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High School Chorus         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: None                                        Credits: 1
This year long course is designed to give students the opportunity to sing in a choral environment. The chorus will prepare for three large concerts in the fall, winter and spring. Each student will be in a small group that will meet on a rotating schedule, these voice lessons will provide students with small group instruction time geared towards vocal technique, basic music theory, sight reading, and choral techniques such as blending and tone.

Select Chorus         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation            Credits: ½
This is a year long course which meets every other day. This course is designed as an opportunity for those vocal students who are interested in more challenging music. Select chorus will participate in five concerts, performing a varied repertoire of music.

Concert Band           Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: In grade 9 or 10 with previous instrumental experience           Credits: 1
Instrumental music students with previous experience in grades 9 and 10 will be members of the concert band. Concert band rehearses every day and performs four concerts a year. The students will perform various styles of music from the concert band literature. Each student will also be in a small lesson group that will meet on a rotating basis. The lessons provide the students with more individualized instruction on their instrument.

Wind Ensemble          Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Previous experience in grades 10, 11 & 12 (10th grade must audition)      Credits: 1
Instrumental music students with previous experience in grades 11 and 12 will be in the wind ensemble. Students in grade 10 may audition to be in wind ensemble at the end of the previous school year. The wind ensemble will perform a higher level music from the concert band literature. At the four concerts each year the wind ensemble will perform plus they will combine with the concert band to play a couple of selections. Each student will also be in a small lesson group that will meet on a rotating basis. The lessons provide the students with more individualized instruction on their instrument. Wind ensemble rehearses every day.

Jazz Ensemble          Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval           Credits: ½
Jazz Ensemble is offered to students in grade 9-12 who are in concert band or wind ensemble. At the two concerts each year the students will perform music in the various styles of jazz music including blues, swing, rock, ballads and Latin. Students will work on improvisation during class. Jazz Ensemble meets every other day

Theatre Production Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Credits: 1
This is a one year course which is designed to allow students the opportunity to participate in some behind the scenes theatre. Students will be designing and building sets for two to three shows throughout the year, including the spring musical. Students will also have an end of the year project to give them the chance to write, direct, and act in their own short play.