Music Department

The performing choral and instrumental groups are designed to help the student develop his/her individual musical talent and to offer an opportunity for ensemble participation.  All classes in this section may be taken more than once.

 

*All classes listed in this section meet Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements for Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts.


Varsity Band

           
    Grade:  9-12                            Credit:  1/year

    Prerequisite:  None

Four Years of Varsity Band fulfill the PE requirement

Description:  Members of this organization must display instrument performance skills on a traditional band instrument, and be able to sight-read music containing eighth notes, dotted quarter notes and syncopation in 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 time.  These skills must be demonstrated by audition prior to admittance to the class.  All members of this organization will perform in the Marching Band and Concert Band. Performing and practicing with the band outside of school hours is required to receive a passing grade.  Home practice is expected of band members in preparation of their musical assignments.  A varsity letter may be earned through adequately fulfilling the posted requirements.

Jazz Band

           
    Grade:  9-12                            Credit:  1/year

    Prerequisite:  Minimum instrumentation of 3 Saxes (Alto, Tenor, Baritone); 2
    Trumpets; 2 Trombones (Baritone Horns); Keyboard (Piano); Bass (can use Keyboard),     Drums.  These instruments are required in order to hold the class.

Description:  The Jazz Band rehearses and performs popular music and jazz.  Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required to receive credit.  Membership in Jazz Band is open to all students playing winds, percussion, keyboard, and guitar or bass guitar. Students must have music reading skills.  An audition is required prior to acceptance into the class.  This group performs for community events as well as concerts.

No letter grades will be posted only Credit or No Credit.

Concert Choir

           
    Grade:  9-12                            Credit:  1/year

    Prerequisite:  None

Description:  A vocal music course designed for singers in the earlier stages of training.  High quality choral literature of folk and classical nature will be studied and performed.  Students will gain knowledge of proper vocal technique, as well as basic music theory.  Members will be expected to attend all performances and participate in fundraising activities.  Individuals and small groups will have the opportunity to participate in Solo and Ensemble Festival and other musical activities.  Individual study in voice is encouraged.  

Chorale

           
    Grade:  10-12                          Credit:  1/year

    Prerequisite:  Audition and instructor approval

Description:  A vocal music course designed for more experienced singers.  This group will study and perform high quality choral literature.  This literature will be at an intermediate or advanced level and incorporate study of the five major music style periods.  Advanced study in music theory, history and vocal technique will also be included in course work.  Members will be expected to attend all performances and participate in fundraising activities.  This group will perform at numerous events throughout the year.  Individuals and small groups will have the opportunity to participate in Solo and Ensemble Festival and other musical activities.  Individual study in voice is highly recommended. 



History of American Music


    Grade:  9-12                          Credit:  ½ per semester

    Prerequisites:  None

Course Description:  This non-performing elective course focuses specifically on the development of popular music in America from the dawn of the 20th century to today. Week by week we will explore how and why music is made, along with common attributes that make certain music popular making connections to social issues throughout history.  Students will become familiar with a variety of musical concepts through the study and analysis of familiar music. 

 We will study historical influences, including jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, ‘classic’ rock, Motown, hip hop, etc. along with a wide variety of today’s popular music. Students will be encouraged to invest in music they already enjoy, while also being exposed to important artists and styles they may not be familiar with.

 Extensive multimedia and music technology will be utilized in this course. www.teachrock.org

Guitar

    Grade:  9-12                          Credit:  ½ per semester

    Prerequisite:  None.

Course Description:  Guitar is a one-semester course covering the basics of the instrument and an application of essential music fundamentals.  Students will learn the basics of playing guitar at a beginning level through studying music notation, chord symbols, and peer modeling.  A brief history of the guitar along with a study of its respective musical styles will also be covered in this course.

The main objective of this course is to create an enhanced appreciation for music through playing the guitar.  Students will learn how to read music notation, chord symbols, and tablature.  Students will also gain a better understanding of many different musical genres including classical, blues, jazz, rock, and pop music. Extensive multimedia and music technology will be utilized in this course.  This course may be taken for two semesters.

First Semester focuses on guitar basics while second semester focuses on trio ensemble work, along with more advanced study of Power chords, Barre Chords, etc. Students must have knowledge of guitar or have taken first semester guitar to sign up for guitar second semester.

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