High School Music Courses

Concert Band

½ Unit
This course is designed for students to explore various musical styles and genres through performance. The group performs a minimum of three times per year. Weekly group instruction is a part of the course requirement. Prior experience on an instrument is not required but recommended.

Concert Chorus

½ Unit
This course is designed for the person who likes to sing. Basic vocal production, sight-reading and music theory is taught. Performances and weekly lessons are requirements of this course.

After Beat

Prerequisite: Audition 
¼ Unit
This is a small select choir for students who are serious vocalists. This group is enrolled by audition only and includes challenging music in a wide range of styles. Required rehearsals are after school. Performances at concerts are mandatory and are arranged at the discretion of the Director. Students must also be enrolled in and maintain a passing grade in Concert Chorus.

Music in Our Lives

1 Unit
This class is designed to explore the history of music in relation to students’ everyday lives. The study of musical styles and applications is the major function of this course.

Marching Band

Prerequisite: At least one year of band/instrument lessons (band members) -OR- 
Color guard prerequisite: Audition
¼ Unit
Marching Band includes attending weekly rehearsals throughout the course of the school year and attending all performance events-this may include local and non-local marching and stationary events.

Ukulele Go!/Music Theory

1 Unit
Learn how to play the ukulele while understanding the process of reading and composing music. This course will teach the fundamentals of playing the ukulele. You will learn how to play chords and individual melodic notes. You will also learn how to read, write and perform rhythms and melodies for any instrument along with composing rhythm and melodic pieces. No previous knowledge of music required.

Preparing our students for success in tomorrow’s world.

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