Course Guide: Music (Instrumental, Vocal, Theory, & Appreciation)

(Fees associated with most courses)

Symphonic Band

MU9232S (1 credit)

  • Emphasize the development of intermediate-level technical and ensemble skills.
  • Develop as individual musicians and members of the ensemble.
  • Meet both the school day and after school participation requirements.
  • Purchase accessories (reeds, mutes, oil) necessary for participation.

Wind Symphony

MU9234S (1 credit)

  • Participate in Instrumental enhancement and audition for All-District Band
  • Meet both the school day and after school participation requirements.
  • Purchase accessories (reeds, mutes, oil) necessary for participation.

Audition required

Jazz Band

MU9250 (1 credit)

  • Study of jazz and big band idioms.
  • Perform all major jazz styles, and display mastery of basic improvisational skills.
  • Meet both the school day and after school participation requirements.
  • Purchase accessories (reeds, mutes, oil) necessary for participation

Audition required

Percussion Ensemble 1

MU9296 (1 credit)

  • Intermediate study of the percussive arts.
  • Perform concert band parts and concert percussion music in this class.
  • Encouraged to supplement their experience by participating in marching band and indoor percussion.
  • Purchase and/or own sticks, mallets and other accessories necessary for participation in this class.

Audition required

Percussion Ensemble 2

MU9297 (1 credit)

  • Advanced study of the percussive arts.
  • Perform concert band parts and concert percussion music suitable in this class.
  • Encouraged to supplement their experience by participating in marching band and indoor percussion.
  • Purchase and/or own sticks, mallets and other accessories necessary for participation in this class.

Audition required

Chamber Orchestra

MU9239 (1 credit)

  • Designed for students that have at least two years of string orchestra instruction or equivalent playing experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass.
  • Perform varied literature representing various styles, and periods in music history.
  • Performance commitments outside of the school day.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 3 of American String Teachers Association Curriculum or Director Recommendation

Chorus 1 "Radiance"

  • The primary chorus for 9th graders or other students that have had little or no music or choral experience.
  • This choir is a stand-still performance-oriented group.
  • Learn music terminology, theory, sight-reading, posture, rhythmic counting, fundamentals of correct singing, proper breathing, good tonal production, and vocal techniques.
  • Students are required to attend and fully participate in all rehearsals and performances throughout the year.

Chorus 2 "One Voice"

MU9285 (1 credit)

  • A performance chamber choir.
  • Develop and refine sight-singing skills, music theory knowledge, and develop vocal tone and techniques.
  • Learn to think like musicians by exploring the relationship of music theory to music performance.
  • Attend and fully participate in all rehearsals performances, both on and off-campus.

Chorus 3 "Resonance"

MU9289 (1 credit)

  • Read music, match pitch, and project their voice while dancing.
  • Combines choreography with music to produce a competition show.
  • Study music from a variety of musical styles and genres.
  • Graded and mandatory after-school rehearsals each week as well as other mandatory weekend rehearsals and competitions

Audition required

Chorus 3 "Radiance" Women's Show Choir

MU9289G (1 credit)

  • Read music, match pitch, and project their voice while dancing.
  • Combines choreography with music to produce a competition show.
  • Study music from a variety of musical styles and genres.
  • Graded and mandatory after-school rehearsals each week as well as other mandatory weekend rehearsals and competitions.
  • Review the fundamentals of music, improve vocal quality, and sight-singing ability.
  • Participate in musical activities and performances.

Audition required

Music Theory 1

MU9222 (1 credit)

  • Understand the mechanics of music and reach a higher level as a musician.
  • Study music terminology, scales, notes, rhythms, chord structure, transposition, and many other elements of theoretical music structure.
  • Learn to transpose melodies in various keys, and compose an original song.

Music Theory 2

MU9225 (1 credit)

  • Study advanced chord structures and music analysis, as well as all major component parts of theoretical structure.

Teacher Recommendation

AP Music Theory

MU9226W (1 credit)
AP exam fee

  • Develop concepts from where Music Theory 1 left off.
  • AP Testing will be required.

Teacher Recommendation

Music Appreciation

MU9222 (1 credit)

  • Non-performance class includes listening, discussion, and presentations.
  • Provide students, who may have an interest and passion for music but limited background, with the opportunity to increase their musical awareness through experiences to become informed consumers of all styles and genres of American Music.

Honors Credit

  • Available in year three or four of a sequential track of high school performance-based courses.
  • Students will have contractual requirements to earn weighted credit.

Audition required