Music

Freshman Choir
Grade Level 9
5 Credits- Full Year

Freshman Choir is designed as an introductory course to the high school choral program. It is designed to teach the fundamentals of choral singing in preparation for the advanced choral ensembles. Emphasis will be placed on vocal technique, such as breath support, tone, intonation, vowel production, diction, musical terms and symbols, sight-reading and musicality. These elements will be taught through daily vocal exercises and choral repertoire representative of all periods of music, medieval to contemporary. This choir will perform as a separate choir and will also combine with the larger MLHS Choir in performance.

MLHS Choir
Grade Level 10-12
5 Credits- Full Year

The purposes of the high school choral program are to offer students experiences in the development of good vocal habits and to provide an overview of a variety of examples of fine choral literature. Students will refine their vocal skills through exercises and experiences in pitch awareness, breath control, phrasing, balance, blend, posture, interpretation, and performance materials. Repertoire will be representative of all periods of music, medieval to contemporary. All Choir members are required to attend rehearsals and concerts.

Chamber Choir
Prerequisite: Membership and Enrollment in MLHS Choir; Teacher Recommendation/Audition
Grade Level 10-12
5 Credits - Full Year

This course is only open to students through audition or by invitation of the instructor. This course is designed to give serious singers with fine vocal skills, the opportunity to perform musically challenging literature. The course literature will range from that of the 16t​ h​ century to the present. Students are expected to have good to excellent sight singing skills and tonal memory. Moreover, because the literature is difficult, students are expected to have superior self-motivational skills. Because the ensemble must be a balanced one, each year students will audition for available openings. Attendance at all scheduled performances is a must. Moreover, students must be prepared to perform during the high school graduation ceremony and other school events. The instructor reserves the right to re-audition ensemble members each year.

Symphonic Band
Prerequisite: Must have some experience playing an instrument
Grade Level 10-12
5 Credits - Full Year

The purpose of the Symphonic Band is to provide students with an overview and understanding of band literature from all compositional periods. The students will continue to improve on the skills and techniques learned in elementary and middle school, as well as the beginning level of the high school band program. In addition, students will use music as a way to improve self-discipline, teamwork, and appreciation of music and its role in society. Symphonic Band members are required to play with the Pep Band at all home football games. All Symphonic Band students are required to attend small group lessons once a week. Seating is by audition.

Wind Ensemble
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and/or Audition
Grade Level 10-12
5 Credits - Full Year

The Wind Ensemble is an advanced ensemble. The ensemble will provide the appropriate educational setting for students to work on music suited for a higher performance level. This smaller group will allow students to play more independently and learn literature that is appropriate for a Wind Ensemble’s instrumentation. Students will continue to develop the skills and techniques learned in previous band classes. Wind Ensemble members are required to play with the Pep Band at all home football games. All Wind Ensemble students are required to attend small group lessons once a week. Seating is by audition.

Concert Band
Grade Level 9
5 Credits - Full Year

This class is offered to students who fall into one of the following categories: freshman musicians of band instruments, those learning a new instrument, or upperclassmen that are less experienced with a particular instrument. Class will meet every day and will work through a concept-based program designed to comprehensively teach the fundamentals of music, as well as music to be performed in concert. The students will work on the skills necessary to excel on their instruments, including scales, rhythms, sight reading, tone quality, dynamics, and balance. Concert Band Members are required to play with the Pep Band at all home football games. All Concert Band students are required to attend small group lessons once a week.

Music Theory I
Grade Level 9-12
5 Credits - Full Year

The study of music theory is the study of the functional content of musical composition. This course provides an in-depth examination of the characteristics of sound: dynamics, rhythm, melody, harmony, and tone color-timbre. Students will examine basic and advanced issues which concern the following areas: rules which govern harmonization, voice leading, melodic devices, compositional devices, error detection and how to solve harmonic and voice leading problems in small music forms. Through analysis, students will be introduced to conventional music compositional forms. Students are evaluated by means of class work, tests, and projects.

AP Music Theory
Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation AND successful completion of Music Theory I OR 5 Credits in Fine/Performing Arts completed at MLHS during the regular academic calendar year AND Entrance Examination AND Teacher Recommendation
Grade Level 10-12
5 Credits - Full Year

In AP Music Theory, a great variety of musical activities may be employed in any given class: performing, listening, analyzing, and composing. Particular emphasis is placed on writing music, believing that in composing one faces the most vivid and essential musical questions. In individual ways, we
integrate hearing with analysis and analysis with performing. This course provides an in-depth examination of tonal harmony and analysis of 17th and 18th centuries, thus giving students an understanding of how music is composed. The course is designed to develop a student's ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The achievement of this goal may be best promoted by integrated approaches to the student's development of aural, sight-singing, written, compositional, and analytical skills presented through listening, performance, writing, and analytical exercises. Students are expected to register for and take the College Board AP Music Theory Examat the end of the year.

Guitar
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

This class is offered to students who have no experience, or are at a novice level, in playing the guitar. Basic guitar methods (picking, strumming, chords), reading music, and writing music will be instructed. The class will begin with the basics of reading music notation, while learning the notes on the guitar, and progress to performing melodies and accompaniments. The class is open to all students; no previous musical experience is necessary. The number of students in the course will be limited.

Advanced Guitar
Prerequisite: Guitar and Teacher Approval
2.5 Credits - Semester

Students are encouraged to enroll in Advanced Guitar in more than one semester. For example, students who have taken Guitar and Advanced Guitar previously, may take Advanced Guitar again for additional credit.
This course will expand upon topics introduced in Guitar I. Note reading will continue to be emphasized, as well as a more comprehensive knowledge of chords and some finger-style techniques. Students in Advanced Guitar may perform as an ensemble in school concerts and outside of school, as well. Students interested in these performance opportunities should take Advanced Guitar more than once.