Music

Arts education is fundamental to the healthy development of students’ minds and spirits. Music is a fundamental element to a fully human life.   There is ample evidence that the arts help students develop the characteristics, attitudes and intellectual skills required to participate effectively in today’s society. Participation in the arts can help develop self-esteem, self-discipline, creativity, teamwork and cooperation as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation of the human spirit in relation with each other, one's self, and God.

In order to help students develop as full persons, the Music Department focuses its energy on four prime objectives:  to achieve consistent excellence in performance; to achieve a high level of music literacy; to develop a sense of personal investment in the making of music; and to instill an understanding and appreciation of the values that come from participation in a music ensemble. 

 

CHORALE A & B

This is a non-auditioned choir made up of freshmen and sophomores. In striving for musical excellence the students will work on vocal technique, music theory, ear training and sight-singing as well as preparing music (in three and four parts) to be performed at the choral concerts. Weekly small group lessons, which are part of the curricular requirement, enhance the learning process and help ensure a quality music education. Course Requirement: Attendance is required at the Fall, Christmas, Mid-winter and Spring Pops concerts.
Fulfills Fine Arts Requirement
Freshman/Sophomore Elective  
2 semesters - 2 credits

CONCERT CHOIR A & B

This is a non-auditioned choir open to juniors and seniors. This top curricular choir works to build and maintain a tradition of musical excellence. They perform at four major choral concerts in addition to a few other performances (i.e. the North Suburban Choral Festival and Graduation). Additionally, the students will continue to work on music theory, ear training, sight-singing and vocal technique. Weekly small group lessons, which are part of the curricular requirement, help ensure personal success in the classroom.Course Requirement: Attendance is required at the Fall, Christmas, Midwinter and Spring Pops concerts, North Suburban Choral Festival and Graduation.
Fulfills Fine Arts Requirement
Junior/Senior Elective  
2 semesters - 2 credits

CONCERT BAND A & B

Concert Band is an all ninth grade instrumental performing ensemble that seeks excellence in performance through concentrated development of musical skills. Skills taught in this course include tone production, rhythmic understanding, instrumental technique, musicality, and beginning music theory. Course Requirement:  Attendance is required at four Fall athletic events, four major concerts, conference and state band festivals during the year and Graduation.
Fulfills Fine Arts Requirement
Freshman Elective
2 semesters - 2 credits

SYMPHONIC BAND A & B

Symphonic Band is an advanced instrumental performing ensemble that continually seeks excellence in performance. Students continue to develop their musical skills through private lessons, small and large group rehearsals, solo and ensemble opportunities, music theory, and music history as well as a biennial performance tour.Course Requirement: Attendance is required at four Fall athletic events, four major concerts and conference and state band festivals during the year and Graduation.
Fulfills Fine Arts Requirement
Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective
2 semesters - 2 credits

Honors Music Program

HONORS CONCERT CHOIR A & B

Honors Concert Choir is open to select seniors currently enrolled in the choral program. In addition to participation in the activities of the Concert Choir, students will regularly do work in music theory, music history, and repertoire study. Additionally, students will have assignments/activities focusing on other varying topics which may include music critique, music advocacy, conducting, anatomy of the singer and off-campus concert attendance. Weekly group lessons, which are part of the curricular requirement, help ensure success in the advanced studies.Course Requirement: Attendance is required at the Fall, Christmas, Midwinter and Spring Pops concerts, North Suburban Choral Festival and Graduation.
Prerequisite: Interview with instructor
Senior Elective
2 semesters - 2 credits

HONORS SYMPHONIC BAND A & B

Honors Symphonic Band is open to select seniors currently enrolled in the instrumental program. In addition to participation in the activities of the Symphonic Band, students will regularly do work in music theory, music history, and repertoire study. Additionally, students will have assignments/activities focusing on other varying topics which may include the value of music, music composition, conducting, and off-campus concert attendance.Course Requirement: Attendance is required at four Fall athletic events and four major concerts during the year and Graduation.
Prerequisite: Interview with instructor
Senior Elective
2 semesters - 2 credits

 

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