Introduction to Music
This is a course required of all freshmen. The student will become familiar with the major elements of musical style as well as an understanding of basic notation. An understanding of fundamental music
vocabulary is stressed, with emphasis on intelligent and critical listening. Students will learn to perform in a small group (handbells).
Chorus develops musical skills in the areas of vocal techniques, music reading and performance. All singers participate in school concerts, assemblies, and liturgies. Due to the nature of being both and
academic class and a co-curricular activity, attendance at out-of-school events will be factored into the student’s grade. Students are encouraged to take advantage of cultural activities (theater, vocal ensembles,
private lessons, etc.) in the area.
This class will give students the opportunity to be involved in a higher level of choral music. The content of the course is designed to develop the student’s technical, musical, and performance skills. The music
studied by this choir is challenging and requires a desire for excellence on the part of the members. Literature covers a variety of historical periods and languages, including 4 – part a cappella polyphony in
French, German, Italian, and Latin. Students will be required to sight-sing melodies, and label and perform rhythms of varying difficulties. Students will also be required to learn music theory and aural skills. In
addition to seasonal concert events, this group will, as course requirements, be involved in various community events throughout the year. This will give students the opportunity to perform in front of
diverse audiences and showcase their talents to the greater community. Due to the nature of being both an academic class and a co-curricular activity, attendance at out-of-school events will be factored into the student’s grade.