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#452 Band 1 credit

Students involved with the band program will be taught proper instrumental and ensemble technique. Emphasis is placed on the development of musicianship through progressive technical studies, the development of tone quality, phrasing, articulation, all major and minor scales, rhythmic patterns, meters, trills, embellishments and music reading skills. Stress is given to age-appropriate musicianship/aesthetic response including rehearsal and concert etiquette and responsibilities associated with membership in a performing organization. The repertoire for marching band and concert band will consist of traditional and contemporary literature including transcriptions, marches, and show music. The students will rehearse a large variety of music and prepare selected pieces for performance. Activities include performing in school assemblies, evening concerts, band shows and competitions, football games, and assorted community functions. While the concert band class during the school day is the core of the high school band program, additional opportunities exist for learning and performance through Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, small ensembles, honor bands, and enrichment activities. This course will include participation in both marching and concert bands. Extra rehearsals and performances outside of the school day are a vital and integral part of this course.

#454 Orchestra 1 credit

Students involved with the orchestra program will be taught proper instrumental and ensemble techniques. Emphasis is placed on the development of musicianship through progressive technical studies, the development of tone quality, phrasing, bowing, all major and minor scales, rhythmic patterns, meters, trills and music reading skills. Stress is given to age-appropriate musicianship/aesthetic responses including rehearsal and concert etiquette and responsibilities associated with membership in a performing organization. The repertoire for orchestra will consist of pieces in a variety of styles from Classical to Contemporary with diverse instrumentation. The students will rehearse a large variety of music and prepare selected pieces for performance. Activities include performances at the annual holiday and spring concerts, graduation ceremonies and assorted community functions. While the orchestra class during the school day is the core of the high school orchestra program, additional opportunities exist for learning and performance through small chamber ensembles, honor orchestras and enrichment activities. This course will include participation in extra-curricular events. Extra rehearsals and performances outside of the school day are vital and an integral part of this course.

#430 Mixed Chorus 1 credit

Mixed Chorus introduces a variety of music for study and performance. Students work on basic techniques of breath support, tone production, phrasing, diction, and vowel placement. Emphasis is placed on independent part-singing and music reading.

#442 Concert Choir 1 credit

Concert Choir is dedicated to the performance of a wide variety of secular and sacred repertoire representing major periods, styles, and forms of vocal literature. Rehearsals focus on training students in vocal production, breath control, range, diction, projection, musical notation, phrasing and interpretation.