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Music Education in the High School

Course Offerings

Performing Ensembles:

Symphonic Band
Wind Ensemble
World Music

Combined courses
Wind Ensemble/Chorus

Music Knowledge Courses

Music Theory 1
Music Theory 2
Music Theory 3
Music Theory 4 (AP exam)
Music in Our Lives 1
Music in Our Lives 2
Music Technology
Advanced Music Technology


Counterpoint Strings
Dixieland Jazz
Jazz Ensemble
Marching Band
Pep Band
Shaker Select
Belle Voce and 8VA (Soprano/Alto)
Revolving Suspenders (Tenor/Bass Barbershop)

Each music club rehearses after school and is specially selected. The groups provide enrichment opportunities to experience music, and a great deal of enjoyment for the participants. They perform at school concerts and within the community and have won numerous awards.

Tri-M Music Honor Society -Chapter # 4097

Tri-M is a national music honor society sponsored by MENC: The National Association for Music Education. Its purposes are to honor students for outstanding academic achievement overall and in music, and to encourage service and dedication to the arts and community.

The selection process for Tri-M begins in the fall. Eligible music students (based on music participation and GPA criteria) are invited to apply for consideration. The induction ceremony is held in the spring.

The SHS Chapter is proud to have inducted many honorary members.

Applied Music (private music study)

Students may earn one-half credit for private study outside the school if they:

  • Previously completed one year of private study without credit
  • Receive 30 minutes of instruction each week for 36 weeks and practice for a minimum of five hours per week (averaged over the year.)
  • Satisfactorily complete an examination for the District Music Supervisor or submit an NYSSMA score.
  • File quarterly reports, which must include a grade issued by the private music teacher.

Private study should focus on solos, methods, and technique development at a level beyond which the student would receive in the regular music program.

Applications are available at the beginning of each school year and must be submitted to the District Music Supervisor no later than Sept. 30.

Students may earn a maximum of two credits over a four-year period. Applied Music does not meet the graduation requirements for one credit of art/music study and may not be used as part of a three- or five-credit fine arts sequence.

Shaker Music Letter

SHS music students have the option of applying to earn a Shaker letter in music each of their four years in high school. Students who participate in performance or service-related activities while in HS may be able to earn enough points for the letter. The first award is a small letter; second year a pin; third year a large letter; fourth year a large pin. Students should see their music teachers for an application or information.