The Music Program

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(Grasso, Kaynor, Norwich, Prince and Vinal Technical High Schools only)

Music Education is crucial to personal success as we move forward in the 21st Century. In preparing to enter today’s ever- changing workplace, students are asked to demonstrate skills in communication, technology and teamwork.  Music Education is a tremendous vehicle to develop these highly- desired skills.  Music is a rich and fundamental subject with a compelling history and vibrant culture.  Music is a common language that reaches across boundaries to bring cultures together and creates a global understanding.  Music allows high school students to explore the vast expanse of feeling and emotion beyond the limitations of words.  These experiences inspire them to become lifelong learners who appreciate and value music. Music courses meet the electives credit requirements for graduation.

Course selections are customized per location

Concert Band/ Band Sectional Rehearsal

Concert Choir/  Chorus Sectional Rehearsal

Introduction to Guitar and Advanced Guitar

Introduction to Drum Line and Advanced Drum Line

Drumline II, Drumline III, and Drumline IV

Music Appreciation

Music Theory

Piano I and II

Voice Class

Advanced Music Independent Study


Concert Band (MU601-MU611) (½ credit, ¼ credit) (MU673) (non-credited)

Prerequisite: A minimum of 1 year of concert band experience in middle or high school or audition with the music instructor to assess ability.

This course is open to students who wish to play traditional concert band instruments. Prior experience with your instrument is required. Focus will be on ensemble skills, reading musical notation and other musical concepts. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. Each school may have a limited number of instruments available to rent. This class may be offered to students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. This class may be repeated for credit. It is recommended that each school adapt a rotating group lesson or sectional schedule or full group rehearsal period in addition to the scheduled course.

Band Sectional Rehearsal (MU672) (½ credit)

Prerequisite:  Instructor Approval

Students in this class will work in a “sectional” setting and will focus on musicality, chamber music (depending upon instrumentation), performance practices, musical literacy, sight-reading, audition skills, scales, and the study of repertoire covered in ensembles. Students in the class may also work on solo repertoire including, but not limited to, the literature required for the CMEA regional festival. All students in this class must be able to read music and must be proficient on a band instrument (percussion, woodwind, or brass). This class is offered to students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade. This class may be repeated for credit and will vary depending upon the performance level of the students in the class.

Concert Chorus (MU617-MU627) (½ credit, ¼ credit)

Open to anyone with a desire to sing a varied repertoire of choral music. Emphasis will be placed on singing alone and with others, as well as the development of musical reading skills and ensemble skills. No experience necessary. This class may be offered to students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. This class may be repeated for credit. It is recommended that each school adapt a rotating sectional schedule or full group rehearsal period in addition to the scheduled course.

Chorus Sectional Rehearsal (MU631) (¼ credit) (MU636) (½ credit)
Prerequisite:  Instructor Approval

This class offers vocal music instruction for students in a “sectional” setting. Classes will focus on basic vocal production and posture, musical literacy, solfedge, and study of both the repertoire covered in the ensembles as well as a variety of specialized repertoire selected depending upon the needs of the individual class. This class is offered to students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. There is no prerequisite for this class and the class may be repeated for credit and will vary depending upon the performance level of the students in the class.

Introduction to Guitar (MU646) (½ credit)

Open to all students who wish to learn to play the acoustic guitar. Emphasis will be placed on performing a variety of music alone and with others, as well as the development of musical reading skills and ensemble skills. If a student wishes to enroll but does not own a guitar, a limited number of school instruments are available. This class may NOT be repeated for credit.

Advanced Guitar (MU649) (½ credit)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Guitar and Instructor Approval

Open to students who successfully completed Introduction to Guitar and would like to continue more advanced study. Students will learn higher level repertoire and techniques with greater emphasis on public performance. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. This class may be repeated for credit.

Introduction to Drumline (MU660, MU661) (½ credit, ¼ credit)

Open to all students who wish to learn percussion instruments. Emphasis will be placed on performing a variety of music alone and with others, as well as the development of musical reading skills and ensemble skills. This class may NOT be repeated for credit. An additional sequence include: Drumline II, Drumline III, and Drumline IV.

Advanced Drumline (MU760) (½ credit)

Prerequisite: Introduction and Instructor Approval

Open to students who successfully completed Introduction to Drumline and would like to continue more advanced study. Students will learn higher level repertoire and techniques, with greater emphasis on public performance. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. This class may be repeated for credit.

Music Appreciation (MU665, MU666) (½ credit, ¼ credit)

This course is designed to help students appreciate music by learning how music is created, how music has developed over the course of history and the role music plays in culture. Through listening, discussing and writing about music, students will gain a deeper understanding of this art form. The class will feature many different styles of genre including American popular, American jazz and World music. This class may be repeated for credit.

Music Theory (MU670) (½ credit)

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of music. Scale and chord construction are taught. Work progresses to sight-singing, elementary harmony and analysis. This class may NOT be repeated for credit.

Piano I (MU680) (½ credit) (MU681) (¼ credit)

Piano I offers basic piano instruction to students. Classes will focus on basic keyboarding skills including hand position, posture, form and musical literacy. Students will perform a variety of repertoire alone and with others. This class may NOT be repeated for credit.

Piano II (MU682) (½ credit) (MU683) (¼ credit)

Prerequisite: Piano I and/or Instructor Approval

This class may be offered to students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Students enrolled in this class must have completed Piano I. This class is a continuation of Piano I. Classes will continue to expand students’ knowledge of basic piano skills and techniques and will focus on scales, basic music theory, performance practices and standard piano repertoire.

Voice Class (MU634, MU635) (½ credit ¼ credit,)

This class offers vocal music instruction for students interested in learning to sing. Classes will focus on basic vocal production and posture, musical literacy, solfege and study of both the repertoire covered in the ensembles as well as a variety of specialized repertoire selected depending upon the needs of the students. This class may be offered to students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. There is no prerequisite for this class and the class may be repeated for credit.

Advanced Music Independent Study (MU690, MU691) (1 credit, ¼ credit) 11th or 12th grade option

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

Topics may include music theory, music technology, composition and performance. In addition, students will have the opportunity to mentor freshmen music students with their musical studies. In essence, this course will help students gain a perspective of how to be a musician and/or music teacher. Also students will gain knowledge of how to continue their music studies past high school.