Course Offerings

GOALS: Courses will include studies and etudes at appropriate levels for improving technique, tone, articulation, and musicality. The major focus of these courses is to prepare and perform standard wind band, orchestral, and jazz literature. On completion of these courses students will be able to: Perform works from wind band, orchestral, and jazz literature appropriate to the groups’ musical proficiency. Perform exercises (scales, scale patterns, and etudes) essential to develop technical mastery of each instrument and the group. Recognize and define basic elements of music notation (Staff, clef, notes, dynamic markings, tempo markings, key signature, etc.) Demonstrate the ability to work successfully as a group, while performing with high levels of accuracy and musicality.

GRADES: Instrumental music grades will be based on the following: Technical improvement Mastery of assigned music assessed by playing tests, quizzes, and performances. Attendance at rehearsals and performances. Contribution to a positive rehearsal environment measured by promptness, orderly behavior, support of classmates, preparedness (parts learned, instrument in working order, and music with pencil on stand at all times). It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of the A/B Day schedule and bring their music and instrument on the correct rehearsal day. Without proper materials the student will not be able to fully participate.

CHALLENGES: Every student will perform a prepared piece of music at the beginning of each semester to determine chair placement. If a student practices diligently and would like to improve their position in the section they may challenge the student in front of them. Both students must report to a band director and announce the challenge. The band director will then select music and an audition time for both students. There will be no challenges two weeks prior to a performance.

ATTENDANCE: Students are required to attend all rehearsals and performances. Make-up work will be given as a written assignment or playing test for all missed performances. All performances will be treated as major tests and will be a part of the respective quarter grade: It is important for students to remain eligible to be able to participate in these events. Please refer to the student handbook for detailed information.

Please note the following: One un-excused absence from a performance will result in a drop of two letter grades Two un-excused absences in the same semester will result in failure of the course Any student who is ineligible or unable to perform a concert must turn in a journal two weeks prior to the date of the concert.

Course Descriptions

BAND FRONT (Colorguard): Course #: 650806R (Academic) ½ credit Band Front is a multi-leveled course designed to engage students in independent and collaborative learning activities that will help them visually interpret and enhance the musical performance of the marching band. Students gain technical and stylistic proficiency in individual skills and ensemble skills through performance of routine. Students explore the basic elements of music as well as historical and cultural context to extend knowledge for musical interpretation. Successful completion of the course should provide technical skills and knowledge of music to enable students to create performances which are precise, accurate, and exciting. Students are encouraged to repeat the course to continue their technical and creative growth. Prerequisites and other notes: Permission of the instructor is required prior to selecting this activity. Band Front will not be used to help satisfy Fine Arts requirement. It may be repeated for credit.

BAND I CONCERT BAND: Course #: 650016A (Academic) 1 credit HONORS SYMPHONIC BAND Course #: 652018A (Honors) 1 credit

HONORS WIND ENSEMBLE: Course #: 650418A (Honors) 1 credit Three levels of band are offered, Band I, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. Wind Ensemble utilizes materials more technically demanding than those for Band I and Symphonic Band. Wind Ensemble is designed for the student of advanced ability level. All Band Classes focus on the study of traditional band literature as well as transcriptions of great orchestral literature. Students will advance in technical skill, stylistic understanding of historical background, and aesthetic awareness through the study and performance of quality music literature. The instrumental music teacher will place students in the organization which, in his/her best judgment, will provide the most beneficial educational experience for the individual. Performances at school and community events are an integral part of the program. Participation in the public performances is a required component of this course. Instruction in the honors level performing organizations will include foundations in music theory to prepare students for participation in Advanced Placement Music Theory. Prerequisites and other notes: Band may be repeated for credit. Participation in this class is required for students to be eligible should they chose to participate in Marching Band, All-County and All-State organizations.

ORCHESTRA: Course # 652418A (academic) Orchestral activities focus on the study of music through orchestral performance. All qualified string instrumentalists are assigned to this group. The instrumental music teacher selects wind and percussion players on the basis of qualifying auditions. Prerequisites and other notes: Orchestra may be repeated for credit

HONORS STAGE BAND (Jazz Band): Course #: 651618A (Honors) 1 credit This activity provides the opportunity for the study of dance band, jazz, and popular music. The stylistic elements of performance as well as some of the important artists and music of the jazz and popular field will be studied. The Stage Band is made up of qualified students selected on the basis of performing skill and required instrumentation. Instruction in the honors level performing organizations will include foundations in music theory to prepare students for participation in Advanced Placement Music Theory. Prerequisites and other notes: Permission of the band director is required prior to selecting this activity. Stage Band may be repeated for credit.

MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE: Course #: 653206R (Academic) ½ credit Course#: 653216A (Academic) 1 credit This is an introductory course for students who wish to study music from ancient times to the present. This course encompasses all periods, styles, and cultures. Technical knowledge of music is not necessary to enroll.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC: Course #: 650906R (Academic) ½ credit Course#: 650916R (Academic) 1 credit Students will learn how to use the computer, music synthesizer, and sequencer to produce musical compositions. They will experience increases in computer knowledge, musical notation and composition and digital sequencing. This course may be taken in sequence with music theory.

INDEPENDENT STUDY: – MUSIC Course #: 656806 (Academic) ½ credit 656816 (Academic) 1 credit Where facilities and equipment permit, provision for independent study is recommended. Individualized listening centers and sound isolated practice areas are necessary. Independent study may be scheduled for vocal music students, instrumental music students, music theory, music literature, piano, conducting, etc. Students may also serve as teaching assistants in various capacities. Prerequisites and other notes: Permission of the instructor and approval of the principal are required.

HONORS MUSIC THEORY: Course #: 653608R (Honors) ½ credit Students gain academic proficiency in reading and writing music notation, scales and intervals, basic harmony, basic melody, and form. Successful completion of the course will provide an understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form, thereby equipping the students to better understand existing music and to compose music using the principles of music theory as a guide. Training on notation software will be included when available. By the end of the course the student will compose a short original composition utilizing four-part chorale texture, and score it for a mixed quartet of instruments. This course will provide the students foundations in music theory in preparation for Advanced Placement Music Theory. Prerequisites and other notes: Students must have completed one credit in Exploring Music .

AP MUSIC THEORY: Course #: 656519R (AP) 1 credit AP Music Theory is an advanced level course designed to engage students in learning activities that will help them to achieve the outcomes measured by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Music Theory Examination. The design of the AP Music Theory course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. These abilities will be developed through knowledge in aural skills, sight singing skills, written skills, compositional skills, and analytical skills. Students are encouraged to sit for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Music Theory examination. Prerequisites and other notes: Students must successfully complete Honors level performance course or Honors level Music Theory. The Music Program of Studies is available at the Carroll County Public Schools website.

The Music Program of Studies is available at the Carroll County Public Schools website.