Music

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The band program provides students with a meaningful, enjoyable and rewarding musical experience of the highest quality. Our musicians accomplish this through musical growth, dedication, student leadership, loyalty, and service learning. We represent our high school and the community as ambassadors of excellence, pride, respect and class. After registration, band members will be placed into an ensemble at the director’s discretion. Placement is based on the student’s performing ability and the instrumentation needs of each ensemble. Students may be placed in one of three Bands: Band, Intermediate Band and Advanced Band.

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The high school orchestra program provides an opportunity for students to continue their study of a string instrument throughout high school. The program provides its members an opportunity to represent the school and community through a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year. Students registering for orchestra must have previous experience playing a stringed instrument (violin/viola/cello/upright bass). After registration, orchestra members will be placed in an ensemble based upon student ability/experience and the ensemble’s instrumentation needs, as determined by the director. The group is dedicated to the study, preparation and performance of music from a variety of musical time periods as well as a survey of music theory and music theory as it relates to the repertoire performed in class. Students perform four major concerts and participate in multiple festivals and contests throughout the year. Additional opportunities include: Chamber Orchestra, All State Orchestra, Honor Orchestras, Solo/Ensemble Contest, Large Group Contest and small ensemble performances. Students may be placed in one of three Orchestras: Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra and Advanced Orchestra.

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In Bass Choir, you will develop vocal technique, tone quality, the ability to sight-read, skills in ear training and work together to meet common goals. Members of this choir meet Minnesota Arts Standards through the study and performance of quality vocal literature from various genres, styles, periods and languages. Choir members are required to attend all performances and special rehearsals. All incoming freshmen men should register for Bass Choir. Emphasis is placed on voice-building, ear training and sight-reading. Attendance at all performances and
rehearsals is mandatory.

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In Treble Choir, you will develop vocal technique, tone quality, the ability to sight-read, skills in ear training and working together to meet common goals. Members of this choir meet the Minnesota Arts Standards through the study and performance of quality vocal literature from various genres, styles, periods and languages. Choir members are required to attend all performances and special rehearsals. All incoming freshmen women should register for this choir.

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This choir is a non-auditioned choir composed of sophomores, juniors and seniors who are developing musical independence, the ability to sing in tune, the ability to sight-read and a strong work ethic. Members of this choir meet the Minnesota Arts Standards through the study of performance of quality vocal literature from various genres, styles, periods and languages. Students in this choir may participate in MSHSL vocal events. Choir members are required to attend all performances and special rehearsals.

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Continue to advance your vocal technique in the auditioned Advanced Mixed Choir. Members of this choir have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate musical independence, the ability to sing in tune, the ability to sight-read and a strong work ethic. Members of this choir are required to work with more intensity and at a deeper level to prepare and perform more challenging material than in previous choirs. As a member of this select choir, students will work with fellow choir members to meet the Minnesota Arts Standards through the practice and performance of advanced SATB literature from many genres, styles, periods and languages. Students may participate in MSHSL and SEC vocal events. Choir members are required to attend all performances and all special rehearsals.

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Our Advanced Treble choir members demonstrate musical independence and training, the ability to sing in tune, and a strong work ethic. As a member of this select choir, you will work with members combining your musical talents. Perform the finest music from many genres using moderately difficult SA, SSA and SSAA arrangements. Throughout the year, we study literature from all genres: classical, spirituals, folk and pop choral music. Emphasis is placed on voice-building, ear training and sight-reading. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is mandatory.

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The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop knowledge of basic music structures and elements and their uses in varied music styles and genres. Course content will include, but will not be limited to, the following concepts: rhythmic, melodic and harmonic notation; ear training; sight reading; composition; arranging and improvisation; harmonic structure; analysis of compositional structure and form; and the influence of history and culture.

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This course surveys the progression and development of Western music from the time of Ancient Greece to the present. Emphasis will be on the comparison of different styles, forms, instrumentation, and composers from the various historical periods. Music History will give the students the vocabulary, knowledge and analytical skills to identify music from contrasting periods as well as introduce them to major masterworks. This class will explore various themes, including the philosophy of music; classical vs. romantic ideology in music; music as a reflection of the political and social climate of culture; the causes/reasons behind progression and development of musical styles; and the connection of music to the arts and other subjects. The class will be a combination of lecture, discussion, use of technology, and listening. All students will be expected to keep up on their reading and participate in the discussion and analysis of music.

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This course is designed for students wishing to increase their understanding of music. Students enrolling in this course will take the IB Music Exam at the end of the course. To meet the academic standard of IB, students will be trained in music theory, music composition, and music listening analysis. Students enrolling are encouraged to have had high school ensemble experience.

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A wide variety of world music and drumming traditions will be taught; centering around African and Latin-American culture. Drumming practices of these cultures will be explored and students will have the opportunity to play in small and large group ensembles. Performance opportunities will be available throughout the year and will be required.