Monday, August 10, 2015

High School Music Classes at Mohawk 2015-2016


MUSIC
844   CONCERT BAND (6 credits; this course meets every other day for the year)
In this course, students develop the fundamentals of instrumental ensemble performance on woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.  Beginning level students learn the fundamentals of playing their instrument, and experienced players develop and refine their musicianship, style, and technical ability.  A diverse repertoire of instrumental music from modern, popular, classical, and world-music traditions is studied in detail.  Students develop music literacy skills, work independently and collaboratively to solve technical problems and accomplish musical goals, develop effective musical practices, and perform in formal and informal concerts.  Field trips to music festivals, competitions, and performances may be offered. Instruments may be provided by the Music Department.  Time spent diligently practicing the instrument is essential to making satisfactory progress in Concert Band.  Students will effectively apply the analysis, synthesis, and evaluative processes that enable productive problem solving.  No musical experience is required.

817   CONCERT CHORUS (6 credits; every other day for the full year)
Music is for everyone, and everyone can sing!  Students in our award-winning Concert Chorus learn the fundamentals of vocal ensemble performance, develop music literacy skills, and study a diverse repertoire of choral music from modern, popular, classical, and world-music traditions.  Concert Chorus members share their work in a variety of formal and informal concerts and events including the Winter and Spring Concerts, the annual Musical, and Graduation.  Field trips to music festivals, workshops, professional performances, and/or competitions may also be offered.  Students will work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and accomplish goals.  No musical experience is required.  

8841 STRING ORCHESTRA (3 credits; this course meets every other day for a semester; it can be repeated.)
This course introduces students to beginning and intermediate levels of music performance on violin, viola, cello, and upright bass.  Beginning level students learn the fundamentals of playing the instrument, and experienced players develop and refine their musicianship, style, and technical ability.  Students will also develop music literacy skills, develop effective musical practices, and perform alone and in groups in formal and informal concerts.  Field trips to music festivals, competitions, and performances may be offered. Instruments are provided by the Music Department.  Time spent diligently practicing the instrument is essential to making satisfactory progress in String Orchestra.  Students will work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and accomplish goals.  No musical experience is required.

846   ROCK BAND/GUITAR (3 credits; this course meets every other day)
Students in this course learn to play, rehearse, and perform with a rock band!  Vocalists and instrumentalists of any skill level can enroll.  Classic Rock, 80’s Rock, Punk, Ska, and student-selected genres will be included.  This course emphasizes guitar proficiency, and all students will gain basic skills in chording, strumming, picking patterns, and improvisation.  Experienced guitar players who demonstrate proficiency will develop and refine their musicianship, style, and technical ability.  Students in this class also gain facility on the drum set.  Music literacy skills are emphasized through reading and writing lead-sheets and tablature. Performance opportunities may include school events, athletic events, and formal concerts.  Students will use real-world digital and other research tools to access, evaluate and effectively apply information appropriate for authentic tasks.  No musical experience is required.

88841  JAZZ BAND (1credit per semester; this course meets one evening every; it can be repeated)
This course is dedicated to the study and performance of America’s original art form: Jazz – the forerunner of both Hip Hop and Rock- n- Roll.  Open to instrumentalists with experience playing woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, guitar, or bass, who audition successfully with the Music Director. Central to this class is the art and science of melodic improvisation, which will be studied as “composition in real-time.”  Students will undertake an in-depth study of applied music theory to aide in their development as skillful improvisers.  Students will perform a diverse repertoire of music representing major genres of Jazz: (Dixieland, Swing, Jump Swing, Bebop, Cool, Bossa Nova, Post-Bop, etc).  Students will develop music literacy skills, work independently and collaboratively to solve technical problems and accomplish musical goals, develop effective musical practices, and perform in formal and informal concerts.  Participation in events during school, after school, evenings, and weekends may be required.  Field trips to music festivals, competitions, and performances may be offered.  Instruments may be provided by the Music Department.  Time spent diligently practicing outside of class will be essential to making satisfactory progress in Jazz Band.  Students will effectively apply the analysis, synthesis, and evaluative processes that enable productive problem solving. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in Concert Band and successful audition.

88191 SELECT CHORUS (1 credit per semester; this course meets one evening every week; it can be repeated)
Students in our award-winning Select Chorus study intermediate and advanced levels of vocal ensemble performance, develop music literacy skills, perform a diverse repertoire of choral music from modern, popular, classical, and world-music traditions, and perform choreographed dances.  Select Chorus members share their work in a variety of formal and informal concerts and events, and participation in many events during school, after school, evenings, and weekends may be required.  Field trips to music festivals, workshops, master classes, and/or competitions are also offered.  Members of Select Chorus value and demonstrate personal responsibility, character, cultural understanding, and ethical behavior.  Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in Concert Chorus and successful audition.

88411  MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION I (6 credits; every day for a semester)
This class is an excellent choice for music students interested in developing the skills needed to write a cappella vocal arrangements, improvise solos in Jazz and Rock songs, or create original electronic music.  Student in this class also learn the fundamentals of piano playing.  Technical skills in music literacy, composition, and ear training are developed through detailed practice.  Examples from a variety of musical styles will be studied.  Music notation software such as MuseScore may also be used.  This course is designed to equip the college-bound music student.  Students will effectively apply the analysis, synthesis, and evaluative processes that enable productive problem solving. Prerequisite: prior experience and training in music.

88412 MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION II (6 credits; every day for a semester)
Students in Music Theory II master intermediate levels of music theory and ear training, and create original compositions and arrangements.  This is an excellent choice for music students interested in further developing their skills writing a cappella vocal arrangements, improvising solos in Jazz and Rock songs, or creating original electronic music.  This course is designed to equip the college-bound music student, and offers students opportunities to analyze and create music in various styles and genres (e.g. rock, pop, jazz, and classical).  Music notation software such as MuseScore may also be used.  Students will effectively apply the analysis, synthesis, and evaluative processes that enable productive problem solving. Prerequisite: Music Theory & Composition I

820   ELECTRONIC MUSIC (3 credits; every other day for a semester)
While using the Sony Acid software program, students will develop musicianship and composition skills.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the exploration of form – the way musical compositions are organized.  Digital sampling will also be used.  Students will experiment, develop methods of composing, and effectively use software to craft their original musical ideas.  Students will also compose/arrange music in particular styles, create commercial jingles, and make soundtracks for given visual media.  Students will work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and accomplish goals. No musical experience is required.  

843   MUSIC STUDIO/SEMINAR (3 credits; this course meets every other day for a semester)
This unique course is designed in two parts.  As a Music Studio, the course supports motivated music students who are engaged in challenging independent projects.  Students receive formal structure and peer- group support as they endeavor to reach short-term musical goals, ie: preparing for districts, all-state, or college auditions; writing, recording, and publicizing a solo EP of songs or electronic music; studying jazz improvisation over chord changes; researching the detailed history of a style; composing and recording a cappella arrangements; etc.  Students share their work with the class on a regular basis, and public performance is encouraged where appropriate.  Concurrently, the Music Seminar component of the course explores specific musical topics in detail.  Topics will be determined with consideration for students’ interests and independent projects.  Sample topics might include: songwriting basics; home recording basics; audition preparation; how to make a press kit; developing effective practice habits; Jazz history; etc.  Students will work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and accomplish goals. Prerequisite: approved project proposal and permission from instructor.