Music


  • HIGH SCHOOL GENERAL MUSIC

This course includes the study of: 

  1. Elements of Music 

1.1 Notation of tones, rhythm dynamics, expression and meter. 

1.2 Tone Color (different types of instruments), texture, form

1.3 Song analysis using the Elements of Music

  1. Music Appreciation

2.1 A historical look at the development of music through the ages

2.1.1 Chapters cover the 1400’s through the American influence of the 1900’s

2.1.2 Study of composers, their music and relationship with arts and society

2.2 Listening to music, media resources, movies

  1. Instrumental Instruction (17-20 weeks) 

3.1 Students choose Voice, Piano, or Guitar for private instruction

3.2 Students work each day to advance their skill on their chosen instrument

3.2.1 Instruments and books are provided

  1. Assessments

4.1 Tests, quizzes, essays and projects

CREDIT:  1.0 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  Local Exam


  • JAZZ BAND (ELECTIVE)

Jazz Band will provide students the opportunity to perform the various styles of music characteristic to the Jazz Ensemble, including improvisation.  Students are selected by audition. Once chosen, members are expected to make a commitment for the entire school year. The jazz band performs in all school concerts, as well as several additional performances throughout the year.  Rehearsals take place after school hours: Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 pm during the fall and spring sports seasons; and Mondays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm during the Winter sports season. Senior High students will receive a numerical grade for the class along with credit.

CREDIT:  0.5 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  Local Exam


  • MUSIC THEORY (ELECTIVE)

An exciting experiential study of structures in melody, harmony and rhythm.  Attention to the basic elements to music is also considered. Students will use listening, analysis, and composition to attain the mastery of the course work.  Lab days occur 1 to 2 times weekly; they involve aural skills development (ear training). This experiential format is consistent with the music theory courses of many colleges and universities.  The goal of the material is to first develop strong musicianship and second, to prepare students for music at the college level. The class is recommended for students in grades 11 and 12. Students should enter the course with experience in music via band, chorus or general music.  Students who have studied privately via guitar, piano, or voice lessons are also suitable. They will need to understand basic notation, meter, and rhythm. The students will need access to computers in order to utilize theory sites on the internet, and for Finale 11 (music composition software).

CREDIT:  1.0 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  Local Exam


  • SENIOR HIGH BAND

Senior Band is an ensemble that provides learning and performance opportunities on wind, brass, and percussion instruments.  The ensemble meets every other day as a whole and all students have a small group lesson once a week. The primary focus is on the development and expansion of skills that are necessary for effective instrumental music performance.  In addition to participation in the large group setting, individual growth and achievement are encouraged through participation in adjudicated solo and ensemble festivals, honor bands, and private lessons. Topics/skills covered include:  Embouchure and Tone development, counting, timing, and rhythmic development, reading and notation skills, including sight-reading, scale study, music theory, basic improvisation, vocabulary of musical terms and symbols, ear training and listening skills, equipment care and maintenance and effective practice habits.  Students in the Senior Band perform in at least two school concerts and one parade per year. These performances are mandatory for all members. Additional performance opportunities exist through honor groups, NYSSMA solo festival, and volunteer community performances. The curriculum is designed for students with prior band experience.  Students with no experience should see the teacher to inquire about joining. The goal in this course is to allow every student to attain his/her maximum potential in music. +This course fulfills the NYS requirements for 1 unit in Art or Music

CREDIT:  0.5 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  Local Exam


  • SENIOR HIGH CHORUS

Chorus meets for rehearsal on an every-other-day basis for 40 weeks.  Students will learn to sing (in 3-part harmony) a variety of choral compositions -- secular, sacred, contemporary, pop, and show.  Students are expected to participate in all formal concerts. +This course fulfills the NYS requirements for 1 unit in Art or Music

CREDIT:  0.5 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  Local Exam



  • PIANO, VOICE, OR GUITAR CLASS (ELECTIVE)

This is a half-year course.  See Instrumental 

Instruction under High School General Music for description.

CREDIT:  0.5 FINAL ASSESSMENT:  Local Exam












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