Music Courses

Band

Marching Band

The Marching Band is an active performing ensemble that studies and performs literature from all genres. Participation in marching band involves music performance, aerobic activity, and outdoor rehearsals in all elements. The band performs at all varsity football games and at organized band competitions as determined by the director. The band may also be required to perform at community and school events scheduled throughout the year.

Participation in the band program is by audition only.  Attendance at all scheduled rehearsals, sections, and performances is mandatory.

Pre-band camp, band camp, and summer rehearsals are mandatory. Students must participate in a Concert Performing Group to be in Marching Band. Students may not take any band independent study.   Two seasons of membership in marching band fulfill the physical education requirement for graduation.

  • Course Number: 600      
  • Duration: 10 weeks       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: A pay-to-participate fee applies

Additional: Taken in conjunction with concert performing bands

Concert Band 1

Concert Band 1 is a select organization comprised of those high school students who show a marked proficiency on their instruments. Literature performed will represent high-level high school program material.  Performances may include winter and spring concerts, OMEA sponsored contests, and commencement exercises.

Membership in this group is determined through auditions of all instrumental students held in the spring prior to each school year and will be limited to an instrumentation determined by the director.

Concert Band 1 will meet five days each week during school with additional rehearsals scheduled by the director. Students may not take any band independent study.

  • Course Number: 606      
  • Duration: 26 weeks       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: None

Additional: In conjunction with Marching Band; band plays as an intermediate-level competition band

Concert Band 2

Concert Band 2 is a select organization comprised of those high school students who show proficiency on their instruments but demonstrate significant growth potential. Literature performed will represent material designed to improve technical skills.  Performances may include winter and spring concerts and OMEA sponsored contest.

Membership in Concert Band 2 will be determined through auditions of all instrumental students held in the spring prior to each school year and will be limited to an instrumentation determined by the director.

Concert Band 2 will meet five days each week during school with additional rehearsals scheduled by the director. Students may not take any band independent study.

  • Course Number: 608      
  • Duration: 26 weeks       
  • Credits: .5          
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: None

Additional: In conjunction with Marching Band; band plays as an entry-level competition band

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is a course designed to provide students with the opportunity to study music through performance in jazz band.  Students will be introduced to and study a wide variety of jazz, Latin, rock and pop music genres and styles.  Students will also learn about basic techniques in jazz improvisation. Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to develop self-discipline, leadership, and communication skills.  Jazz Band is a full year course.

Students must be a member of the school’s Band Program in good standing or have permission from the instructor to enroll in jazz band.  Students must participate in jazz band for the entire year to receive any credit or awards.

Membership/enrollment in jazz band is determined by audition in the spring of each school year.

  • Course Number: 602      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: None

Additional: None

Orchestra

Orchestra 1

Orchestra 1 is a select organization comprised of those high school students who show proficiency on their instruments.  Repertoire performed will include high school level pieces and pieces used to improve string performance techniques. This ensemble will perform 4-7 concerts per year including OMEA sponsored events. Students in this ensemble will focus on posture, technique and other intermediate performance skills including but not limited to bow distribution, tone quality, shifting, and ensemble leadership skills. Orchestra 1 will meet five days each week during school with additional rehearsals scheduled by the director.

  • Course Number: 612      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1                             
  • Grade: 9-12       
  • Fees: None
Orchestra 2

Orchestra 2 is a select organization comprised of those high school students who show advanced proficiency on their instruments. Repertoire performed will include the advanced high school, collegiate, and professional literature.  This ensemble will perform 4-7 concerts per year including OMEA sponsored events. Students in this ensemble will study advanced musicianship and technique including but not limited to shifting, vibrato, phrasing and professional ensemble skills. Orchestra 2 will meet five days each week during school with additional rehearsals scheduled by the director.  Membership in Orchestra 2 is by audition only.

  • Course Number: 613      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1                             
  • Grade: 9-12       
  • Fees: None

Additional: None

Vocal Music

Symphonic Ensemble

A select SSA voice singing group determined through auditions each year. This group will take part in the same concerts and may be a part of the Chamber Ensemble. They will also take part in many other public and school performances. Students auditioning for this group must have a high regard for all types of music and exhibit good self-discipline. Students will be required to attend extra rehearsals as needed. Students will also be required to purchase either all, or a portion of their uniform. Auditions will be conducted during the second semester.

  • Course Number: 614      
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: A pay-to-participate fee applies

Additional: Audition and permission of director required

 

Tenor-Bass Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is open to any student with a tenor-bass range. The choir is required to take part in the autumn, holiday, winter, and spring concerts; contests; festivals; etc.; and other events as announced by the director. Students will be given a schedule of events at the beginning of each year. The director will determine the final size of the choir.

Students will be given a schedule of events at the beginning of each year. The director will determine the final size of the choir.  Auditions will be conducted during second semester.

  • Course Number: 616TB 
  • Duration: Full Year         
  • Credits: 1           
  • Grade: 9-12                       
  • Fees: None

Additional: Permission of director required

Soprano-Alto Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is open to any student with a soprano-alto range. The choir is required to take part in the autumn, holiday, winter, and spring concerts; contests; festivals; etc.; and other events as announced by the director. Students will be given a schedule of events at the beginning of each year. The director will determine the final size of the choir.

  • Course Number: 616SA               
  • Duration: Full Year          
  • Credits: 1                                                         
  • Grade: 9-12        
  • Fees: None

Additional: Permission of director required

Chamber Chorale

A select mixed voice singing group determined through auditions each year. This group will take part in the same concerts and may be a part of the Symphonic Choir. They will also take part in many other public and school performances. Students auditioning for this group must have a high regard for all types of music and exhibit good self-discipline. Students will be required to attend extra rehearsals as needed. Students will also be required to purchase either all, or a portion of, their uniform. Auditions will be conducted during second semester.

  • Course Number: 622                   
  • Duration: Full Year           
  • Credits: 1                                                         
  • Grade: 9-12        
  • Fees: None

Additional: Permission of director required

Advanced Placement Music

AP Music Theory

The AP Music Theory course is equal to a first-year college-level music theory course, covering the material from two separate courses:  written skills and aural skills. Within the course, students will study elements of music such as rhythm, notation, sight singing, rhythmic dictation, keyboard harmony and part writing all within the historical “common practice period” (18th-19th centuries).

There are two goals for this class: 1) that students would be prepared to take the AP Music Theory exam, and 2) that students would have a lifelong ability to understand and appreciate music.

The development of aural skills is a primary objective of the AP Music Theory course. Throughout the course, students listen to musical works attentively and analytically, developing their musical memory and their ability to articulate responses to formal, stylistic, and aesthetic qualities of the works. Performance using singing, keyboard, and students’ primary performance media are also a part of the learning process. Although sight singing is the only performance skill that is directly tested by the AP Exam, training in all these areas will develop the aural skills that are tested. Fluency and quickness with basic materials are essential to success in the course.

  • Course Number: 610AP              
  • Duration: Full Year          
  • Credits: 1                                                         
  • Grade: 11-12      
  • Fees: None

Additional: Required concurrent enrollment in an ensemble or permission from instructor.  The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to such a course. It is also strongly recommended that the student will have acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument; students eligible for free/reduced lunch should check with their counselor about AP exam fee waivers