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Music

The Music Department develops skills in the areas of performance, theory and technology, as well as an appreciation of the art form. All students in performance classes attend weekly rotation lessons.

General diploma requirements include one unit of Art or Music. Students may elect a 5-unit sequence which includes Music Theory I, Music Theory II and three earned units in a performing group.


Orchestra

Prerequisite — Dept. Recommendation
The orchestra is offered to advanced players of all string instruments. Ability to play in positions and ability to sight-read in keys up to four sharps and four flats are required basic skills. The material includes serious orchestral literature as well as contemporary pieces. This class performs at graduation.

Grades 9-12
1 Unit

Concert/Marching Band

Prerequisite — Dept. Recommendation
This course is for advanced Brass, Wind, and Percussion students. Knowledge of the full range of the instrument, awareness of key signatures, and ability to sight-read in keys up to four flats and four sharps are required. Participation in this class is a basic step for membership in Orchestra and Stage Band. PARTICIPATION IN ALL MARCHING BAND
ACTIVITIES IS ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY.

Grades 9-12
1 Unit

Mixed Chorus

Prerequisite — Dept. Recommendation

This class is offered for singing musicians. Tone production, breathing, diction, phrasing, ear-training and sight singing are included. The material also provides for solo, ensemble work, NYSSMA preparation, and required pullout lessons.

Grades 9-12
1 Unit

Stage Band
Prerequisites — Dept. Recommendation and Audition

This course is offered by audition only to advanced players of rhythm instruments, saxophone, trumpet and trombone. Basic skills required are reading ability in all keys and full instrument knowledge. This class explores many styles of music. Jazz playing, chord reading and section work are included. MUST BE REGISTERED MEMBER OF CONCERT/MARCHING BAND AND PARTICIPATE IN ALL MARCHING BAND ACTIVITIES.

Grades 9-12
1 Unit

Chamber Choir

Prerequisites — Dept. Recommendation and Audition

This course is designed for experienced singers who desire to participate in an advanced choral setting. This group performs independently of the Mixed Chorus. It is desirable that members also be registered for Mixed Chorus.

Grades 11-12
1 Unit

Music Theory I

Prerequisite — Dept. Recommendation

This course covers the rudiments of Music, including notation, clefs, key signatures, major and minor scales, meter signatures, intervals, chord structure, chord progressions, figured bass and basic ear-training skills. This course is recommended for students pursuing music-related careers. This course is taught in a state-of-the-art Music Lab and incorporates the latest technology.

Grades 10-12
1 Unit

Music Theory II/Advanced Placement/College Level

Prerequisite — Music Theory I

This course further develops the concepts of Theory I and includes four-part composition, counterpoint, analysis, dictation, sight singing, and extensive ear-training skills. This course culminates in a final project and is required for a five-unit sequence in Music. Students must take the Advanced Placement exam in Music Theory and may receive Advanced Placement and/or college credit. This course is taught in a state-of-the-art Music Lab and incorporates the latest technology.

Grades 11-12
1 Unit

Chamber Orchestra

Prerequisites — Dept. Recommendation and Audition

This course is offered by audition only and is designed for the advanced players of string instruments. Members must be registered in Orchestra.

Grades 9-12
1 Unit

Acoustic Guitar

(Recommended for beginners)

This course is offered to any student interested in learning how to play
the acoustic guitar. Students will be exposed to some basic music theory, introductory concepts for the guitar, and various basics such as the fret board, left hand techniques, finger position, simple & bar chords, melodic guitar, strumming styles, finger picking, and reading both standard notation & tablature. Students will be expected to perform individually throughout the course in order to evaluate their progress.

Grades 9-12
½ Unit

Introduction to Keyboarding
(Recommended for beginners)

This course is offered to any student interested in learning how to play the piano. Using the music keyboard lab, students will be exposed to some basic music theory, standard notation, and various basics such as scales, chords, hand position, fingerings, accompanying techniques, and several music idioms. Students will be expected to perform individually throughout the course in order to evaluate their progress.

Grades 9-12
½ Unit

 


    

Staff

Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke
Director of Innovative Educational Opportunities/Art/Music
516-390-3128

Erik Carlsen
Music Teacher

Daniel DiPasquale
Music Teacher

Nicole Blier
Music Teacher

   


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