Course Placement

MUSIC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS & PLACEMENT

* Please note: Not all courses are offered at both schools.
Please check with the Guidance Department regarding course offerings and requirements.

The Choral Music program has four levels of instruction. All concentrate on vocal production and performance. Choral courses will fulfill state graduation requirement in Performing Arts.

Choir/Lunch

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This choral class meets for a half period and is designed so all students can have a choral experience. Students will learn proper vocal technique as well as perform music of all genres. Performances throughout the year are presented with other vocal ensembles.

Band Lunch *available only at PVHS

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This band class meets for a half period and is designed so all students can have a band experience. Students will learn proper techniques as well as perform music of all genres. Performances throughout the year are presented with other instrumental ensembles.

Concert Choir

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Concert Choir meets for a full period and provides students with a more in-depth experience. The course concentrates on vocal training, performance and sight reading skills. Students perform throughout the year with exposure to a variety of music styles.

Chamber Choir

Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Audition

Chamber Choir is our most advanced choral ensemble. The goal of this choir is to enrich vocal technique, performance standards and sight reading skills. The music performed is designed to challenge the student vocalist. The repertoire comes from all genres of music with performances occurring throughout the year. Selection to this ensemble is by audition with the Choral Director at the high school. To secure an audition, contact the high school Choral Director.

Concert Band

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

 Membership in the Concert Band will be open to all high school students, regardless of any previous musical background or experience, interested in learning to play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument. The Concert Band program includes music fundamentals of reading music notation, performance techniques and rules of music interpretation. In addition to performing in evening concerts, Band students perform at assemblies, pep rallies, clinics and festivals. Students are encouraged to take this course for four years and are expected to produce increasingly advanced work with each year.

Marching/Concert Band

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Membership in the Marching/Concert band will be open to any high school students interested in playing a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument. Students enrolled in this class form the nucleus of all other instrumental music activities within the school. The Marching/Concert Band includes music fundamentals of reading music notation, performance techniques, rules of music interpretation and marching techniques. Marching Band performances include assemblies, pep rallies, clinics, football games, parades, and festivals.

After the marching season, this band becomes the Advanced Concert Band and performs throughout the school year at evening concerts, assemblies, clinics, and festivals. Students are encouraged to take this course for four years and are expected to produce increasingly advanced work with each year. Extra-curricular opportunities for students in the Marching/Concert Band include the Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra and small ensembles. Admission to the course is by permission of the instructor.

String Orchestra

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This full year course is open to any student interested in performing music on orchestral stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass violin). This course will include music fundamentals, principles of tone production, and rules of interpretation of string literature. Previous experience is required, and students must provide their own instrument. This class will perform together as an ensemble at the end of each semester.

Music Theory I 

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 

This course is recommended for students with a serious interest in music, or those planning music major or minor in college. 

This course is designed for students who seek the opportunity to create original music compositions. Projects in Music Theory I will equip the student with a working knowledge of the art of music through the study of music‘s structure and theories. In addition to developing compositional abilities, experiences will include the development of skills needed to analyze and evaluate music. Students will explore music‘s relationship with other disciplines and its impact on culture, and development of ability to perform, record, present and discuss original compositions. After successfully completing this class student will be eligible to enroll in Projects in AP Music Theory. 

AP Music Theory 

Prerequisite: Recommendation of teacher and supervisor Grades 11, 12 

This course is recommended for students with a serious interest in music, or those planning music major or minor in college. It will also prepare students to take the AP Music Theory exam in May. 

This course is designed for students who seek the opportunity to create original music compositions. Projects in Music Theory III will equip the student with a working knowledge of the art of music through the study of music‘s structure and theories. In addition to developing compositional abilities, experiences will include the development of skills needed to analyze and evaluate music. Students will continue to explore music‘s relationship wit 

Introduction to Music through Guitar

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (semester course*)
This semester course is open to all students interested in studying music and playing the guitar regardless of their musical background.This course introduces the basic fundamentals of music and guitar playing. This course is recommended for beginning guitar students only.

 
Guitar I
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 *Prerequisite: Introduction to Music through Guitar or six months of private study
This class is open to all students interested in studying music and playing the guitar regardless of their musical background. The Guitar I class introduces the basic fundamentals of guitar playing through a variety of musical styles, time periods and levels of complexity. It includes interpreting music for the guitar, chord symbols, music reading and the utilizing of various fingerpicks and strums.
 
Guitar Ensemble
Grades 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Guitar I  Individual and ensemble performance is required.
 
History of American Popular Music 
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (semester course*)
This semester course will trace the development of American Popular Music from 1700 to the present. Historical time periods, significant musical styles and trends in American popular culture will be explored. Recorded examples of the various styles will be presented and the contributions of important American composers and songwriters will be discussed. Musical styles to be covered will include Folk Music, Patriotic Music, Dance Music, Blues, Jazz and Rock & Roll.
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