Music Courses

601011 - Concert Band

This course studies music through performance in band. We use standard concert band instrumentation (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion). Students are encouraged to have their own instruments.  Some of the larger secondary instruments (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, euphonium, and tuba) are provided by the school.  Individual practice outside of class is required. Students are assessed based on their participation in rehearsal, performances, and quarterly performance tests.  Concert Band performs in quarterly concerts, assemblies, and parades. 

Prerequisite: Participation in band in middle school or the ability to play a band instrument at the 9th grade level. 
Credit: 1
Grades: 9 through 12 
Length: 1 year
Weight: 1.0

601062 - Concert Choir

Concert Choir is a non-audition group open to all students, regardless of music experience. This course studies music through performance in choir, with repertoire ranging from classical to current day popular music. Students are assessed based on participation in rehearsal, quarterly concerts, and music literacy skills. Performances include in-school assemblies and evening concerts.

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Class meets every day
Length: 1 year
Grades: 9 through 12
Weight: 1.0

601041 - UCONN ECE Music Theory 1 

This is the study of how music is created and organized.  Topics covered are: notation, rhythm, pitch, scales, modes, the Circle of Fifths, key signatures, intervals, ear training, triads, seventh chords, inversions, basic chord progressions, and microanalysis of hymns and chorales. Experience studying an instrument or voice is extremely helpful.  The ability to read music is not required but strongly recommended.  This course is a prerequisite for Music Theory II.

Prerequisite: None 
Credit: 1
Grade: 10 through 12 
Length: 1 year
Weight: 1.0

601042 - UCONN ECE Music Theory 2

Music Theory 2 is a continuation of Music Theory 1 and focuses heavily on advanced theoretical concepts and compositional techniques from the Baroque period through today. Topics include chordal analysis, phrase structure, texture, harmonic rhythm, voice leading, harmonic progression, and secondary dominant/leading tone chords. Students will also be introduced to advanced musical forms through analysis of works by master composers.

Prerequisite: Music Theory 1 
Credit: 1
Grades: 10 - 12 
Length: 1 year
Weight: 1.1

601031 – Acoustic Guitar I

This course is designed for students with little to no experience on guitar and focuses on rhythm guitar.  Topics covered are: parts of the guitar, posture, beginning playing techniques, basic notation reading, chords, I/IV/V progressions, barring, the capo, and beginning scales.  Modern technology is used extensively to assist in finding applicable songs and using online tutorials.  Students must provide their own guitar.  This course is a prerequisite for Guitar II.

Prerequisite: None 
Credit: 1/2
Grades: 9 through 12 
Length: 1 year (every other day)
Weight: 1.0

601032 – Acoustic Guitar II

Guitar II is a continuation of Guitar I and the study of the acoustic guitar.  The class covers the fundamentals of acoustic guitar including beginning/intermediate technique basic music theory, the role of the rhythm guitarist, chord progressions, scales, and basic music reading. Advanced students may begin learning solo techniques. Proficiency with music reading is not required but extremely helpful. Students are responsible for their own instrument.  This class is open to grades 9-12 and must either have successfully completed Guitar I or has passed a proficiency exam.

Prerequisite: Guitar I or Audition
Credit: ½
Grades : 9 through 12 
Length: 1 year (every other day)
Weight: 1.0

601043 - UCONN ECE Music Appreciation

This course will introduce the student to a variety of musical genres throughout history, including current and popular music. We will learn to identify these genres, compare them to one another and to other art forms of their time, and explore their connection to world events. This class focuses on listening and responding to examples of great compositional works and understanding the development of music over the course of history.  This course is a prerequisite to History of Jazz and Rock and Roll.

Prerequisite: None 
Credit: 1
Grades : 10 through 12
Length: 1 year
Weight: 1.1

601016 - Jazz/Rock Ensemble

This ensemble, as a performing group, will study moderately difficult music ranging from the Big Band/Swing era to modern jazz/rock. This will involve the study of musical style and the blues as well as performance problems of the instrumentalist. The ensemble performs in concerts and assemblies.

Prerequisite: Audition 
Credit: ½
Meets outside of school day as determined by instructor
Grades: 9 through 12 
Weight: Pass/Fail

 601056 - Kina Mama

This all female select ensemble performs music from a variety of genres, including multi-cultural, contemporary, and acappella selections. Ladies chosen for this ensemble have demonstrated a strong singing voice, the ability to learn music quickly and a strong work ethic. Kina Mama rehearses once weekly in the evening and performs at concerts and community events throughout the year. Auditions will be held at the beginning of the school year.

Prerequisite: Audition/Enrollment in an in-school performing group 
Credit: .5
Length: 1 year
Meets outside of the school day as determined by the director
Weight: Pass/Fail
Grades: 9 through 12 females

601045 - Voice Class

Students enrolled in voice class will have the opportunity to improve their vocal skills in a small group atmosphere. Breath support, healthy tone quality, phrasing, and style will be stressed. Beginners as well as experienced singers are invited to enroll. Students will choose the music they wish to study from a wide variety of styles from classical to musical theater.

Prerequisite: None
Credit: ¼
Class meets every other day - fall semester
Length: 1 semester
Grades: 9 through 12
Weight: 1.0

601017 - Beginning Band 
This is a course designed for those who either never took band and now want to, or those who are simply interested in learning a wind or brass instrument. Students will learn the beginning techniques of the instruments as well as music reading.  Students are assessed through class participation and performance tests.  No public performance is required.

Prerequisite: none
Credit: ½
Meets all year (every other day)
Grades: 9 through 12 
Weight:1.0

601066 - Piano/Keyboard Class

This course will teach beginning piano skills in a small group setting. No prior musical knowledge is necessary, but students with piano experience are also welcome – the instructor will accommodate any student at his/her current skill level. Points of focus include basic piano technique, music reading skills, and playing by ear. Although music will be primarily provided by the instructor, students are welcome to bring other repertoire if they wish. Keyboards will be provided for classroom use, but students must have a piano or keyboard at home for practice purposes.

Prerequisite: none
Credit: 1/2
Class meets: All year Every-other day
Grades: 9 through 12
Weight: 1.0

601049 - History of Jazz/Rock and Roll

Prerequisite: Music Appreciation
Credit: 1
Grades: 11-12
Weight: 1.0
Length: 1 Year