Music Courses

Choral Music 1 (Course 734)

Grades 9-10

1 Credit                                                                                                                                         

Full Year

Mixed Choir is a freshman and sophomore chorus that explores and performs a diverse repertoire of music from the periods of European classical music: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Pre-1945, Post-1945, as well as jazz, gospel, pop and music from non-European cultures. It is a beginner course in performing music and developing individual talent.  In this course, emphasis is placed on the equal balance of learning vocal sound production techniques, as well as applying the learned musical forms, vocal score reading, analysis and arranging.  The Yale School of Music will provide various opportunities for student participation in extra-curricular activities.

 

Choral Music 2 (Course 735)

Grades 11-12

2 Credits                                                                                                                                     

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing Grade in Choral Music 1

Advanced Choir is an advanced course in which junior and senior students are required to perform a variety of musical forms, broadening their musical knowledge.  As students continue to grow in their musical experience, they will be exposed to more in depth analysis of how musical concepts relate to the historical vocal performances of various musical periods and genres they will study. The Yale School of Music will provide various opportunities for student participation in extra-curricular activities.

 

Music Theory 1 (Course 740)                                                            

Grades 9-10

1 Credit                                                                                                           

Full Year

The primary goal of Music Theory 1 is to introduce students to basic musical skills and the development of listening and ear training, as well as reading and analyzing musical notation. Students are responsible for demonstrating adequate performance skills in the following areas: Identification of basic musical symbols, key signatures, intervals, scales and modes, rhythm, and meter.

 

Music Theory 2 (Course 741)

Grade 10

1 Credit                                                                                                           

Full Year

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Music Theory 1, or Teacher Recommendation

Music Theory 2 will be a continuation of Music Theory 1, challenging students further in the areas of writing, analysis, and reading of musical notation.  Keyboard and sight-singing skills may also be introduced.

 

Music Theory 3 (Course 742)

Grade 10

1 Credit                                                                                                           

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

Music Theory 3 is a Pre-AP, Honors course, challenging students further in the areas of writing, analysis, and reading of musical notation.  Keyboard and sight-singing skills will also be developed.

 

AP Music Theory (Course 744)

Grades 11 or 12

1 Credit                                                                                                           

Full Year

Prerequisite: Two years of Music Theory and Teacher Recommendation

AP Music Theory is offered to highly self-motivated juniors and seniors who have two years of music theory background or equivalent and who may be anticipating the study of music in college. AP Music Theory offers an interesting, rigorous, and quick moving course that explores the development of 18th and 19th century harmonic practices and how those practices apply to today’s musical environments.  Students must demonstrate a high level of experience on their major instrument or voice and should have significant music reading abilities and a good understanding of the materials covered in theory 1 and 2.  Participation in classroom performances of student music is mandatory.  The annual AP examination score will appear on the student transcript and can be used to apply for course waivers when they go to college.

Composition/Arranging (Course 762)

Grades 11 or 12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation

Using the audio production software, LogicPro, and the notation software, Sibelius7, this class will introduce students to the basic techniques of music composition and arranging.  Musical projects will range from simple Gregorian chant and two-part harmonizations, to complex scores featuring medium to large ensembles. Projects will include traditional ‘classical’ music for smaller ensembles, but the main focus will be on commercial genres such as: pop songs, TV & Radio commercials, long-form infomercials, short-films and theatrical-film scores.  As the course progresses, the projects will become increasingly complex and will begin to reflect the unique talents and artistic direction of each student. Piano skills are not a prerequisite for the course, however piano skills in tandem with important compositional techniques will be developed daily over the course of the class.

 

Recording Arts (Course 793)

Grade 11 or 12

1 Credit                                                                                                           

Full Year

Do you love music? Do you have music in your head but just don’t know how to perform it? Would you like to learn more about music and how you can write your own? This hands-on course for beginning through advanced musicians is a step-by-step approach on how to create, record and save music with a computer using software such as Garageband and Logic Pro 9. This class is will utilize synthesizers and computers to create musical compositions. More advanced music composition techniques will be explored as well as piano keyboard skills and music theory.

 

Survey of Band (Course 763)

Grades 9-10                                                           

1 Credit                                                                                                     

Full Year

Survey of Band is an exploratory course that provides young woodwind, brass, rhythm section, and percussion students with an opportunity to participate in a performing ensemble suitable to their performance level. Beginners will be evaluated on an individual basis and assigned an appropriate instrument that reflects the needs of the program. Students will work on fundamental concepts of playing in addition to learning jazz and concert band or percussion ensemble literature. Students will also learn basic jazz improvisational techniques.

