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Classes Offered
 

Beginning Band: A course designed to give students an opportunity to learn or relearn a band instrument at the high school level.
 
Concert Band: This ensemble is for any musician interested in continuing their band experience beyond middle school.  No audition is required, but prior band experience is necessary.  You will learn new techniques on your instrument through the rehearsal and performance of varied literature and increase your knowledge of music theory and terminology.  This group performs three evening concerts a year.
 
Symphonic Band: This ensemble is for any musician interested in continuing their band experience at a high level. An audition is required to join this ensemble. You will learn new techniques on your instrument through the rehearsal and performance of varied literature and increase your knowledge of music theory and terminology. This group performs three evening concerts a year.

Wind Ensemble: This ensemble is for any musician interested in continuing their band experience at a challenging level.  An audition is required to join this ensemble.  You will learn new techniques on your instrument through the rehearsal and performance of varied literature and increase your knowledge of music theory and terminology.  This group performs three evening concerts a year and participates in a tour in the spring. 

Jazz Ensemble II: group of musicians who perform jazz in the traditional Big Band setting. Students explore and perform works of various styles and periods. This ensemble learns the fundamentals of jazz, including soloing, style, terminology, and theory. Information about Jazz ensemble participation will be available at the beginning of each school year. Jazz II performs four or more public concerts a year. This is a Zero Hour class.

Jazz Ensemble I: This ensemble performs many different genres of music including swing, bop, funk, rock, and more. Improvisation and stylistic interpretation is the focus of this group. Auditions for the jazz ensembles are held in early September of each school year.  Students can audition on traditional big band instruments: alto, tenor and bari sax, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, vibes, and drum set.  Jazz I performs four or more public concerts and gigs a year.  This is a Zero Hour class.  An audition is required for admittance.

Beginning Orchestra: Any student looking to learn a new instrument is welcome in Beginning Strings. No experience in music necessary!

String Orchestra: A performance based group that works on varied styles of music available to string orchestras. Students learn the principles of performance such as bowing, tone production and style.


Chamber Orchestra: A select group of musicians who perform at a high level of proficiency. The group offers advanced students a challenge of working on concert literature at a difficult level.  An audition is required for admittance.

Beginning Concert Choir: All grade levels, all voice parts. Little or no choir experience required. For students interested in learning about note-reading and musical concepts, composing and arranging vocal music, and the fundamentals of healthy and expressive singing. Students learn and perform music from varied genres and time periods and sing in unison, 2-part, and 3-part harmony. This group performs three evening public concerts a year. The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in collaboration with the rest of the ensemble. No prior experience required. Entrance is available year-round.

Intermediate Bass Choir: All grade levels, Tenor and Bass voices. At least 1 year of choir experience required. For tenors and basses interested in building on intermediate levels of note-reading and musical concepts, composing and arranging vocal music, and intermediate concepts of healthy and expressive singing. Students learn and perform intermediate-level music from varied genres and time periods, including music performed a cappella (without instruments) and singing in up to 4-part harmony. This group performs at least three evening public concerts a year and sometimes performs at outside venues. The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in artistic collaboration with the rest of the ensemble and to represent the school with pride and excellence both inside and outside the school. 1 year of choir experience required.

Intermediate Treble Choir: All grade levels, Soprano and Alto voices. At least 1 year of choir experience required. For sopranos and altos interested in building on intermediate levels of note-reading and musical concepts, composing and arranging vocal music, and intermediate concepts of healthy and expressive singing. Students learn and perform intermediate-level music from varied genres and time periods, including music performed a cappella (without instruments) and singing in up to 4-part harmony. This group performs at least three evening public concerts a year and sometimes performs at outside venues. The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in artistic collaboration with the rest of the ensemble and to represent the school with pride and excellence both inside and outside the school. 1 year of choir experience required.

Advanced Varsity Choir: 11th and 12th grades, all voice parts. At least 2 years of choir experience in Treble Choir or Bass Choir required. For 11th and 12th graders interested in building on advanced levels of note-reading and musical concepts, composing and arranging vocal music, and advanced concepts of healthy and expressive singing. Students learn and perform advanced-level music from varied genres and time periods, including music performed a cappella (without instruments) and singing in up to 8-part harmony. This group performs at least three evening public concerts a year at South and performs several times a year in the Twin Cities community. The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in artistic collaboration with the rest of the ensemble and to represent the school with pride and excellence both inside and outside the school. 2 years of choir experience in Treble Choir or Bass Choir required.

Pop Singers (Pop Choir): All grade levels, all voice parts. For students interested in developing vocal jazz musicianship skills and knowledge, including advanced levels of note-reading and musical concepts, composing and arranging vocal music, developing aural fluency in jazz chord progessions, and advanced concepts of healthy and expressive singing. Students learn and perform advanced-level jazzj music, including music performed a cappella (without instruments) and singing in up to 8-part harmony. This ensemble also focuses on development of the solo jazz voice. This group performs at least three evening public concerts a year at South and performs several times a year in the Twin Cities community. The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in artistic collaboration with the rest of the ensemble, to develop their solo jazz voice, and to represent the school with pride and excellence both inside and outside the school. Students selected for this ensemble must also be currently enrolled in another performing music ensemble at South (choir, band, or orchestra). An audition is required for admittance. Auditions are held in September, the 2nd week of school. Audition-Prep Workshops are held the 1st week of school. This class meets Zero Hour.

Creative Composition: Topics such as theory, composition, history, conducting, orchestration, and music listening will be covered in this class. It is recommended that students have some experience reading music to be the most successful in this class.

Beginning/Intermediate Class Piano: Offered to students at any level of proficiency.

Beginning Guitar-: Offered to students who are new to guitar.

Intermediate Guitar: Offered to students who have completed Guitar Class I or by teacher recommendation.

Sound Production: Students will create and explore music through technology. No experience is necessary.