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Intermediate Concert Band

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:  Beginning Concert Band or comparable instrument study.  Auditions with the Instructor may be necessary.

Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the concert band, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains.  Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop and build upon elements of musicianship including, but not limited to, tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, and analyzing music.  In addition, students perform, with expression and technical accuracy, a large and varied repertoire of concert band literature that is developmentally appropriate. Evaluation of music and music performances is included. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.

Advanced Concert Band

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:  Intermediate Concert Band or comparable instrument study.

Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the concert band, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains.  Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop and build upon elements of musicianship including, but not limited to, tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, analyzing music and studying historically significant styles of music literature.  In addition, students perform, with expression and technical accuracy, a large and varied repertoire of concert band literature that is developmentally appropriate. Evaluation of music and music performances is included. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals.  Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom. Advanced students will be held to a higher standard of technical ability, musicianship and leadership.

Beginning Orchestra

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

This class is for the student who wishes to play a stringed instrument in an orchestra ensemble (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students will be required to obtain their own instrument.  You may contact the music department director for more information for an instrument. This is a year-long class. Students will be taught how to read music, play music and perform music. This is a performance-based curriculum. Grading is based on playing your instrument, keeping current on assignments and daily practice schedule outside of class. Time outside the normal school day will be required if performances are out of the school schedule. A limited number of public performances serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals set forth by the teacher. Students are required to participate in performances outside the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom. Rehearsal schedules also include one day after school a week.

Intermediate Orchestra

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Auditions with the Instructor are required.

This class is for the student who wishes to continue to play a Stringed instrument in an orchestra ensemble (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students will be required to obtain their own instrument.  You may contact the music department director for more information for an instrument. This is a year-long class. Students must know how to read music, play music and perform music with at least 2 years instruction. Private lessons outside of the school are highly encouraged. This is a performance-based curriculum. Grading is based on playing your instrument, keeping current on assignments and daily practice schedule outside of class. Time outside the normal school day will be required if performances are out of the school schedule. A limited number of public performances serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals set forth by the teacher. Students are required to participate in performances outside the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom. Students will be responsible for an assigned school performance uniform and must see to its upkeep. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals outside of the normal class day is a requirement. Grades are performance-based.

Instrumental Ensemble (Drumline)

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Class size limit: 16    

Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of chamber ensemble and solo literature, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains.  Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, imagine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Once students attain a certain level of musicianship, they will be allowed to participate in a more difficult schedule with pep band and or pep sessions.

Intermediate Chorus

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course provides students with opportunities to develop musicianship and specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing.  Activities include creating the development of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature that is appropriate in difficulty and range for the students.  This includes music performed at a Catholic Mass. Intermediate Chorus provides instruction in creating, performing, listening to and analyzing work, and critiquing in our own recorded music, in addition to focusing on the specific subject matter.  Students develop the ability to produce, arrange, write, and record a song of the class’s choosing. They will understand and convey the composer’s intent in order to connect the performer to the audience.  A limited number of public performances will serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and music goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.

Advanced Chorus

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Intermediate Chorus.

Advanced Chorus is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Choral Music.  Students will develop musicianship and specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing.  This class includes the study of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature appropriate in difficulty and range for the students.  Chorus classes provide opportunities for performing, creating, and responding to music. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer’s intent in performance of music.  Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.

 

Music History and Appreciation: Special Topic

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

(Bach to Rock)

The topic of the Music History class will be Bach to Rock.  This will be an inclusive study of classical composers through music of 2017. We will study lyric development. A majority of the course will be spent looking at music theory development within classical compositions and how those ideas are still employed in music today.

Health and Wellness Education

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9

High school health education provides the basis for continued methods of developing knowledge, concepts, skills, behaviors, and attitudes related to student health and well-being. This course includes the major content areas in a planned, sequential, comprehensive health education curriculum as expressed in the Indiana Health Education Proficiency Guide:  (1) growth and development; (2) mental and emotional health; (3) community and environmental health; (4) nutrition; (5) family life education; (6) consumer health; (7) personal health; (8) alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs education; (9) intentional and unintentional injury; and (10) health promotion and disease prevention. Students are provided with opportunities to explore the effect of health behaviors on an individual’s quality of life. This course assists students in understanding that health is a lifetime commitment by analyzing individual risk factors and health decisions that promote health and prevent disease. Students are also encouraged to assume individual responsibility for becoming competent health consumers. A variety of instructional strategies, including technology, are used to further develop health literacy.

Physical Education I

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9

Secondary Physical Education I place an emphasis on health-related fitness and developing the skills and habits necessary for a lifetime of activity. This program includes skill development and the application of rules and strategies of complex difficulty in at least three of the following different movement forms: (1) health-related fitness activities (cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition), (2) aerobic exercise, (3) team sports, (4) individual and dual sports, (5) gymnastics, (6) outdoor pursuits, (7) self-defense, (8) aquatics, (9) dance, and (10) recreational games. Ongoing assessment includes both written and performance-based skill evaluations.

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