Music

Elective Graduation Requirements: 7.5 Credits (total for all curriculuar departments)

Selection for the performing music ensembles such as band, chorus, and orchestra are open to all students.  Students in any instrumental organization must have played an instrument prior to selecting either course.  Selection for Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and Music Theory are based upon audition or teacher recommendation.

Participation in performance-oriented courses requires student attendance and participation in concerts and rehearsals outside the school day as part of the course work. Music ensembles are scheduled during the flex period to enable students to select several scheduled performance ensembles.
CHAMBER SINGERS (FULL YEAR)
777006
1 Credit      1.01 Weight 
Prerequisite(s): Audition 

Chamber Singers is an advanced level performance-oriented course. Students have the opportunity to study and perform various styles of choral music which are considerably more difficult than those in lower level courses. Because of the nature of this course, students are required to devote out-of-school time to rehearsal and performance as outlined by the instructor at the beginning of the year.  Sectional rehearsals are a part of this experience and are scheduled on an individual or small group basis.


CHAMBER SINGERS (FULL YEAR)
777008
.5 Credit      1.01 Weight
Prerequisite(s): Audition 

This half-credit course mirrors the content of Chamber Singers and should be selected only in conjunction with symphonic wind ensemble.  


CONCERT CHOIR (FULL YEAR)
777010
1 Credit      1.0 Weight  
Prerequisite(s): Discussion with Guidance Counselor/Ability to Match Pitch

This course offers students an opportunity to study and perform various styles of choral music. Solo singing techniques, sight reading, and part-singing are presented. Sometime after school is required for rehearsals and performances. These are outlined by the instructor at the beginning of the year. Sectional rehearsals are a part of this experience and are scheduled on an individual or small group basis.


CONCERT CHOIR (FULL YEAR) 
777015
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight
Prerequisite(s): Discussion with Guidance Counselor/Ability to Match Pitch

This half-credit course mirrors the content of Concert Choir.  This course option is intended for those students who share their time with band, orchestra, or other music ensemble.  Other requests must have preapproval from the course teacher.   


CONCERT BAND (FULL YEAR) 
777100
1 Credit      1.0 Weight 

Concert Band is a performance-oriented course that aims to develop a high degree of musicianship in each student using band literature from all areas, including classical transcriptions, Broadway shows, marches, and contemporary educational experiences. Other groups offering additional opportunities as an outgrowth of the band include jazz ensembles, brass ensembles, and woodwind ensembles. Students must demonstrate an ability to perform on an instrument at an acceptable level to allow for success or, in some instances, a desire to learn how to play a musical instrument. Due to the nature of this course, it is understood that rehearsals and concerts outside of the school day are required. Sectional rehearsals are a part of this experience and are scheduled on an individual or small group basis.


CONCERT BAND (FULL YEAR) 
777105
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight 

This half-credit course mirrors the content of Concert Band. This course option is intended for those students who share their time with chorus or orchestra.


ORCHESTRA (FULL YEAR) 

777400
1 Credit      1.0 Weight

This performance-oriented course offers string students an opportunity to study and perform a wide variety of music literature from the standard orchestra repertoire in addition to contemporary and popular music.  Orchestra members are encouraged to study solo literature and to participate in small in-school ensembles as well as audition for groups such as the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and PMEA District 7 Orchestra.  Lessons and sectional rehearsals are part of this experience and are scheduled on an individual basis.  Due to the nature of the course, it is understood that rehearsals and concerts outside of the school day are required.  


ORCHESTRA (FULL YEAR)  
777405
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight

This half-credit course mirrors the content of Orchestra. This course is intended for students who share their time with Chorus or Band.


SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE (FULL YEAR)
777510
1 Credit      1.01 Weight
Prerequisite(s): Audition

This course is an advanced level performance-oriented course which aims to further an already proficient level of musicianship in those students who are interested in performing advanced band literature. All aspects of literature are examined, with special emphasis on those areas that offer a challenge to each musician. Additional ensembles are an outgrowth of this group as offered above. Due to the nature of this course, it is understood that rehearsals and performances outside of the school day are required. Sectional rehearsals are a part of this experience and are scheduled on an individual or small group basis. 


SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE (FULL YEAR)
777512
 .5 Credit      1.01 Weight 
Prerequisite(s): Audition 

This half-credit course mirrors the content of Symphonic Wind Ensemble and should be selected only in conjunction with Chamber Singers.


COMPREHENSIVE MUSICIANSHIP (SEMESTER)
777311
.5 Credit      1.01 Weight 
Prerequisite(s): Recommendation of Instructor

Comprehensive Musicianship I explores multiple facets of music in order to provide students with a solid foundation for superior performance skills and a fundamental understanding for the art form. Students will be involved in music theory and composition, ear training, music technology, piano, and the history and literature of music.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY
777321
1 Credit      1.06 Weight
AP
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory Completion of Comprehensive Musicianship with Teacher Recommendation.

This course is an introductory college-level music course for highly motivated students.  Students cultivate understanding of music theory through analyzing performed and notated music as they explore concepts like pitch, rhythm, form and musical design.  This includes aural, written, creative, and analytical components.  Students will be listening to and analyzing a wide variety of music including standard Western tonal music, contemporary art music, jazz, popular music, and world music.  The course is offered to students at both high schools but is taught at Cedar Cliff.  

 

JAZZ IMPROVISATION AND SMALL ENSEMBLE TECHNIQUES (SEMESTER) 
777313
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight 
Prerequisite(s): Audition and Teacher Recommendation

Jazz Improvisation and Small Ensemble Techniques engages students in small group explorations of repertoire and exercises designed to develop musicianship, self-expression and creativity through improvisation.


MUSIC RECORDING TECHNOLOGY
777515 
1 Credit      1.0 Weight

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the current uses of computers, synthesizers and software associated with the contemporary music industry while developing a foundation of music theory and musicianship. 

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