibrato.

Chorus (882) Grades 9-12

*Prerequisite – Permission of instructor to participate

Students who enroll in this course should have a sincere interest in developing their skills as a musician and vocal student. Students who enroll in chorus will have the opportunity to develop vocal skills, musical potential and proficiency through rehearsal techniques, choral literature, sight-singing, basic theory and performances. Evaluative criteria will include student attendance at mandatory rehearsals, school scheduled concerts, classroom participation, rehearsal/ performance techniques and concert etiquette.

Additional information: Incoming new students must be auditioned by the director for placement in the proper ensemble. If students participated in middle school chorus, them middle school director will recommend placements.

Honors Chorus (892) Grades 10-12

*Prerequisite – Minimum of one year in Music Ensemble (band/orch/chorus) with a grade of 90% or higher AND with permission of instructor

Students will fulfill the requirements of performance ensemble, and will be required to meet the following additional requirements: 1. Students must prepare an honors audition solo. 2. Students must prepare and audition for County and/or District level ensembles. 3. Students must complete a topic/research paper. 4. It is recommended that students acquire private instruction. 5. Students must perform in one recital each school year.

Additional information: Vocal Requirements: demonstrate sight-singing ability

Girls Chorus (883) Grades 9-12

*Prerequisite – permission of instructor to participate

This chorus is open to any girl in grades 9-12 but is geared towards incoming freshmen and those new to choral ensembles. Students will explore music from various cultures and genres and learn the basics of solfege as a tool to read music. Students will also explore the basics of writing harmonies and arranging popular music for the voicing of a girls ensemble. This course will meet every day during the second semester.

Manor Singers (859) Grades 10-12

This is a select group, designed for vocal students with exceptional singing/musical abilities. The Manor Singers will be auditioned in February of each school year to fill spots left by those who will graduate or are unable to participate the following school year. The audition will consist of a prepared piece, a sight-reading selection, and a choral excerpt. This group will study more difficult works in preparation for community performances throughout the school year, as well as for the Winter and Spring Choral Concerts.

MUSIC ELECTIVES

Class Piano I (851) Grades 9-12

This course is designed to teach the beginning high school student how to play the piano as well as provide additional knowledge about the history of the piano, sound production, famous composers of piano music, and famous piano performers. Reading music is essential to this course. There are a number of supplemental activities, which include musical videos, listening examples, and a research paper. The final for this course is a recital/concert where students choose three songs from the semester and perform for their peers, teachers, and family members.

Additional Information: Class size is limited to the number of pianos available.

Class Piano II (852) Grades 10-12

*Prerequisite – successful completion of Piano I with a grade of 85% or higher

This course is a continuation of Class Piano I. Students will study more advanced music, performance repertoire, and elements of music theory. Throughout the course, students will explore the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras and perform pieces from each time period. There are bi-weekly recitals where students will perform their piece of study for their classmates. The final exam for this course consists of a recital and written exam on music theory components studied over the course of the semester

Additional Information: Class size is limited to the number of available pianos. Students in grade 9 may only enroll with permission from the instructor.

Class Piano III (856) Grades 10-12

*Prerequisite – successful completion of piano II with grade of 85% or higher

This course will follow the same structure and timeline as Piano II but focuses on more advanced performance techniques. Students will perform legitimate solo piano repertoire for weekly performance grades and bi-weekly recitals. The final exam for this course consists of a recital and a written exam on music theory components studied over the course of the semester.

Additional Information: Class size is limited to the number of available pianos.

Advanced Placement Music Theory (854) Grades 10-12

*Prerequisite – permission of instructor

Advanced Placement Music Theory is a 1 semester intensive course for students who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding of music. It is highly recommended for students planning to continue serious study of music beyond high school. The instructional goal of this course is to take each student to a significantly higher level of comprehensive musicianship. Over the span of this course, each student will work toward mastery of written and aural concepts and skills. Course activities will include music notation, composition, analysis, dictation, and singing. Daily home practice of musical skills and concepts is expected.

 

Advanced Placement Music Theory will meet for one block every day during the fall semester. Students will receive grades during each marking periods. The course will conclude with a major composition project.

History of Rock (887) Grades 9-12

Students will study this popular music form from its roots in Rhythm and Blues, through the Rock-n-Roll explosion of the 50’s and early 60’s, the development of the psychedelic counterculture, the classic rock styles of 70’s to the MTV video 80’s. This course will examine rock ‘n’ roll music – its historical and musical rise to cultural dominance, exploring issues of race, gender, and class amidst the rapidly changing social, cultural, economic, and political landscape of mid-to-late 20th century.

Guitar I (888) Grades 9-12

Guitar I is an elective course for students with little or no experience on the guitar. Students will learn open chords, power chords, movable chords, single note (melody) and improvising through various styles of rock, pop, folk, and classical music. This course also teaches music fundamentals and theory with emphasis on learning to read standard music notation. Nylon string acoustic guitars are supplied for student to use in school.

Additional Information: Class size is limited to the number of available guitars.

Guitar II (889) Grades 10-12

*Prerequisite – successful completion of Guitar I with grade of 85% or higher.

Guitar II is a performing arts class designed as an extension for those students who have successfully completed Beginner Guitar. Emphasis is placed on reading musical notation due to the advanced concepts and solo/ensemble performances. An important component of this course is the preparation and presentation of student work in public performance. Public performance opportunities will serve as evaluators of student progress and mastery level of curricular materials. Note: Nylon string acoustic guitars are supplied for student to use in school.

Additional Information: Class size is limited to the number of available guitars. Students in grade 9 may only enroll in this course with instructor permission