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Music

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Course Titles and Descriptions

Five Unit Sequence in Music

Three units in a performance course and two units in music knowledge courses.  Band, chorus and orchestra grades WILL be included in computing class rank.  Band, chorus and orchestra grades must be 90 or above for honor roll and 85 or above for merit roll.

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Course Titles and Descriptions

671 Symphonic Band E (P)674 Wind Ensemble E (P)627L Mixed Chorus 9-10 E627T Mixed Chorus 11-12 E673L Orchestra 9-10 E673T Orchestra 11-12 E (P)675L/675T Band/Chorus E (P)676 Wind Ensemble/Chorus E (P)677L/677T Orchestra/Chorus E (P)685 World Music Ensemble E (P)661 Music Theory 1 E662 Music Theory 2 E (P)663 Music Theory 3 E (P)664 Music Theory 4 E (P)682 Songwriting E (P)667 Music Technology E (P)668 Advanced Music Technology E (P)680 Guitar683 Music in Our Lives 1 E684 Music Foundations 1 E679 Music Foundations 2Applied Music (Private Music Study) 

671 Symphonic Band E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Band in the preceding year or permission of the Department Supervisor.

Symphonic Band enables students to further develop musicianship and skills on their instruments and to experience live performance. Each band member is expected to participate in all assigned performances. Lessons are required of all students in band. Students are excused from regular classes to attend lessons. Students taking private music lessons will have the option of whether or not to participate in school lessons. A rotating schedule of lesson times is planned so no student should be excused from the same class more than once in each 4 weeks of school.

674 Wind Ensemble E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: 

  1. Required audition in Spring of previous year.
  2. Requirements for Wind Ensemble instrumentation will be followed as set forth by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).

Students in grades 9 through 12 may audition for Wind Ensemble. Each band member is expected to participate in all assigned band performances. Lessons are required of all students. Students taking private music lessons have the option of whether or not to participate in school lessons. Students are excused from regular classes to attend lessons. A rotating schedule of lesson times is planned so no student should be excused from the same class more than once in each 4 weeks of school. More advanced wind and percussion players may be assigned to participate in orchestra to provide symphony orchestra experience.

627L Mixed Chorus 9-10 E

Full Year – 1 Unit

Chorus 9-10 is in two sections. One section meets the same period as Band and Orchestra 9-10. Students in 9-10 Chorus will learn proper vocal techniques, music reading skills, breath control, and overall poise and confidence in their singing ability. The Chorus will perform music from many time periods and cultures. Each chorus member is expected to participate in all scheduled concerts for school and community audiences. Lessons are required of all students in Chorus.  Students are excused from study hall and regular classes to attend lessons. A rotating schedule of lesson times is planned so that no student should be excused from the same class more than once every 5 weeks of school.

627T Mixed Chorus 11-12 E

Full Year – 1 Unit

Chorus 11-12 is in two sections. One section meets the same period as Band; one section meets the same period as Wind Ensemble and Orchestra 11-12. Students in 11-12 Chorus will continue to develop proper vocal techniques, music reading skills, breath control, and overall poise and confidence in their singing ability. Each chorus member is expected to participate in all scheduled concerts for school and community audiences. Lessons are required of all students in Chorus.  Students are excused from study hall and regular classes to attend lessons. A rotating schedule of lesson times is planned so that no student should be excused from the same class more than once every 5 weeks of school.

673L Orchestra 9-10 E

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Orchestra in the preceding year or permission of the Department Supervisor. 

The 9-10 Orchestra is composed of students who play violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Students in the 9-10 Orchestra will develop technique, musicianship and performance skills as an ensemble. Each orchestra member is expected to participate in all performances scheduled for school and community audiences. Lessons are required of all students in Orchestra. Students are excused from regular classes to attend lessons. A rotating schedule of lesson times is planned so no student should be excused from the same class more than once every 4 weeks of school.

673T Orchestra 11-12 E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Orchestra in the preceding year or permission of the Department Supervisor. 

The 11-12 Orchestra is composed of students who play violin, viola, cello, or string bass. The 11-12 Orchestra will combine with members of the Wind Ensemble to perform as a Symphonic Orchestra. Students will continue to develop technique, musicianship and performance skills as an ensemble. Each orchestra member is expected to participate in all performances scheduled for school and community audiences. Lessons are required of all students in Orchestra.  Students are excused from regular classes to attend lessons. A rotating schedule of lesson times is planned so that no student should be excused from the same class more than once every 4 weeks of school.

675L/675T Band/Chorus E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Same as Symphonic Band.

Students who desire to enroll in both Band and Chorus during the same class period can enroll in 675 Band/Chorus. Grades 9-10 enroll in 675L (LaFollette); students in 11-12 enroll in 675T (Taft). Students alternate rehearsal days between the two ensembles. See the Symphonic Band and Chorus course descriptions for more information. In September, students will sign up to take lessons in only one of the two courses.

676 Wind Ensemble/Chorus E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Same as Wind Ensemble.

Students who desire to enroll in both Wind Ensemble and Chorus during the same class period can enroll in 676 Wind Ens/Chorus. Wind Ensemble is scheduled the same period as 11-12 Chorus; students in Wind Ensemble/Chorus are thus enrolled in the 11-12 Chorus regardless of their grade level. Students alternate rehearsal days between the two ensembles. See the Wind Ensemble and Chorus course descriptions for more information. In September, students will sign up to take lessons in only one of the two courses.

677L/677T Orchestra/Chorus E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Same as Orchestra.

