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Instrumental (Band) Music Course Descriptions

Band 7/8

This is an entry level course designed to teach students to perform on wind or percussion instruments; including, but not limited to: flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, oboe, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, batter and mallet percussion. Notation, rhythm, pitch, time signature, meter will be stressed. Individual and group training will be incorporated into this class. 90% classroom/rehearsal-10% performance. This class is for academic center students (7-8).

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Beginning Band

This is an entry level course designed for students desirous on learning to perform on wind or percussion instruments; including, but not limited to: flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, oboe, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, batter and mallet percussion. Notation, rhythm, pitch, time signature, meter will be stressed. Individual and group training will be incorporated into this class. 90% classroom/rehearsal-10% performance.

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Intermediate Band (also known as [aka] Concert Band)

This class is designed for the student who wish to continue studying instrumental music but choose not to participate in Marching Band. In addition to individual attention, this class will rehearse in solo, ensemble and large organizations performing advanced-beginning and intermediate level music. Students can perform solos and ensembles on the local level.

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed BEGINNING BAND and/or have Instructor Approval.

Marching Band

Marching Band is designed for students who are prepared to perform independently in an ensemble setting that balances advanced and intermediate level music with moderate to vigorous physical activity to carry out drill and/or parade formations. Course will prepare students to perform for parades, football games, and other athletic/ outdoor venues.

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed BEGINNING BAND and/or have Instructor Approval.
This class meets the requirements for junior/senior level physical education.

Advanced Band (aka Symphonic Band)

This course is designed for advanced students who have experience in instrumental performance on music specifically written for band. This course prepares the student to perform independently in solo, ensemble and large organizations at the local level; and must participate in all performances.

Prerequisite: Marching Band students audition into the Symphonic Band or the Wind Ensemble in late October. This course replaces Marching Band in the second semester.

Honors Advanced Band (aka Wind Ensemble)

In addition to the requirements for Advanced Band, Honors students are encouraged to audition for and perform in all-city and state district bands. These students music successfully participate in local recitals, city and state solo and ensemble contests. Private lessons are encouraged but not necessary. Additional performance requirements can be added based on teacher discretion.

Prerequisite: Marching Band students audition into the Symphonic Band or the Wind Ensemble in late October. This course replaces Marching Band in the second semester.

Honors Jazz Band

This class is designed for students who desire to learn and perform jazz music. Students taking this course must have had previous experience and perform at a high level of proficiency. Jazz style, history will be incorporated in the classroom regimen. Improvisation will be highly stressed. Can perform in a large ensemble or smaller groups (combos) at the school/community level. Additional performance requirements can be added based on teacher discretion.

Prerequisite: Audition or Instructor Approval required. Concurrent enrollment in the Advanced Band or IBDP SL Music strongly recommended.

IBDP SL Music – Instrumental

Students pursue global comprehensive musicianship through the performance and critical analysis of forms, styles and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts. External assessment consists of a) the Listening paper (musical perception questions), and b) the Musical links investigation (a written media script investigating the significant musical links between two or more pieces from distinct musical cultures).

Prerequisite: A minimum of two years band experience, audition, and written approval of Mr. Lavery required.Requires a two year commitment to the class.


Vocal Music Course Descriptions

Chorus 7/8

This course is the entry-level course for male and female students desirous on learning proper vocal techniques for the male and female voice, performing music for the mixed chorus. This class is for academic center students (7-8).

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Beginning Mixed Chorus

This course is the entry-level course for male and female students desirous on learning proper vocal techniques. Basic music training will also be given in rhythm, pitch, sight-singing, solfege.

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Intermediate Mixed Chorus (also known as [aka] Taft Mixed Chorus)

This course is designed for the male and/or female vocal students who wish to continue performing vocal music in a mixed choral setting but requires more vocal experience. Performance opportunities will become available based on proficiency.

Prerequisite: Must have completed BEGINNING MIX CHORUS and/or have Instructor Approval.

Honors Advanced Mixed Chorus (aka The Eagle Singers)

This course is designed for advanced vocalists who have experience in vocal performance on music specifically written for the mixed chorus. Students must successfully participate in all public performances as well as city, state, and/or national contests/festivals. Students are encouraged to actively audition for and perform in all-city and state district choruses. Private lessons are encouraged but not required. Additional performance requirements can be added on the basis of teacher discretion.

Prerequisite: Must have completed INTERMEDIATE MIX CHORUS or Instructor Approval.

Honors Advanced Male Chorus (aka Men’s Chorus)

This course is designed for advanced male vocalists who desire to perform music specifically written for the male chorus. Prepares student to perform independently in solo, ensemble and large group performances at the school/community level; and must participate in all performances.

This class is open exclusively to male students that initially enroll in the Honors Advanced Mixed Chorus.After successfully auditioning during the first week of school, this class will replace the Mixed Chorus. Students will practice Men’s Chorus music twice a week and music for the Eagle Singers three times a week.

Honors Advanced Female Chorus (aka Women’s Chorale)

This course is designed for advanced female vocalists who desire to perform music specifically written for the female chorus. Prepares student to perform independently in solo, ensemble and large group performances at the school/community level; and must participate in all performances.

This class is open exclusively to female students that initially enroll in the Honors Advanced Mixed Chorus.After successfully auditioning during the first week of school, this class will replace the Mixed Chorus. Students will practice Women’s Chorale music twice a week and music for the Eagle Singers three times a week.

Honors Chamber Singers

This course is limited exclusively to the student leaders of the Honors Advanced Mixed Chorus. Students will learn, perform, and analyze advanced high school and college level choral chamber (small group) literature from the late Medieval era, through the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and into the Modern eras. Students will study piano methods, music theory and history, and receive individual voice instruction.

