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All potential course offerings in the subject of Music are listed alphabetically below.   Please Note: In any given year, whether a course is offered depends on the number of requests received for that course. 
 
BEGINNING SONGWRITING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51191

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Ability to play an instrument (piano or guitar)

Description: This course is designed to give the students an opportunity to study techniques of effective songwriting. The important elements of a song, formats of a song and songwriting structure will be taught. Students will first analyze songwriting structure of favorite songs and then progress to creating their own compositions in any contemporary style.

 

COLOURS | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 51111

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Audition/teacher recommendation

Description: Colours is a select choir of students who are highly motivated to excel in vocal performance. This group will perform at the high school at least once each trimester, in addition to singing throughout the community and at festivals. The program material will include music from all styles including contemporary, pop, classical, and jazz.

 

CONCERT CHOIR | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 51101

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Concert Choir is open to all men and women who like to sing. This group will perform at the high school at least once each semester, as well as throughout the community and at various Colorado festivals. The program material will include music from all styles, including major choral works, madrigals, jazz, pop, and classical.

 

FRESHMAN CHOIR | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 51102

Grades: 9

Prerequisites:

Description: Freshman Choir is open to all freshmen, both men and women who like to sing. This group will perform at the High School at least once each semester, as well as throughout the community and at various Colorado festivals. The program material will include music from all styles including contemporary, pop, classical, and jazz.

 

GENERAL BAND | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 51010

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: General Band is geared toward students playing Wind instruments. In General Band, students perform as a marching band in the fall and as a concert band throughout the rest of the year. Performances include, but are not limited to, concerts, marching and concert band contests in and out of state, solo and ensemble contests, parades and various athletic events. Students enrolled are eligible and encouraged to audition for various local, regional, and national honor bands.

 

GUITAR | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51080

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: This course is designed for beginning students who want to learn how to play the guitar. The class will cover chording, note reading, and tablature reading. Such guitar styles as blues, ballads, rock, folk, and jazz will be explored.

 

GUITAR ‐ ADVANCED | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51081

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Guitar or teacher approval

Description: Guitar-Advanced is designed for the student who already has a basic knowledge of chords, strumming, tablature, scales, and beginning finger picking or lead playing.  Each student will choose specific goals to be accomplished and may be required to purchase some of the materials necessary to reach these goals. More advanced rhythm, note reading, tablature, and bar chords will be covered. 

 

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51051

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: This course is open to all students in grades 9-12 who have a desire to learn how to play a musical instrument. The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop fundamental basic skills on wind or percussion instruments through the refinement and performance of jazz band literature.

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE‐ADVANCED | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 51052

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Jazz Ensemble or Teacher Recommendation

Description: Jazz Ensemble is an advanced, performance-oriented group that studies and plays a wide variety of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary, jazz, Latin, rock, funk, fusion, and beyond. Jazz theory and improvisation techniques will be studied in depth and utilized through rehearsal and performance. Performances include school concerts, community events and jazz band contests and festivals throughout the state. Basic instrumentation includes, but is not limited to 2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, 1 baritone sax, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 1 bass trombone, piano/keys, guitar, vibes/percussion, bass, drum set.

 

MUSIC COMPOSITION & TECHNOLOGY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51192

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Previous musical experience

Description: Music Composition will cover basic music theory as applied to composition, including rhythm, harmony, musical forms and analysis. Students will explore the world of music technology from its origins in history to today’s state of the art software and computer applications. Students will learn about the physics of sound, sequencing, synthesizers, recording techniques and equipment, sound mixing, and music writing software. Projects throughout the trimester will demonstrate their knowledge of all of these different aspects of composition and technology.

 

MUSIC THEORY | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51130

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Music Theory examines the various elements of music, melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, form; and the ways in which these individual elements combine and interact to create a piece of music. This is an introductory course in the fundamentals of music, which involves learning major and minor scales, key signatures, intervals, and triads. It also includes the study of time signatures, various rhythms, and note values through rhythmic and melodic dictation.

 

ORCHESTRA | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51040

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Prior musical experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass.

Description: This class is designed for all classical string instrumentalists. Advanced string orchestra literature from the Baroque to the 20th century will be covered. Activities will include several performances, participation in various festivals, contests and solo and ensemble. In addition to performances, students will be eligible to audition for various regional, state, and national honor orchestras.

 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51062

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Percussion Ensemble course is intended to develop students’ technique for playing percussion instruments in a small ensemble group. The Percussion Ensemble course covers multiple genres and styles. There will be performances throughout the semester.

  

PIANO/KEYBOARD | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51071

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Piano/Keyboard introduces students to the fundamentals of music and basic keyboard techniques such as scales, chords, and melodic lines. May also include more advanced keyboard techniques. Basic music theory will also be taught as it applies to notation for piano music.

 

PIANO/KEYBOARD‐ ADVANCED | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 51072

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Piano/Keyboarding

Description: Piano/Keyboard-Advanced is designed for the students who already have the basic knowledge of piano chords, scales, and beginning playing. More advanced rhythm, note reading, chords, and literature will be covered. Students will have to perform on a recital at the end of the semester.