Music Course Descriptions

MUSIC DEPARTMENT COURSE OFFERINGS

  • Symphonic Band
  • Honors Symphonic Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Advanced Choir
  • Honors Concert Choir
  • Men's Choir
  • Chamber Singers
  • Jazz Band
  •  Music Theory
  • Piano
  • School of Rock

MUSIC DEPARTMENT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

JAZZ ENSEMBLE 11                        1.5 Credits/Semester
Course #859

The jazz ensemble is an important part of the music program at Natick High School. In addition, the group may take part in major jazz events such as the Northeast District Jazz and the University of New Hampshire festivals and also appear at other school and community functions. A wide range of jazz and jazz rock music will be performed. Much emphasis is placed on improvisation and the skills of jazz harmony and rhythm. Training received by members has helped players attain membership in the prestigious Northeast District and All-State Jazz Ensembles.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of audition. Sectionals after school, Thursday night rehearsals, commitment to concerts and competitions, and student must be a member of the Symphonic Band.  Private weekly lessons are highly recommended.


SYMPHONIC BAND 12                        2.5 Credits/Semester
Course #860

Students have the opportunity to continue to develop their musical skills while participating in a quality large-ensemble experience.  While preparing for a performance, the rehearsals include an emphasis on musical skills, overall musicianship, teamwork, and complete student cooperation.  In addition to school rehearsals and performances, complete commitment by students is necessary to develop musical skills to their fullest potential.  Attendance at all performances is mandatory.
Prerequisite: Students should have prior performance experience, a working knowledge of their instrument and a desire to further their ability.


CONCERT CHOIR 12                        2.5 Credits/Semester
Course # 863

The choir welcomes any high school student who has a genuine love for singing with others, regardless of previous musical background. Its membership is comprised of male and female students in grades 9-12 and meets six of the eight-day schedule rotation. As such, students should elect this as their first-choice choral elective. It is from this ensemble that auditioned choral groups are chosen. Musical, choral and critical thinking skills are continually integrated into the rehearsal process throughout the year. A wide range of periods, styles and culture of music will be studied.  There are four scheduled evening concerts each year, with further opportunity to sing for other school and community events.
Prerequisite: None


CONCERT CHOIR 14                        2.5 Credits/Semester
Course #865

This class meets once in the schedule rotation in order to have times during each semester when the entire ensemble can rehearse together. This is very important in preparing for performances where blend, balance and intonation problems need to be worked out with the entire choir well in advance of the final choral presentations.
Course pre-requisite: Concurrent enrollment of 6 classes in Concert Choir 14.


CHAMBER SINGERS 11                        1.5 Credits/Semester
Course #867

This is an ensemble of auditioned singers within the Music Department. Its members study and perform a wider range of choral music at a more advanced level than the Concert Choir within a very limited time frame. Members are generally in grades ten through twelve, but freshmen are sometimes admitted in the fall if there is a need within voice parts. The enrollment of this ensemble varies in both size and gender (mixed or women voices) from year to year, depending upon the abilities and interest. Opportunities for singing are similar to those of Concert Choir. Chamber Singers is a class for credit and meets on Monday evening's from7:00 - 9:15PM. A full year's participation is expected from each member. All members re-audition for membership at the end of each school year and must maintain a B average each for re-admission.
Prerequisite: By audition only and all members MUST be fully enrolled in either the Concert Choir or the Symphonic Band to participate in this ensemble.


MEN'S VOCAL ENSEMBLE 12                    1.0 Credits/Semester
Course #877

Sometimes called Men of Style, Style & the Freaknasties, or just plain Style, this is one FUN group!  This ensemble is open to any high school male student in grades nine through twelve who enjoys singing from men's vocal literature. Varied musical styles and repertoire of accompanied and a cappella music is offered for the growth and enjoyment of the male voice. Style sings for Music Department evening concerts as well as for school and community events throughout the year. This ensemble meets most Mondays and Thursdays after school for the entire year.
Prerequisite: The ability to carry a tune and a desire to work with other male students who have some fun singing together.


HONORS MUSIC COURSES
The following music courses are offered to students who wish to pursue more individualized music study beyond the classroom. Choral and symphonic band students may elect one honors level course during the course of any semester. All music honors students will fully participate in the concerts and activities of their respective ensembles. Additionally, they must fulfill all attendance/credit criteria with their ensemble director. A minimum semester average of a B must be maintained in the music honors program in order to be recommended for continuance.


HONORS CONCERT CHOIR                     2.5 Credits/Semester
Course # 874

Concert Choir students must be enrolled a minimum of 5 times per 8 day cycle. No student may elect this honors level course without the permission of the choral director.
Students at the choral honors level should participate in private voice instruction with a qualified private voice teacher. Students may be assigned periodic research that relates to vocal study. All students must participate in a public student group recital, at the end of each semester they are enrolled in the honors course.


HONORS SYMPHONIC BAND
Course # 870                                2.5 Credits/Semester

Honors Symphonic Band students are required to perform at four out of five home football game pep band performances and participate in a public student group recital at the end of each semester.  Students considering the honors band program should be enrolled in private music instructions with a teacher that specializes in their instrument. 


 MUSIC THEORY 12            2.5 Credits/Semester
Course #881

This semester course will introduce and review the components of basic music theory. The course is for all students' grades 9-12 that want to explore the basic concepts of music making and music reading. The class meets 6 days of the rotation schedule for full semester credit during first semester. To enable students to be more hands-on and creative, they will be introduced to the fundamentals of the piano keyboard as they move through basics theory. Sight-reading and rhythmic/melodic aural training are included in this course as well as an introduction to music composition. Students in any music department ensemble are highly encouraged to take this course. 
Prerequisite: NONE

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