Music

Concert Choir

Course #: FA502SSA1, FA502SSA2, FA502SSA3

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT (Repeatable)

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: $TBD

This advanced choir is a full year course. Enrollment through both semesters is required. Students must be committed to the performance of serious Concert Choir literature. Students must attend numerous performances, including at least four evening concerts. Students may also have the privilege of traveling to a Festival, Competition or Choir Tour. Students will also be given the opportunity to audition for various individual solo/choir competitions, held throughout the Northwest. Cost: A choir uniform must be purchased or rented for this class. Students may need to pay and/or raise funds for a choir trip to an approved choir festival.

Symphonic Band

Course #: FA600SSA1, FA600SSA2, FA600SSA3

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT (Repeatable)

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Previous band experience, Instructor approval

This course will provide the student with an increasing knowledge, attitude and technical ability to participate in high school level performance groups. Students in Symphonic Band can expect to enjoy music through active participation. The emphasis of the class will be on continuing to develop instrumental techniques, and sensitive ensemble playing. Students will also learn more about music theory, history, and a variety of music literature. Performance opportunities will include concerts, festivals, solos, ensembles, and selected athletic events.

*Instrumental rentals are $25 per trimester.

Wind Ensemble

Course #: FA601SSA1, FA601SSA2, FA601SSA3

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT (Repeatable)

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Previous band experience, Instructor approval

This course will provide the student with advanced knowledge, attitude and technical ability to participate in high school level performance groups. Students in Wind Ensemble can expect to enjoy music through active participation. Membership generally will be sophomores through seniors, but may include freshmen. Membership is also through the demonstration of advanced musical ability. The emphasis of the class will be on the continued development of instrumental techniques, and mature ensemble playing. Students will learn to communicate to the audience through advanced mastery of performance skills. Students will also learn more about music theory, history, and a variety of music literature. Performance opportunities will include concerts, festivals, solos, ensembles, and selected athletic events.

*Instrumental rentals are $25 per trimester.

Jazz Ensemble

Course#: FA602SSA1/FA602SSA2/FA602SSA3

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/ 1.5 credit/SL-Arts-CT (Repeatable)

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Instructor Approval, Enrolled in other instrumental classes

This course is an upper level-performing group devoted to the student and performance of jazz styles of music. Students will study various scales and chord structures with individual improvisation in mind. Time will be devoted to developing appropriate interpretation skill for different types of “big band” jazz: ballads, swing, and blues. The students will learn skills and develop attitudes that they will find useful in recreational and professional endeavors.

*This is an Early Bird Class only*