Music Classes

CHORALE - SEQUENTIAL

The Chorale is a group designed for the developing vocal musician. Students will learn the basics of musicianship and proper vocal production techniques, while studying a wide variety of choral literature. This group performs in all of the regularly scheduled concerts of the school year. In Chorale, the music materials focus upon easy to moderately difficult multiple-part writing for male and female voices.

Prerequisite: None

Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credits: 2

 

TREBLE CHOIR - SEQUENTIAL

The Treble choir is an intermediate level vocal group for female singers. Students will learn the basics of musicianship and proper vocal production techniques, while studying a wide variety of choral literature. This group performs in all of the regularly scheduled concerts of the school year. In Treble Choir, the music materials focus upon easy to moderately difficult two- and three- part writing for women’s voices.

Prerequisite: None

Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credit: 2

 

CONCERT CHOIR - SEQUENTIAL

The Concert Choir is the premiere vocal ensemble at Fenton High School. Students will continue to develop sight-reading skills, ear training skills and vocal production, while studying a wide variety of choral literature. This group performs in all of the regularly scheduled concerts of the school year and additional performances in the community. In Concert Choir, the music materials focus upon moderate to advanced multiple-part writing for male and female voices.

Prerequisite: Previous experience or director approval

Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credits: 2

 

ACCELERATED CONCERT CHOIR – SEQUENTIAL

Students may take Concert Choir for Accelerated Credit. Students in Accelerated Concert Choir must meet the regular course requirements as well as choose six of the following options: 

1. Receive private voice lessons.
2. Provide private lessons to underclassmen or younger vocal student.
3. Perform a Solo at Solo & Ensemble festival.
4. Perform a director approved solo during class, at a scheduled performance, or at a special event.
5. Prepare and perform IMEA audition material for your director as well as audition for IMEA.
6. Perform in a director approved extra-curricular ensemble outside of school.
7. Perform in a small ensemble at Solo & Ensemble festival, in class, or at a scheduled concert.
8. Audition for and participate in an extra-curricular school ensemble.
9. Attend a director approved collegiate or professional performance and write a critique.
10. Write a research paper about one of the selections that you performed as a solo work or small ensemble.
11. Write a research paper about your instrument/voice
12. Choose a famous artist that performs your part or instrument and write a report on them as well as critique some of their recordings.

Prerequisite: One year participation in a performing ensemble or teacher recommendation and audition

Grade levels: 11,12 Semesters: 2 Credits: 2

 

CONCERT BAND - SEQUENTIAL

The Concert Band is open to all Fenton students with a minimum of two years prior instrumental experience or director approval. Activities for this class will include, but not be limited to, scales, chorales, tone production, challenging literature, critical listening, and music analysis. Students can expect to perform at all Fenton Band concerts, Marching Band performances, and Pep Band games. All students enrolled in this class are automatically members of the Marching Band. Students will be expected to attend a band camp prior to the beginning of the school year, and additional rehearsals outside of the school day during first quarter.

Prerequisite: Selection based upon proficiency by audition only or director approval

Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credits: 2

 

SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE - SEQUENTIAL

CODE: 1st Semester 6341 2nd Semester 6342

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premiere instrumental ensemble at Fenton High School. Activities in this class will include, but not be limited to, scales, chorales, advanced rehearsal techniques, tone production, critical listening, and music analysis. This ensemble rehearses and performs advanced band literature. Students can expect to  perform at all Fenton Band concerts, Marching Band performances and Pep Band games. All students enrolled in this class are automatically members of the Marching Band.Students will be expected to attend a band camp prior to the beginning of the school year, and additional rehearsals outside of the school day during first quarter.

Prerequisite: Selection base upon proficiency by audition only or director approval

Levels: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credits: 2

 

ACCELERATED SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE – SEQUENTIAL

Students may take Symphonic Wind Ensemble for Accelerated Credit. Students in Accelerated Symphonic Wind Ensemble must meet the regular course requirements as well as choose six of the following options:

1. Receive private lessons on your instrument.
2. Provide private lessons to underclassmen or younger band students.
3. Perform a Solo at Solo & Ensemble festival.
4. Perform a director approved solo during class, at a scheduled performance, or at a special event.
5. Prepare and perform IMEA audition material for your director as well as audition for IMEA.
6. Perform in a director approved extra-curricular ensemble outside of school.
7. Perform in a small ensemble at Solo & Ensemble festival, in class, or at a scheduled concert.
8. Audition for and participate in an extra-curricular school ensemble.
9. Attend a director approved collegiate or professional performance and write a critique.
10. Write a research paper about one of the selections that you performed as a solo work or small ensemble.
11. Write a research paper on your instrument.
12. Choose a famous artist that performs your instrument and write a report on them as well as critique some of their recordings.

Prerequisite: One year participation in a performing ensemble or teacher recommendation and audition

Grade levels: 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credits: 2

 

GUITAR I -SEQUENTIAL

This course is for the beginning guitar student. Activities in this class will include, but not be limited to, reading and notating music, playing a wide variety of guitar literature, and developing critical listening skills.

Prerequisite: None

Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credits: 2

 

GUITAR II - SEQUENTIAL

This course is for the developing guitar student. Activities in this class will include, but not be limited to, reading and notating music, playing a wide variety of guitar literature, and developing critical listening skills. 

Prerequisite: Guitar I or permission of instructor

Levels: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credits: 2

 

PIANO I -SEQUENTIAL

This course is for the beginning piano student. Activities in this class will include, but not be limited to, reading and notating music, playing a wide variety of piano literature, and developing critical listening skills.

Prerequisite: None

Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credits: 2

 

PIANO II - SEQUENTIAL

This course is for the developing piano student. Activities in this class will include, but not be limited to, reading and notating music, playing a wide variety of piano literature, and developing critical listening skills.

Prerequisite: Piano I or permission of instructor

Levels: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credits: 2

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY

AP Music Theory is a full year course that is equivalent to that of an entry level college course in music theory.  This course is for students who wish to pursue an in-depth study of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, composition, and to some extent, history and style.  Musicianship skills such as dictation and other listening skills, sight-reading or sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are considered elements of the course, as is the acquisition of advanced music terminology.  Enrollment in this course assumes at least a basic to intermediate skill level related to reading and writing musical notation as well as performance skills in either vocal or instrumental production.  This class would prepare students for the AP Music Theory test in May..

Prerequisite:          One semester of high school choir, band, guitar, piano, or teacher approval.

Levels: 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credits:  2

 

HISTORY OF ROCK

Students will have the opportunity to explore the history of rock music and popular music from its origins to the present day. In this exciting class, students will create their own music, examine the composition process, explore the recording industry of today, and develop critical listening skills. This class will also make connections between the musical arts and current events.

Prerequisite: None

Levels: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 1 Credit: 1

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