Music

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  • Treble Chorus (8834/8835)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Middle School Choir or Teacher recommendation and Coordinator of Fine Arts approval.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for developing high school vocal performers designed to introduce students to good vocal technique, diction, sight-reading, and being part of a well-balanced performing group through the use of two-, three-, and four-part music. Placement is at the discretion of the teacher. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Varsity Treble Chorus (8836/8837)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Treble Chorus or Teacher Recommendation.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for intermediate high school treble vocal performers that places emphasis on advanced vocal technique, diction, sight-reading, and being part of a well-balanced performing group through two-, three-, and four-part music. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Bass Chorus (8866/8867)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Middle School Choir or Teacher recommendation and Coordinator of Fine Arts approval.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for developing high school vocal performers designed to introduce students to good vocal technique, diction, sight-reading, and being part of a well-balanced performing group through the use of two-, three-, and four-part music. Placement is at the discretion of the teacher. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Concert Choir (8890/8891)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Bass Chorus, Varsity Treble Chorus, or Teacher recommendation and audition.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for intermediate high school vocal performers that places emphasis on the performance of various forms of vocal literature for mixed voices throughout the entire choral spectrum. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Chamber Choir (8894/8895)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Concert choir or Teacher recommendation and audition.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for advanced high school vocal performers that places emphasis on sight reading and refining the performance of complex high school and assorted college-level literature In accompanied and a cappella settings. Students should have a minimum of one year of prior experience in a large music ensemble and placement is at the discretion of the teacher. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.



  • Concert Band (8840/8841)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Middle School Band or Teacher recommendation and Coordinator of Fine Arts approval.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for developing high school wind and percussion players designed to promote technical proficiency on individual instruments and teach performance in small ensemble and full concert band settings. Students should have a minimum of two years of prior instrumental experience and placement is at the discretion of the teacher. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Percussion Ensemble (8844/8845)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for developing and intermediate high school percussion performers designed to promote technical proficiency on individual instruments, teach performance in small ensemble and full concert band settings, and provide experiences in percussion ensemble literature. Students should have a minimum of two years of prior percussion experience and placement is at the discretion of the teacher. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Symphonic Band (8846/8847)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Concert Band or Teacher recommendation and audition.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for intermediate high school wind and percussion performers designed to continue technical development on individual instruments and reinforce performance in small ensemble and full concert band settings. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Wind Ensemble (8850/8851)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Symphonic Band or Teacher recommendation and audition.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for advanced high school wind and percussion performers designed to continue technical development on individual instruments, refine performance in small ensemble and full concert band settings, and provide experiences in wind ensemble literature. Placement is at the discretion of the teacher. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Jazz Ensemble (8854/8855)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Simultaneous enrollment in another co-curricular large ensemble and Teacher recommendation.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for advanced high school jazz performers designed to continue technical development on individual instruments, reinforce jazz ensemble performance, and provide experiences in improvisation. Placement is at the discretion of the teacher and simultaneous enrollment in another co-curricular large ensemble is required. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Jazz Band (8858/8859)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Simultaneous enrollment in another co-curricular large ensemble and teacher recommendation.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for aspiring high school jazz performers designed to continue technical development on individual instruments, teach jazz ensemble performance, and provide experiences in improvisation. Placement is at the discretion of the teacher and simultaneous enrollment in another co-curricular large ensemble is required. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Concert Orchestra (8870/8871)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Middle School Orchestra or Teacher recommendation and Coordinator of Fine Arts approval.

    This course is a yearlong co-curricular course for developing high school string performers designed to promote technical proficiency on individual instruments and teach performance in small ensemble and full orchestra settings, both with and without wind instruments. Students should have a minimum of two years of prior instrumental experience and placement is at the discretion of the teacher. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Symphonic Orchestra (8874/8875)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Concert Orchestra or Teacher recommendation and audition.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular course for intermediate high school string performers designed to continue technical development on Individual instruments and reinforce performance in small ensemble and full orchestra settings, both with and without wind instruments. Placement and honors credit are at the discretion of the teacher. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.

  • Chamber Orchestra (8878/8879)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Symphonic Orchestra or Teacher recommendation and audition.

    This is a yearlong co-curricular .course for advanced high school string performers designed to continue technical development on individual instruments; refine performance in small ensemble and full orchestra settings, both with and without wind instruments; and provide experiences in chamber orchestra literature. Placement is at the discretion of the teacher. This course includes activities and performances outside the regular school day, which are mandatory.



  • AP Music Theory (8564/8565)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Ensemble participation or Teacher recommendation.

    This yearlong course is designed for students who are interested in obtaining a college-level understanding of the fundamental components of music, including pitch, rhythm, form, timbre, and dynamics. Activity in complex analysis, composition, music history, keyboarding, and both melodic and rhythmic dictation will be Included. Upon completion of the class, students are encouraged to take the AP Exam for possible college credit.

  • Guitar Ensemble (8842/8843)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Guitar I and II or Teacher recommendation.

    Other Info: This course may be repeated for credit.

    This course is designed for the advanced guitarist who is interested in further developing their guitar technique and musicianship. The repertoire performed in this class includes chamber works for guitar, large ensemble pieces by composers of varied eras, and extensive work on etudes and solo repertoire. Emphasis is placed on development of technique, music-reading skills, composition, sight-reading, chords (first position and barred), and expressive performance as soloists and ensemble members. Students will also receive training in advanced performance practices from the various musical eras, bass line construction and blues improvisation, and flamenco rasguedo technique. Nylon string classical guitars are provided for class use, but it is highly recommended that students have their own nylon string classical guitar for home practice. This ensemble performs several concerts each year and is encouraged to perform at solo and ensemble contests. Students will be required to attend periodic rehearsals and performances outside of the school day.

  • Beginning Instrument Methods (8860/8861)

    Length: 2 semesters

    Credit: 1.0 unit

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Director approval.

    This course is designed to offer a student without prior musical experience an opportunity to learn a string, wind or percussion instrument. Beginning techniques specific to instrument chosen along with fundamental music skills. Quality instrument must be provided by the student through reputable rental source or private ownership.

  • Music Theory I (8862)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Ensemble participation or Teacher recommendation.

    This course is designed for students who are interested in obtaining an introductory-level understanding of the fundamental components of music, including pitch, rhythm, form, timbre, and dynamics. Activity in basic analysis, composition, music history, keyboarding, and both melodic and rhythmic dictation will be included.

  • Musicology (8864)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    This course allows students without previous musical training to explore the history and theory of music from a variety of styles and time periods. Course subject will vary depending on term. Subjects will include but are not limited to: Music History, Music Technology, World Music, and Music Appreciation.

  • Guitar I (8868)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    This is a one-semester class designed for beginning guitar students. Students will learn tablature, chords, note reading, and elementary guitar technique. Students must provide their own guitar.

  • Guitar II (8869)

    Length: 1 semester

    Credit: 0.5 units

    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Guitar I or Teacher recommendation.

    This is a one-semester class designed for intermediate and advanced guitar students. Students will continue to learn chords, note reading, tablature, finger picking, and ensemble performance skills. Students must provide their own guitar.