Elective Classes

Music

Music Courses:

Beginning Band

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th

Description: Open to students who are interested in learning how to play a band instrument or who need refinement of skills before taking Advanced Band. Some school-owned instruments are available.


Advanced Band – Woodwinds/Brass

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This class is open, upon instructor approval, to any student with previous training on a wind instrument (woodwind or brass). The class will focus on advanced sound production, rhythms, and overall musicianship. All students in this class are required to participate in the course for the entire school year. Some after school practices/performances may be required. There are also mandatory practices two weeks prior to the start of the school year.

Prerequisites: Teacher approval.


Advanced Band – Percussion

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This class is open, upon instructor approval, to any student with previous training on a percussion instrument. The class will focus on advanced sound production, rhythms, and overall musicianship. All students in this class are required to participate in the course for the entire school year. Some after school practices/performances may be required. There are also mandatory practices two weeks prior to the start of the school year.

Prerequisites: Teacher approval.

Guitar

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This class is open to all students. Every student in the class MUST have an acoustic guitar, either through ownership or rental of a school guitar ($50). Students in this class will learn musical notation, basic tablature, tuning methods, chords, chord progressions, etc. Students must have his/her instrument and book in class every day, and regularly practice music outside of the class time.

Jazz Ensemble

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This class is open to all students who have instructor’s approval and pass an audition. This ensemble performs some of the most challenging music at WHS. The rhythm section will consist of piano, bass, drums, and guitar (only one of each). All students in this class are required to participate in the regular band program and some after school rehearsal/performances may be required.

Prerequisites: Teacher approval.

Beginning Orchestra

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This course is designed for the student who wishes to learn the basic skills to play stringed orchestral instruments (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students will learn how to read music and the basics of playing in a small ensemble. Participation in concerts throughout the school year is mandatory.

Prerequisites: An interest in learning to play a string instrument.


Intermediate Orchestra

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This course is designed as a continuation of previous study of a stringed orchestral instrument (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students will learn intermediate level of skills necessary to perform in a string orchestra. Participation in concerts throughout the school year is mandatory.

Prerequisites: Beginning Orchestra or a minimum of one year studying a stringed instrument.


Advanced Orchestra

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This course is designed for students who have participated in a string orchestra (or private lessons) for a minimum of two years. Students will master advanced skills such as shifting to higher positions and orchestral bowing techniques. Participation in concerts throughout the school year is mandatory.

Prerequisites: Minimum of 2 years studying a stringed instrument and Teacher’s Approval.

Studio Piano I

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th

Description: Open to students with no previous music experience. Students will learn music theory, music terminology and piano skills. Requires the purchase of piano book and headphones. Metronome helpful but not required.


Studio Piano II

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: Advanced piano class; only students who complete Piano I with a “C” or better or can pass a written and performance test (given by instructor) will be eligible. Requires purchase of a piano book, headphones, and metronome.


Studio Piano III

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: Audition required regardless of past classes or experience. Requires purchase of various piano books, headphones (possible) and metronome.

Prerequisites: Teacher approval.

Beginning Choir

Grade: 9th, 10th

Description: Students will learn basic music theory, fundamentals of reading music, and vocal production, music listening and evaluation skills and music history. Requires at least two night concerts (Christmas & Spring) Requires purchase of white shirt and black bottoms with black shoes.


Advanced Choir

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: Advanced singing group; only students with previous music study and vocal training are eligible by audition with the director; requires at least two night concerts (Christmas & Spring). Requires purchase of a uniform and some after school rehearsals.

Prerequisites: Teacher approval.

Small Vocal Ensemble

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: A pop group that performs for many school and civic functions; requires extra-curricular activity. Requires purchase of a uniform and possible expenses for a trip. Outside rehearsals are a required part of this course.

Prerequisites: Audition and teacher approval.