Prerequisite: Audition, instructor interview, andconcurrent enrollment in the Honors Advanced Mixed Chorus or IBDP SL Music required.

IBDP SL Music – Vocal

Students pursue global comprehensive musicianship through the performance and critical analysis of forms, styles and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts. External assessment consists of a) the Listening paper (musical perception questions), and b) the Musical links investigation (a written media script investigating the significant musical links between two or more pieces from distinct musical cultures).

Prerequisite: A minimum of two years choral experience, audition, and written approval of Mr. Lavery required.Requires a two year commitment to the class.

 

General Music Course Descriptions

Music Appreciation

This course is designed for students who are primarily non-performers. Basic music theory, music history and music appreciation is taught. Students are taught critical listening skills through the study of composers and music eras. Students learn performance skills through the study of two or more of the following: percussion, piano, guitar, handbells, and recorders.

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Honors Sound Engineering Music

Students will learn basics of audio engineering via recording, editing, mixing, and mastering. Honors credit may be earned with extra classroom responsibilities, performance opportunities, increased music theory instruction, and/or other opportunities at director discretion. Students will be REQUIRED to operate the school sound equipment for events scheduled in the Auditorium and/or Black Box Theatre.

Prerequisite: Restricted to Juniors and Seniors. Strong computer or mechanical skills recommended. No other experience required.

Beginning Piano

This course continues piano methods instruction for students with music reading experience and entry level piano skills who desire to perform the piano and related keyboard instruments. Notation, rhythm, pitch, time signature, meter will be stressed. Students are expected to perform scales and selections with both hands. Individual and group training will be incorporated into this class. Students perform group songs for the school and/or community.

Prerequisite: Ability to read music and a basic understanding of the piano required.

Intermediate Piano

This is the next level of instruction in class and individual piano. Students taking this class should have some skills in music reading, scales and independent movement of both hands. Basic chord progressions, major and minor scales are taught. Students perform both solo and group songs for the school and/or community.

Prerequisite: Must have completed BEGINNING PIANO and/or have Instructor Approval.

Beginning Guitar

This course teaches guitar methods for students with music reading experience and basic guitar chord skills who desire to learn how to play melodies on the guitar. Notation, rhythm, pitch, time signature, meter will be stressed. Students are expected to perform scales. Individual and group training will be incorporated into this class. Students perform group songs for the school and/or community.

Prerequisite: Ability to read standard (non-TAB) music notation and the ability to play basic guitar chords required.

 

Music Theory

Study of scales, harmony, melody, form, pitch and ear-training. Keyboard skills preferred but not required. Students taking this course should have some performance experience or an aptitude for music. This course is designed for the third year music student. Scales studies in alto, tenor clefs, advanced harmony, form and analysis, counterpoint music composition and arranging will be stressed. Extensive use of the piano. This course is taught concurrently with and designed to prepare the student for AP Music Theory.

Prerequisite: One year of instrument or vocal performance experience.

Advanced Placement Music Theory

Musical aspects such as rhythm, harmony, form, ear training and meter are heavily studied. The ultimate goal of the 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. These concepts are address through listening to a wide variety of music. In an AP Music Theory course, students should be required to read, notate, write, sing, and listen to music. It is also strongly recommended that the student will have acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument.

Prerequisite: Music Theory or 2 years of instrument or vocal performance experience.

 

Dramatic Arts Course Descriptions

Drama 7/8

This is an introductory level course where students learn to appreciate diverse aspects of the discipline of theater. Students are introduced to acting, voice, improvisation, and script analysis. The course helps students to contextualize the theatrical experience through examination of theater history, and texts, as well as the process and product of staging performances. The course includes exposure to live theatrical production.

Prerequisite: Academic Center students only. No other experience required.

Acting Sequence

Production Sequence

Drama I

This is an introductory level course where students learn to appreciate diverse aspects of the discipline of theater. Students are introduced to acting, voice, improvisation, and script analysis. The course helps students to contextualize the theatrical experience through examination of theater history, and texts, as well as the process and product of staging performances.

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Theater Production I

This is an introductory level course that teaches students to analyze theatrical texts for design elements. Students then learn fundamentals of stage design and production including; set and lighting design, make-up, costume design, and sound design. Students apply this knowledge to school productions.

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Drama II

This course builds upon the principles introduced in Drama I. Students will explore many theatrical roles and how they can collaborate to create successful theater productions including: director, playwright, actor, stage manager and technical director. Students will actively engage in the theatrical process through scene study. The course will engage students in the process of interpretation and evaluation as they critique plays and live performances.

Prerequisite: Must have completed DRAMA I.

Theater Production II

This is an intermediate level course that teaches students to analyze theatrical texts for design elements. Students then learn fundamentals of stage design and production including; set and lighting design, make-up, costume design, and sound design. Students apply this knowledge to school productions.

Prerequisite: Must have completed THEATER PRODUCTION II

Drama III

This course is designed for students who have completed Drama I and II. It provides students with more advanced theater experiences, which include: ensemble work, character building, and stage technology. Students will read and critique a range of theater texts. After discussing live theater experiences, they will read and write performance reviews.

Prerequisite: Must have completed DRAMA II.

IBDP SL / HL Theater Arts

The theatre course emphasizes the importance of working individually and as a member of an ensemble. Students are encouraged to develop the organizational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively in theatre. A further challenge for students following this course is for them to become aware of their own perspectives and biases and to learn to understand and value those of others. At the core of the theatre course lays a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis—all of which should be achieved through practical engagement in theatre.

 



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