Students have the opportunity to develop their interest in music through participation in Orchestra, Glee Club, Select Chorus. Private instruction in an instrument is also available at an additional cost. Students may further pursue the study of music through the academic offerings of the Music Department.
The goal of the Music Department is to instill in the student an appreciation for music through participation in musical activities, listening experiences, and an understanding of the major musical styles and forms which have influenced the music of today. Both vocal and instrumental performances provide the student with the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience with others in the school and community.
Music In Our Lives
Music In Our Lives is a comprehensive, project intensive music course that offers students the opportunity to create, perform, listen to and analyze music. Students will explore the various ways that music affects our lives through social, cultural and historical contexts.
The History of Musical Styles and Theory
Students will explore the traditional styles of music through the ages to give them the basic skills necessary for the appreciation of all types of music. Basic theory of note reading, scales and key signatures will prepare them for the AP Music Theory course an examination that they can choose to take in their Senior Year.
The focus of this course is instruction in note reading, sight singing, various vocal styles and a proper and healthy singing technique. Performance opportunities, both solo and group, are available to all interested students. This course is the prerequisite to Glee Club, and students enrolled in this course will be eligible to join the Glee Club in January.
Students who wish to follow a concentration in Instrumental Music are advised to audition for the Orchestra and to take both the History of Music Styles and Theory and AP Music Theory in Junior or Senior Year. Students who wish to follow a concentration in Vocal Performance must register for Vocal Techniques in Freshman Year, register for the Glee Club as well as the History of Music Styles and Theory and take AP Music Theory in Junior or Senior Year.
AP Music Theory
An Advanced Music Theory course, AP Music Theory, will include an in-depth exploration of the five musical elements: melody, harmony, rhythm, texture and style. Application of theory through analysis, composition and aural skills will be a main component of the course.
This performing ensemble focuses on the study of musical styles and forms, correct instrumental techniques, and the interpretation of music notation, leading to the investigation and performance of a variety of works from the orchestral literature. Rehearsals are scheduled during the day and after school. Attendance at all rehearsals as well as both the Christmas and Spring Concert is required. (This is a music performance course.)
This performing ensemble focuses on the study of correct singing technique, music notation, sight-singing and diction, leading to the investigation and performance of a variety of works from the choral literature. Rehearsals are scheduled during the day and after school twice a week. All after school rehearsals are mandatory. Attendance at all rehearsals and the Christmas and Spring Concert is a requirement for credit.
This performing ensemble focuses on a more detailed study of correct singing technique, leading to the performance of advanced works from the choral literature.