Music Faculty:

Debora Falco

dfalco@ebrschools.org

Amber Klein

aklein@ebrschools.org

Glenn Scheuermann
gscheuermann@ebrschools.org

Elective Classes

Music

Music Courses:

Beginning Band

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th

Description: Open to students who are interested in learning how to play a band instrument or who need refinement of skills before taking Advanced Band. Some school-owned instruments are available.


Advanced Band – Woodwinds/Brass

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This class is open, upon instructor approval, to any student with previous training on a wind instrument (woodwind or brass). The class will focus on advanced sound production, rhythms, and overall musicianship. All students in this class are required to participate in the course for the entire school year. Some after school practices/performances may be required. There are also mandatory practices two weeks prior to the start of the school year.

Prerequisites: Teacher approval.


Advanced Band – Percussion

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This class is open, upon instructor approval, to any student with previous training on a percussion instrument. The class will focus on advanced sound production, rhythms, and overall musicianship. All students in this class are required to participate in the course for the entire school year. Some after school practices/performances may be required. There are also mandatory practices two weeks prior to the start of the school year.

Prerequisites: Teacher approval.

Guitar

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This class is open to all students. Every student in the class MUST have an acoustic guitar, either through ownership or rental of a school guitar ($50). Students in this class will learn musical notation, basic tablature, tuning methods, chords, chord progressions, etc. Students must have his/her instrument and book in class every day, and regularly practice music outside of the class time.

Jazz Ensemble

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This class is open to all students who have instructor’s approval and pass an audition. This ensemble performs some of the most challenging music at WHS. The rhythm section will consist of piano, bass, drums, and guitar (only one of each). All students in this class are required to participate in the regular band program and some after school rehearsal/performances may be required.

Prerequisites: Teacher approval.

Beginning Orchestra

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This course is designed for the student who wishes to learn the basic skills to play stringed orchestral instruments (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students will learn how to read music and the basics of playing in a small ensemble. Participation in concerts throughout the school year is mandatory.

Prerequisites: An interest in learning to play a string instrument.


Intermediate Orchestra

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This course is designed as a continuation of previous study of a stringed orchestral instrument (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Students will learn intermediate level of skills necessary to perform in a string orchestra. Participation in concerts throughout the school year is mandatory.

Prerequisites: Beginning Orchestra or a minimum of one year studying a stringed instrument.


Advanced Orchestra

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: This course is designed for students who have participated in a string orchestra (or private lessons) for a minimum of two years. Students will master advanced skills such as shifting to higher positions and orchestral bowing techniques. Participation in concerts throughout the school year is mandatory.

Prerequisites: Minimum of 2 years studying a stringed instrument and Teacher’s Approval.

Studio Piano I

Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th

Description: Open to students with no previous music experience. Students will learn music theory, music terminology and piano skills. Requires the purchase of piano book and headphones. Metronome helpful but not required.


Studio Piano II

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: Advanced piano class; only students who complete Piano I with a “C” or better or can pass a written and performance test (given by instructor) will be eligible. Requires purchase of a piano book, headphones, and metronome.


Studio Piano III

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: Audition required regardless of past classes or experience. Requires purchase of various piano books, headphones (possible) and metronome.

Prerequisites: Teacher approval.

Beginning Choir

Grade: 9th, 10th

Description: Students will learn basic music theory, fundamentals of reading music, and vocal production, music listening and evaluation skills and music history. Requires at least two night concerts (Christmas & Spring) Requires purchase of white shirt and black bottoms with black shoes.


Advanced Choir

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: Advanced singing group; only students with previous music study and vocal training are eligible by audition with the director; requires at least two night concerts (Christmas & Spring). Requires purchase of a uniform and some after school rehearsals.

Prerequisites: Teacher approval.

Small Vocal Ensemble

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: A pop group that performs for many school and civic functions; requires extra-curricular activity. Requires purchase of a uniform and possible expenses for a trip. Outside rehearsals are a required part of this course.

Prerequisites: Audition and teacher approval.

Music Faculty:

Debora Falco
dfalco@ebrschools.org

Amber Klein
aklein@ebrschools.org

Glenn Scheuermann
gscheuermann@ebrschools.org