Course Descriptions

The Music Department offers full academic credit for Concert Band, Concert Choir, and String Orchestra. Semester credit is available for Beginning Music Theory and Piano/Guitar. In addition, honors credit is available in Advanced Placement Music Theory, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Concert Choir. The extra-curricular programs include marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, show choir, chorale, pep band, Broadway musicals and chamber ensembles.


The Music Department offers full academic credit for:

Concert Band
String Orchestra
Concert Choir

Semester credit is available for:

Beginning Music Theory
Piano/Guitar

Honors credit is available for:

Advanced Placement Music Theory
Concert Band
Orchestra
Concert Choir

U120 CONCERT BAND 1 9-10 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: 4 years of ensemble experience or the equivalent and recommendation of the Band Director(s))
Membership in Concert Band 1 is obtained through audition by interested musicians having fifth through ninth grade band experience, or the equivalent, as a prerequisite. In addition, membership in Concert Band 1 is maintained by recommendation of the band director(s), based on the level of performance of required fundamentals and music.

U110 CONCERT BAND 1 (H) 10 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Honor application process)
Honors credit for Concert Band 1 provides an enrichment program for students who have enrolled in U120 Concert Band 1. This enrichment program will include preparation and performance of solo and small ensemble literature, successful preparation and performance at district band auditions, along with one research paper and an end of year project.

U320 CONCERT BAND 2 11-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Concert Band 1 and recommendation of the Band Director(s))
Membership in Concert Band 2 is obtained upon successful completion of the requirements of Concert Band 1, or the equivalent, and also by recommendation of the band director(s). In addition, membership in Concert Band 2 is maintained by recommendation of the band director(s), based on the level of performance of required fundamentals and music.

U310 CONCERT BAND 2 (H) 11-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Honor application process)
Honors credit for Concert Band 2 provides an enrichment program for students who have enrolled in U320 Concert Band 2. This enrichment program will include preparation and performance of solo and small ensemble literature, successful preparation and performance at district band auditions, along with one research paper and an end of year project.

U150 CONCERT CHOIR 9-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Some previous experience in a choral program)
Concert Choir will be a multi-graded choral experience. Students should have some singing experience to participate in this choir. A variety of music will be learned along with techniques of vocal production and music reading. This ensemble will present two to three concerts during the year. There will be additional opportunities during the year for various community performances and small ensemble experiences. Advanced singers are also eligible for participation in district, regional and state festivals as well as the school musical. The Chorale and Show Choir also provide extra-curricular opportunities and include members who are selected by auditions held in the spring of every year. Students should see the choir director for more information.

U151 CONCERT CHOIR (s) 10-12 6/6 0.50

This semester course is designed for students with no room in their schedule for full-year Concert Choir. Students will meet with the regular full-year Concert Choir and will participate in all offerings during the scheduled semester. Students will be eligible for all extra-curricular choral activities by participating in this class.

U350 CONCERT CHOIR (H) 10-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Honors application process)
Honors credit for Choir provides an enrichment program for students who have enrolled in Concert Choir. This enrichment program will include preparation of the district level audition piece, one research paper, and an end of year vocal performance project.

U305 BEGINNING MUSIC THEORY (CP)(s) 10-12 3/6 0.50

This music course is intended for the student who would like to be able to read music better, understand key signatures, chords, rhythm reading, and other aspects of music theory and apply it to the students own instrument. Students will also be exposed to a number of sight reading experiences to strengthen their musical ability.

U300 AP MUSIC THEORY 10-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: AP application process)
This one year course is designed expressly for the serious student who wishes to pursue music or musical performance on the college or professional level. The course content includes history, theory, analysis, composition, conducting, performance techniques and career orientation. Heavy emphasis in this advanced placement curriculum focuses on music theory and ear training (aural skills).

U155 BEGINNING PIANO KEYBOARD, ACOUSTIC GUITAR (s) 10-12 6/6 0.50

This music course is designed for the student interested in current musical trends. A great emphasis is placed on learning to play piano keyboards, synthesizers, and acoustic guitar. No previous musical experience is required for this class, but a level of music reading will be accomplished by the end of the semester. Some time will also be spent on the history of popular music.

U121 ORCHESTRA 1 9-10 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: 4 years of ensemble experience or the equivalent and recommendation of the Orchestra Director)
Membership in Orchestra 1 is obtained through audition by interested musicians having fifth through ninth grade orchestra experience, or the equivalent, as a prerequisite. In addition, membership in Orchestra 1 is maintained by recommendation of the orchestra director, based on the level of performance of required fundamentals and music.

U111 ORCHESTRA 1 (H) 10 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: 4 years of ensemble experience or the equivalent, recommendation of the Orchestra Director and completion of the process of PMEA District Orchestra Audition in grade 9)
Honors credit for Orchestra 1 provides an enrichment program for students who have enrolled in Orchestra 1. This enrichment program will include preparation and performance of solo and small ensemble literature, successful preparation and performance at PMEA district orchestra auditions and performance of an end of year honors recital, along with one research paper and an end of year project. Eligibility for the honors credit will be determined by the Orchestra Director.

U321 ORCHESTRA 2 11-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Orchestra 1 and recommendation of the Orchestra Director)
Membership in Orchestra 2 is obtained upon successful completion of the requirements of Orchestra 1, or the equivalent, and also by recommendation of the Orchestra Director. In addition, membership in Orchestra 2 is maintained by recommendation of the Orchestra Director, based on the level of performance of required fundamentals and music.

U311 ORCHESTRA 2- H 11-12 6/6 1.00

(Prerequisite: Orchestra 1 and recommendation of the Orchestra Director)
Honors credit for Orchestra 2 provides an enrichment program for students who have enrolled in Orchestra 2. This enrichment program will include preparation and performance of solo and small ensemble literature, successful preparation and performance at PMEA district orchestra auditions and performance at an end of year honors recital, along with one research paper and an end of the year project. Eligibility for the Honors credit will be determined by the Orchestra Director.