Band and Orchestra

Band and Orchestra

Percussion Ensemble

821 CP Percussion Ensemble Percussion
Grades 9,10,11,12
Credit 1

Percussion Ensemble is designed for the development of both beginner and advanced percussion students. Students develop knowledge of music reading skills, musicality, music terminology, music history, and music theory. The primary repertoire of this course is Symphonic Band and String Orchestra music, as well as music to be performed as a percussion ensemble. Students are required to prepare short solos on the various percussion instruments. Extracurricular rehearsals and performances are required.

Symphonic Band

822 CP Symphonic Band (1, 2, 3, 4)
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit 1

Symphonic Band provides intermediate/advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion instruction in a class setting. Emphasis is placed on ensemble fundamentals and individual technique through the performance of classical and contemporary wind band literature. The Symphonic Band performs in school and community concerts, extra rehearsals and performances are required as part of this course. Freshmen and new members begin their high school instrumental music studies in Symphonic Band.

 

 

Wind Ensemble

805 CP Wind Ensemble (1, 2, 3)
Grades 10, 11, 12
Credit 1

Wind Ensemble is a course designed for advanced Woodwind and Brass students. Wind Ensemble students gain exposure to professional chamber wind literature and develop skills to achieve individual music goals, such as All-State, Honor Band, and college auditions. During concert and adjudicated festival performances, the Wind Ensemble may perform with the String Orchestra, the Symphonic Band, or both. The Wind Ensemble also performs at all in-school liturgies.
 

String Orchestra

806 CP String Orchestra (1, 2, 3, 4)
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit 1

String Orchestra provides intermediate/advanced string instruction in a class setting. Emphasis is placed on ensemble fundamentals and individual technique through the performance of string and full-orchestral literature. For select performances, the Symphonic Band and/or Wind Ensemble combines with the String Orchestra to form the TCHS Symphony Orchestra. The String Orchestra performs in school and community concerts, extra rehearsals and performances are required as part of this course. 

PREREQUISITE:
Audition and permission of the Instructor

AP Music Theory 

810 AP Music Theory
Grades 10, 11 and 12 
Credit 1

AP Music Theory is designed to engage students in learning activities that help them to achieve the outcome assessed by the College Board’s AP Music Theory exam. The Advanced Music Theory course develops a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score through various listening, performance, written, creative, and analytical exercises. Although this course focuses on music of the Common Practice Period (1650-1850), materials and processes found in other styles and genres are also studied. Students are encouraged to sit for the College Board’s AP Theory exam. Students who successfully complete the AP Music Theory Exam and plan to major in music in college, may be able to enroll in an advanced music theory course, depending upon the individual college’s policy. 

Tri-M, Music Honor Society

Modern Music Masters, Tri-M, Music Honor Society was developed to motivate students, recognize their efforts, and honor their accomplishments. It is the purpose of the individual chapters to provide the opportunity to strengthen school music programs, help students reach their full musical potential, encourage instrumental and vocal students to work together toward common goals, and to focus attention on school music programs throughout communities.

Students are selected based on five points of distinction: scholarship, character, cooperation, leadership, and service, as well as musicianship. For more information, please contact club moderator Mrs. Jane Brown at jbrown@thecatholichighschool.org.