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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 Strings—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.

Concert Choir (Beginning Choir): This beginning-level mixed-voice vocal ensemble of all voice parts is for any student interested in continuing their choral experience beyond middle school.  Note-reading and musical concepts are learned, as are the fundamentals of healthy and expressive singing.  Students are exposed to music from varied genres and time periods.  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.  Prior choral experience or audition not necessary.  Entrance is available year-round.

Bass Choir: This intermediate-level bass clef vocal ensemble of tenor and bass voices is for the experienced choral student interested in continuing their choral experience.  More challenging note-reading and musical concepts are learned and built upon, as are the elements of healthy and expressive singing.  Students are exposed to challenging music from varied genres and time periods, including music performed a cappella (without instruments).  This group performs at least three evening public concerts a year and sometimes performs outside the school.  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 distinction both inside and outside the school.  Prior choral experience is preferred.  An audition is required for admittance.

Treble Choir: This intermediate-level treble clef vocal ensemble of soprano and alto voices is for the experienced choral student interested in continuing their choral experience.  More challenging note-reading and musical concepts are learned and built upon, as are the elements of healthy and expressive singing.  Students are exposed to challenging music from varied genres and time periods, including music performed a cappella (without instruments).  This group performs at least three evening public concerts a year and sometimes performs outside the school.  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 distinction both inside and outside the school.  Prior choral experience is preferred.  An audition is required for admittance.

Varsity Choir (Advanced Choir): This advanced, mixed-voice vocal ensemble of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices is for the experienced and committed choral student, and is comprised of juniors and seniors. More sophisticated and difficult note-reading and musical concepts are learned and built upon, as are the artistic elements of healthy and expressive singing in varied styles.  Students are exposed to sophisticated music from varied genres and time periods, including music performed a cappella.  This group performs at least four evening public concerts a year and often performs outside the school.  The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in sophisticated, artistic collaboration with the rest of the ensemble and to represent the school with pride and distinction both inside and outside the school.  This ensemble tours nationally each Spring.  Prior choral experience is necessary.  An audition is required for admittance.

Pop Singers (Pop Choir): This small, highly-advanced mixed-voice vocal ensemble of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices is for the highly-advanced and highly-committed choral student.  Highly-sophisticated note-reading and musical concepts are learned and built upon, as are highly-artistic elements of healthy and expressive singing.  Students are exposed to sophisticated arrangements from the genres of jazz, blues, and pop. There is a focus on both ensemble sound and solo singing and there are collaborations with the jazz band. This group performs at least four evening public concerts a year and also performs extensively outside the school.  The student needs to have a desire to use their voice in sophisticated, artistic collaboration with the rest of the ensemble and to represent the school with pride and distinction both inside and outside the school.  This ensemble tours nationally each Spring.  Prior choral experience is necessary.  Students selected for this ensemble must also be currently enrolled in another performing music ensemble at South High School.  An audition is required for admittance.  Auditions are held in September.  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.