Music

Course Titles

Music 7Music 8Jr. High BandJr. High ChoirMusic in Our LivesMusic Theory & CompositionHigh School BandHigh School ChoirHigh School Jazz EnsembleSelect Choir

Course Descriptions

Music 7

Grades: 7 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: N/A – 20-week class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This class focuses on reading and performing music on the guitar and keyboard. Building on skills learned in Grades K-6 music, students will learn how to practice an instrument with the intention of mastering songs and pieces of music. On the guitar, students will learn chord progressions in the Key of G, strumming patterns, standard notation, and TAB notation. On the piano, students will learn to play two-handed melodies, as well as play a melody accompanied by chords in the Key of C. Students will also use computers to compose, edit, and publish pieces of music they create electronically. Students are graded on written tests/quizzes, performance tests, and individual/group projects.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the NYSED Jr. High requirements for music.

Music 8

Grades: 8 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: N/A – 20-week class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This class focuses on further development of guitar and keyboard skills. Building on guitar skills learned in Music 7, students will learn chords in the Key of C, the Key of D, and how to transpose. Using their reading skills, students will learn simple classical melodies and pieces using standard notation, as well as rock/pop riffs and melodies using TAB notation. On the piano, students will continue to learn songs with choral accompaniment and transpose in the Key of C, Key of G, Key of D, and Key of A. Students will also continue using computers to compose, edit, and publish pieces of music they create electronically, with the goal of creating their own music video. Students are graded on written tests/quizzes, performance tests, and individual/group projects.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the NYSED Jr. High requirement for music.

Jr. High Band

Grades: 7-8 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: The group rehearses every other school day with the goal of performing at three different concerts during the school year. This is a class where singing skills are taught and improved upon. There are no auditions and students are never pressured to sing alone. The only requirement is concert attendance. Students enrolled in this course receive a small-group vocal lesson once in a six-day rotation.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course is an elective opportunity for students in grades 7 and 8.

Jr. High Choir

Grades: 7-8 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: The group rehearses every other school day with the goal of performing at three different concerts during the school year. This is a class where singing skills are taught and improved upon. There are no auditions and students are never pressured to sing alone. The only requirement is concert attendance. Students enrolled in this course receive a small-group vocal lesson once in a six-day rotation.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used as part of the state graduation requirement for fine arts and can be used an elective.

Music in Our Lives

Grades: 9-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: Students will learn about the styles of music that led to the creation of rock music, and learn about various kinds of rock that developed after its appearance in the 1950’s. Additionally, each student will spend a significant amount of time practicing skill and songs on either piano or guitar. Course Content:  First semester: performance on instrument of choice and the roots of rock.  Second semester: further development of rock styles.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirement for fine arts and can be used as an elective.

Music Theory & Composition

Grades: 9-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: Students will learn about the elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, and harmony. Students will also work to improve their aural (ear-training) skills and learn the basics of music composition and arranging. Over the course of this class, students will sing, play the piano, compose original songs, and create choral and/or instrumental arrangements of classical pieces and popular music. This course is intended for students who have a strong background with music, either through performing in an ensemble, or private study.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirement for fine arts and can be used as an elective.

High School Band

Grades: 9-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: The group rehearses every other school day with the goal of performing at three different concerts during the school year. This is a class where skills are taught and improved upon. In addition, every band member receives an instructional lesson once every six days. There are no auditions and the only requirement is concert attendance. 

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used as part of the state graduation requirement for fine arts and can be used an elective.

High School Choir

Grades: 9-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 credit – full-year class that meets every other day
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: The group rehearses every other school day with the goal of performing at three different concerts during the school year. This is a class where singing skills are taught and improved upon. There are no auditions and students are never pressured to sing alone. The only requirement is concert attendance. Students enrolled in this course receive a small-group vocal lesson once in a six-day rotation.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used as part of the state graduation requirement for fine arts and can be used an elective.

High School Jazz Ensemble

Grades: 9-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 credit – full-year class that meets every other day
Prerequisite: Enrolled in High School Band and teacher recommendation
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: Students in Jazz Band are recommended by the director and are required to be enrolled in Senior High Band as well.  The group rehearses every other school day with the goal of performing at three different concerts during the school year. There are usually additional performances such as school and community functions and competitions. Music is chosen by the director with input from students.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used as part of the state graduation requirement for fine arts and can be used an elective.

Select Choir

Grades: 9-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 0.5 – full-year class that meets every other day
Prerequisite: Students must be recommended by the director. Students must have choral experience as well as good music reading and aural skills to be recommended.
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: The group rehearses every other school day with the goal of performing at three different concerts during the school year. There are usually additional performances such as school functions and competitions.  Music is chosen by the director with input from students. There is an expectation of attendance at after school rehearsals.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course can be used as part of the state graduation requirement for fine arts and can be used an elective.