Students who desire to enroll in both Orchestra and Chorus during the same class period can enroll in 677 Orchestra/Chorus. Grades 9-10 enroll in 677L (LaFollette); students in 11-12 enroll in 677T (Taft). Students alternate rehearsal days between the two ensembles. See the Orchestra and Chorus course descriptions for more information. In September, students will sign up to take lessons in only one of the two courses.

685 World Music Ensemble E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of band, chorus, or orchestra in the preceding year or permission of the Department Supervisor. 

Students who take this full-year performance course will learn various styles of music used throughout the world. Included in the curriculum are various instrumental techniques and styles. Students will learn drumming styles and music from various countries. Students who participate in this group have the opportunity to become well-rounded musicians. Each World Music member is expected to participate in all scheduled concerts for school and community audiences.

661 Music Theory 1 E

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

Music Theory 1 studies the practices and possibilities of music, a way to explain and discuss what we hear. The course will include the fundamentals of notation, structures of chords and melodies, melodic and rhythmic dictation and ear training. As preparation for further study in Music Theory, emphasis will be placed on developing skills in analyzing music by ear and on developing the music literacy skills to read and write music, including specific melodic and harmonic elements.

This course is recommended for music sequence or performance students.

662 Music Theory 2 E (P)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Music Theory 1 or permission of the Department Supervisor. 

Music Theory 2 will continue the study of rudiments of music, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and will introduce four-part harmony in a classical tradition. This course is recommended for music sequence or performance students, and strongly recommended for any student wishing to pursue music in college.

663 Music Theory 3 E (P)

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Music Theory 2 or permission of the Department Supervisor.

Students will continue the study of dictation, ear training and four-part harmony including inversions and seventh chords. This course is recommended for music sequence or performance students, and strongly recommended for any student wishing to pursue music in college.

664 Music Theory 4 E (P)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Music Theory 3 or permission of the Department Supervisor. 

Students in this course will continue the study of classical harmonic practices, including preparation for the Advanced Placement exam in Music Theory. This course is recommended for music sequence or performance students, and strongly recommended for any student wishing to pursue music in college.

682 Songwriting E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of either one year in a SHS performing group or Music Theory 1.

This course aims to introduce students to the practice of songwriting through workshop-formatted classes. It will explore the ingredients of a song – lyrics, melody, delivery, harmony, rhythm, form, texture, timbre, and arrangement – through analysis, composition, recording technologies, performance, and concert reports.

**Pending BOE Approval

667 Music Technology E (P)

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of either one year in a SHS performing group or Music Theory 1.

This course will serve as an introduction to the technology used in music recording, editing and production. Students will learn about the history of music technology and about careers in related fields. They will create electronic compositions, edit and produce music, and record live performances in a simulated studio environment. Class size is limited and, if necessary, preferential scheduling will be given to upperclassmen.

668 Advanced Music Technology E (P)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music Technology.

Advanced students will work on a project-based curriculum related to electronic composition, editing and arranging music, and recording. Class size is limited, and if necessary, preferential scheduling will be given to upperclassmen.

680 Guitar

Full Year – 1 Unit

This course is for grades 9-12 students who would like to participate in an acoustic guitar course offering at Shaker High School. The course is designed for students who do not already play guitar but would like to learn. Students may have previous experience on another instrument but it is not required. The course will cover the following topics: strumming, basic chords, flat picking, finger picking, reading tablature, reading chord notation, reading chord charts, guitar maintenance and basic song form. Students may bring in their own acoustic guitar but one will be provided for students who do not own an instrument.

**Pending BOE Approval

683 Music in Our Lives 1 E

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

This basic level course, combined with Music in Our Lives 2, is designed to satisfy the Regents requirement in art or music and is open to all students. Through guided listening and discussion, students will be confronted with the role that music plays in their lives and with the ways it has affected the lives of others throughout history. Besides factual knowledge exploring the evolution of music, the student will learn basic music notation, analysis and performance skills. Each student will experience music directly by using these basic skills to perform and create music. Special interest music projects will be assigned.

684 Music Foundations 1 E

Full year – 1 unit

Supervisor Recommendation Required

This course will build students’ knowledge about various musical forms and sounds, and develop students’ interpersonal skills, aptitudes and abilities through a range of experiences. Students will create, perform, respond to, and connect with music. Students will collaborate with one another and build a sense of community in the classroom and beyond. They will develop a creative purpose through music and communicate intent through performance.

**Pending BOE Approval

679 Music Foundations 2

Full Year – 1 Unit

Supervisor Recommendation Required

This course will continue to build students’ knowledge about various musical forms and sounds, and develop students’ interpersonal skills, aptitudes and abilities through a range of experiences. Students will use a variety of hands-on traditional and digital instruments to create, perform, respond to, and connect with music. They will collaborate with one another and build a sense of community in the classroom and beyond. Students will develop a creative purpose through music and communicate intent through performance.

**Pending BOE Approval

Applied Music (Private Music Study)

Students may earn one-half credit for private study outside the school by meeting the following requirements:

  1. The student must have completed one year of private study without credit.
  2. The student must receive 1/2 hour of instruction each week for 36 weeks and must practice a minimum of 5 hours per week. 
  3. The student must perform an examination for the District Music Supervisor before credit will be allowed. 
  4. Quarterly reports must be filled out and have a grade issued by the private music teacher.  Private study should focus on solos, methods, and technique development, at a level that is beyond that which the student would receive in the regular high school music program.

Applications will be made available by the District Music Supervisor at the beginning of each school year, and must be submitted to the Supervisor no later than September 30.  A total of two credits may be earned over a period of four years.  Applied Music will not meet the graduation requirement for one credit of art/music study, and it may not be used as a part of a five credit fine arts sequence. 

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