Performing Arts: Music

Performing Arts Catalogue

Performing Arts: Music

Courses


Concert Band

7010 Band (Year, 9-12)

Suggested Course Preparation: At least one year of instruction on a band instrument (defined as woodwind, brass or percussion) and one year’s experience performing in an ensemble. This course can be repeated for credit for four years.

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU.

The Concert Band is an intermediate ensemble open to students with some instrumental background who wish to be a part of a quality performing group. There will be a strong emphasis on instrumental techniques and music fundamentals taught through performance. As a result of participation in this class, the student will be ready to audition for more advanced ensembles.

Students will perform music drawn from our global heritage, including, but not limited to, the following music cultures: African, Asian, Eastern and Western European, Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and North American. As a result of having discussed, studied, and performed the above, students will have a greater appreciation of cultural similarities and differences plus an increased awareness of the many contributions which enhance our lives.

Attendance at all performances is mandatory. Performance opportunities may include Winter and Spring

Concerts, District/area festivals, home football games, solo/ensembles, feeder school concerts and graduation. There are also opportunities for individuals to audition for other ensembles: Jazz Band, All‑State Honor Band, and the Santa Clara County Honor Band.


Symphonic Band

7013 Symph Band (Year, 10-12)

Suggested Course Preparation: At least two years of instruction on a band instrument (defined as woodwind, brass or percussion), and at least one year’s experience performing in an ensemble. Instructor’s approval required.

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU. This course can be repeated for credit for four years.

The Symphonic Band is an advanced ensemble open to students with a strong instrumental background who wish to be part of a quality performing group. There will be a strong emphasis on performance techniques and developing a repertoire of the finest literature for performances. As a result of this experience, the student will be able to better express themselves creatively, and they will have a knowledge and appreciation of music history. Both performance and written assessments will be included in the curriculum.

Music will be drawn from our global heritage, including, but not limited to, the following music cultures: African, Asian, Eastern and Western European, Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and North American. As a result of having discussed, studied, and performed the above, students will have a greater appreciation of cultural similarities and differences plus an increased awareness of the many contributions which enhance our lives.

Attendance at all performances is mandatory. Performance opportunities include Winter and Spring Concerts, District/area festivals, home football games, solo/ensemble, feeder school concerts, and graduation. There are also opportunities for individuals to audition for other ensembles: Jazz Band, All‑State Honor Band, and the Santa Clara County Honor Band.


Jazz Ensemble

7023 Jazz (Year, 9-12)

Prerequisite: Instructor’s approval. Students must be enrolled in Symphonic Band, Concert Band or Orchestra to be eligible for Jazz.

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU. This course can be repeated for credit for four years. This course will meet after school. Time TBA.

This course covers training in a wide variety of jazz styles including swing, be-bop, boss nova, samba, ballads, funk, and jazz waltz.

The Jazz Ensemble prepares for performances and for evaluation at various jazz festivals throughout the year. Through the performance portfolio process, student will have documented growth in the following areas: articulation, style, sound on their instrument, rhythm, intonation, counting, phrasing, and improvisation. Students will also demonstrate through their music and reports a broader under-standing of different cultures and styles such as Afro, Cuban, Asian, and Latin music.


String Orchestra

7030 Orchstr (Year, 9-12)

Suggested Course Preparation: Past experience in playing orchestral string instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, piano. (limited enrollment)

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU. This course can be repeated for credit for four years.

The String Orchestra consists exclusively of string instruments used in a standard symphony orchestra: violin, viola, cello, and bass. Since other instrumentalists are used only on occasion, wind (woodwinds and brasses) and percussion players may not enroll, but rather, will be drawn from the Symphonic Band class when needed for full orchestra literature.


Concert Choir 1-2

7267 Treb Choir (Year, 9-10)

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU.

Concert Choir 1-2 is open to any student who enjoys singing and would like to participate in a musical ensemble. NO AUDITION IS REQUIRED. Chorus classes will be designed to develop students’ musicianship and specific performance skills, which include posture, tone production, breathing and vocal techniques, and intonation through ensemble and solo literature. Activities and experiences will include sequential and systematic instruction in music reading, critical listening skills, and the development of a quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature appropriate in difficulty and range for the ability of the ensemble. Students will increase their aural and analytical skills through identifying the basic elements of music including melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, form, and style of the literature studied in class.

Music to be discussed, studied, and performed will be drawn from our global heritage, including, but not limited to, the following musical cultures: African, Asian, Eastern and Eastern European, Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and North American.