Over the course of grades 9 and 10, students will be required to demonstrate mastery on a major instrument.  Based upon a student’s performance in grades 9 and 10 and declared major instrument, students will be selected for the various performance ensemble courses offered in grades 11 and 12.

CORE BAND Classes for Grades 11 and 12

Students are placed in two of the following CORE BAND classes:

 

Concert Jazz Band (Course 769)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                 

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation based upon mastery of a declared instrument demonstrated in grade 9-10 Survey of Band or live performance evaluation.

Concert Jazz Band is an advanced Jazz Band designed for selected saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and rhythm section players who have two or more years of performance experience on their declared instrument. The main objectives of this ensemble are: 1) authentic jazz performance; 2) high level music reading: and 3) improvisation. Students will play from a variety of standard Jazz repertoire including arrangements, lead sheets, and other college preparatory works.

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Wind Ensemble (Course 794)

Grades 9-12

1 Credit                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation based upon mastery of a declared instrument demonstrated in grade 9-10 Survey of Band or live performance evaluation.

Wind Ensemble will accommodate students who have two or more years of performance experience on their declared instrument. The objectives are to focus on authentic performance of Wind Band literature and high level music reading.  Students will play from a variety of genres within the standard Concert Band literature as well as other college preparatory work.

 

Percussion Ensemble (Course 736)

Grades 9-12

1 Credit                                                                                       

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation based upon performance in grade 9-10 Survey of Band or live performance evaluation.

Percussion Ensemble is a performance based class that exposes students to various instruments of the percussion world. The objectives are: 1) reading music; 2) playing in ensembles, and 3) the healthy approach to playing percussion instruments. Students will play from a variety of multicultural genres and have several performance opportunities.

Priority placement given to band students.  Limited to 12 students

 

Piano Class (Course 745)

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                 

1 Credit                                                                       

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation based upon performance in grade 9-10 Survey of Band or live performance evaluation.

Piano will provide group instruction to students at various levels of piano proficiency. The objective is to focus on healthy performance techniques, music reading, and music theory applied to the keyboard.  Students will show growth by performing in class and outside of class on a periodic basis.

Priority placement given to band students.  Limited to 10 students

 

Guitar Studio (Course 761)    

Grades 11-12

1 Credit               

Full Year

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation based upon performance in grade 9-10 Survey of Band or live performance evaluation.

Guitar will provide group instruction to students at various levels of guitar proficiency. The objective is to focus on healthy performance techniques, music reading, and music theory applied to the guitar.  Students will show growth by performing in class and outside of class on a periodic basis. Students must provide their own working guitar and have the ability to keep it in good working order.

Priority placement given to band students.  Limited to 10 students

 

Instrumental Strings 1 (Course 757)

Grades 9-10

1 Credit                                                                                                           

Full Year

Prerequisite: One or Two years playing experience

Instrumental Strings 1 provides string players (violin, viola, cello & bass) with an opportunity to participate in a performing ensemble suitable to their performance level.  Students who have one or two years playing experience may enroll in this course. They will work on fundamental concepts of playing, including:  tuning, posture, scales and arpeggios, shifting to upper positions, vibrato, various bowing techniques, sight reading, phrasing, etc.  Students will study and perform repertoire for string orchestra & full orchestra, spanning a wide range of musical styles, including: “classical music” (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th & 21st Century music), film soundtracks, pop, jazz improvisation and bluegrass.  Students will also learn basic ‘music theory’ as it applies to the pieces they are studying, as well as the historical and cultural context for each piece.  For the advanced students there will be opportunities to cross-train on other instruments.

 

Instrumental Strings 2 (Course 782)                                           

Grades 11-12

2 Credits                                                                                                         

Full Year

Prerequisite: Two years of experience.

Instrumental Strings 2 is designed to accommodate students who have at least two or more years of performance experience on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello & bass). This ensemble is an advanced performing group whose main objective is to focus on an advanced level of performance technique and to introduce students to a wider and more advanced level of string ensemble music.

As in the preceding course (“INSTRUMENTAL STRINGS 1”), students will work on fundamental concepts of playing and will study and perform a wide range of repertoire for string ensemble.  Students will also learn advanced ‘music theory’ as it applies to the pieces they are studying, along with the historical and cultural context for each piece.

For the advanced students there will be opportunities to cross-train on other instruments (including violin, viola, cello, bass, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, accordion & vocals), to learn the basics of ‘electronics’ pertaining to string instruments (pickups, mics, loopers, effects, recording techniques), to compose/arrange & conduct pieces for the orchestra, and to participate in small ensembles (string quartets, bluegrass string band, swing string band, etc).