Music

Concert Choir (1/2 year)

Advanced work in choral music for the more accomplished musician. Students form a cohesive musical chorus through reading, form appreciation, musicality, awareness, tone evaluation, intonation work, and ensemble singing. Music chosen usually represents a number of styles from the 1600’s (Mozart, Beethoven) to present day. Both art music and popular (Broadway, pop, etc.). Students also may sing in the community for events (WKTV, tree lighting, etc.) Also, a select choir may be formed from this group. Students sing in mixed choir formations (SATB, SSATB) and is SSA and TTB formats. Concert performance is mandatory in order to receive credit.

Theater (1/2 year)

Students learn a basic appreciation and understanding of the theater through hands on experiences in improvisation and monologues, two person scenes and multiple character scenes from the Dramatic literature.

Musical Theater (1/2 year)

Students gain an understanding of the musical theater and its forms, innovations and conventions through reading and staging scenes, viewing excerpts or singing select examples. Students also learn some of the important personalities (directors, choreographers, performers, etc.) and the important writing teams (Lerner & Loewe, Gershwin Brothers, Rodgers & Hart, Jerry Herman, Rogers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, etc.)

Beginning Piano I

Students with no previous experience in piano will learn basic early piano skills from understanding bass clef and treble clef, simple melodies, some simple harmony, hand position, and chord basics. Class requires playing in class sometimes as a group and sometimes alone.

Symphonic Band

The concert band is comprised of instrumental musicians in grades 9-12. The Concert Band provides students with a chance to explore excellent works in the field of instrumental music. Styles covered include Pop, Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, as well as traditional works of band literature. Students may also participate in Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Pep Band and Marching Band. Students may also elect to participate in NYSSMA solo festival each year, as well as possible consideration for All–County and All-State Bands. Each student is provided with a lesson each week as part of his or her musical training and curriculum. The band performs at many concerts and events throughout the year, and will combine with the Symphonic Band for parades and other special events.

Music Theory 1 and 2 (1/2 year each)

Music Theory 1 & 2 will focus on teaching basic understanding of the elements of music. Student performances on voice or instruments are encouraged to improve the student’s ability to read music. Sight-reading is also incorporated as well as sight singing, rhythmic dictation and melodic dictation. Students are instructed on how to use auditory analysis that includes the recognition of melodic, harmonic pitch, intervals, scale lines, rhythmic patterns and form. Analyzing music will be incorporated by using musical score, aural and visual analysis.

Voice (1/2 year)

Students work on the individual improvement of their voices by working on breathing techniques, and resonance studies, pure vowels, vocal stretching, presentation and deportment through art song and Broadway music (in English and foreign language). Students will also learn critical listening skills and form understanding.