Concert Choir 1-2 will perform at the Fall, Winter, and Spring Concerts, at selected festivals, and on a mini-tour. Occasionally the Concert Choir 1-2 will perform jointly with the Concert Choir 3-4. There will be opportunities for solos and small ensemble singing. Students who successfully complete this course will have priority for admittance to the Concert Choir 3-4. Women who participate in Choir 1-2 may audition for Spectrum Choir.


Concert Choir 3-4

7218 Conc Choir (Year, 10-12)

Prerequisite: Concert Choir 1-2 strongly recommended for sophomores.

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU. This course can be repeated for credit for four years.

Concert Choir 3-4 is open to students who enjoy singing and desire to participate in a quality music ensemble. There will be a strong emphasis on vocal production, phrasing, and diction with special work devoted to extending the vocal range of the singers. Basic music theory will be included to aid in the improvement of sight-reading. Music will be drawn from our global heritage, including, but not limited to, the following musical cultures: African, Asian, Eastern and Western European, Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and North American.

Concert Choir 3-4 makes its mark by performing masterworks of the great composers and often performs with orchestra and/or small ensemble. Each year a recording is produced and mastered from the best of the choir’s repertoire. There will be several performance opportunities for all: Fall, Winter, and Spring Concerts, Music Revues, district/area festivals, Baccalaureate, alumni, solo/ensemble, feeder school concerts and Spring Tour. Every

2 years the Concert Choir tours internationally. Participation in Choir 3-4 allows you to audition for Madrigals Singers, Spectrum Singers, Solos for concerts/shows, All-State Honor Choir and National Honor Choirs.


Advanced Vocal

7226 Adv Vocal (Year, 10-12)

Prerequisite: Madrigal Singers/Spectrum Singers by audition only (must also enroll in Concert Choir).

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU. This course can be repeated for credit upon recommendation of instructor.

These groups are open to students currently enrolled in Choir who have had a minimum of a year of training and performance with a choral group or by teacher approval. The groups meet evenings (with some special sectionals/rehearsals during lunch). It is a performance‑oriented course, emphasizing vocal production, note reading skills and rehearsal and performance of repertoire appropriate for “chamber singing”; from madrigals to music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary periods along with works representative of other cultures of the world. These groups will be expected to perform extensively. Even though auditions for Advanced Vocal take place in September, students who are even considering auditioning should sign up.


AP Music Theory

7379 AP Music Theory (Year, 11-12)

Prerequisite: Due to popularity of this course, 9th and 10th graders are not permitted to take this course.

Suggested Course Preparation: Previous experience with music is recommended; i.e., piano, instrumental or choral. The first semester of this course will be taught online. The last class meeting of each week will be held on campus in the music room. All other classes will meet virtually. The second semester will be taught traditionally, meeting in the music room every class period.

Please consider the following things when choosing to be apart of this blended class:

Students need to log into their Schoology and other online platforms on a regular basis to contribute to discussions and other online activities, not just at regularly scheduled class times.

Students need to own or have access to a computer on a regular basis. Computer access on campus may be sufficient but it is strongly recommended that you have a home computer and Internet access.

Tips for success in blended learning

  • Get organized: Keep track of deadlines, and give yourself plenty of time to complete assignments. Check online discussions on a regular basis.
  • Prioritize your work: Organize your learning and your assignments and determine the order in which you need to tackle them.
  • Log in regularly: Check your school email and Schoology daily. There may be new class announcements, responses to questions, new learning units, assignments, and new discussion postings by the professor and your classmates.
  • Participate, participate, and participate: A lot of learning is realized through the classroom and online interactions. Participation reveals new ideas and thoughts and develops your critical thinking skills.*

This course can be used to fulfill the “f” requirement for the University of California and CSU.

Basic music theory, i.e., names of lines and spaces of the grand staff, clef signs, key and time signatures, note and rest values, and scales, both major and minor, will serve as an introduction to the course.

Ear training and dictation, sight reading and sight singing, form and analysis, and elementary orchestration will be part of the course.

The harmony portion of the course will include the study of: chord structures, positions and inversions, harmonization of bass and soprano lines, use of the figured bass, and analysis of compositions for piano, chorus, and orchestra. Twentieth century theoretical techniques will also be emphasized. As a result of this study, students will be able to compose an original work and notate it correctly. This original composition will be performed in June and is required.

A brief study of major periods of Western European Music (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary), American Music, and music from our global community will be included to aid the students in their understanding of musical form and style.