Course Descriptions

MUSIC DEPARTMENT ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

Content Area Primary Responsibilities: Fine and Performing Art
Students at Somerset Berkley Regional High School will:
1. Come to school prepared and ready to work.
2. Develop effective study skills.
3. Evaluate their own work using a variety of assessment methods.
4. Be able to explore, develop, and express their own creativity.
5. Be able to read, write, and communicate effectively.
6. Reason logically to develop problem-solving skills.
7. Assimilate, analyze, interpret, and evaluate information critically.
8. Become capable researchers skilled in the many methods of accessing information.
9. Recognize the importance of multiple viewpoints in order to understand people, issues, and events.
10. Develop an appreciation for world cultures through the visual arts, music, literature, history, and language.
11. Use computers and appropriate technological methods to solve problems and to acquire, organize, and communicate information.
12. Use the arts to explore and express ideas, feelings, and beliefs.

SOMERSET BERKLEY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS
Courses in music department will focus on the following academic expectations:
1. Self-Evaluate and reflect on their learning using a variety of methods.
2. Explore, develop and express their creativity.
3. Solve problems by reasoning, critically and creatively.

PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS
The following performing organizations exist at Somerset Berkley Regional High School. Rehearsals and performances for these groups are both in and out of school. Students will receive course credit for every rehearsal period that the class is scheduled for. These organizations include performances at some or all of the following: Musictown Festival Concerts and Events, Vespers Concert, Spring Concerts, Music Festival Competitions, as well as New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) and United States Bands (USBands) Marching Band, Indoor Color Guard and Indoor Percussion Ensemble Competitions. Music of various styles is studied for the purpose of enriching the lives of these student musicians through cooperative individual participation. All of these organizations encourage the intellectual, musical and social development of the individual through the performance of high-quality music. Students who wish to participate in the Massachusetts’ Music Educator Association (MMEA) Southeast District and All-State Festivals must be a member in good standing of an appropriate school performing organization. Students who wish to participate in the Massachusetts’ Music Educator Association (MMEA) Southeast District and All-State Festivals, as well as the National Association for Music Education (MENC) Festivals must be a member in good standing of an appropriate school performing organization.
1. CONCERT BAND
Course # 60907
Grades 9–12 / 3 periods per cycle
The concert band is open to all woodwind, brass and percussion students, grades 9 – 12, who have had at least 2 years of experience playing their instrument. This class is a pre-requisite for all extra-curricular, band/color guard-related ensembles.
2. SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE
Course # 600807
Grades 9–12 / 3 periods per cycle
This is a select band comprised of students in grades 9 -12, who have had at least 2 years of experience playing their instrument. All members must audition for this group in the spring with the Director of Bands.
Pre-requisite: Students who participate in this ensemble must also participate in the Concert Band.
3. ORCHESTRA
Course # 600707
Grades 9–12 / 4 periods per cycle
This ensemble is open to all string players in grades 9 – 12, who have had at least 2 years experience playing their instrument. Woodwind, Brass and Percussion student musicians from the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be selected to perform with the Orchestra to form a Symphonic Orchestra for select concerts. This class is a pre-requisite for all extra-curricular, band/color guard-related ensembles.
4. STRING ENSEMBLE
Course # 600407
Grades 9–12 / 2 periods per cycle
This is a select ensemble comprised of students in grades 9 -12, who have had at least 2 years of experience playing their instrument. All members must audition for this group in the spring with the Orchestra Director. Pre-requisite: Students who participate in this ensemble must also participate in the Orchestra.
5. CONCERT CHOIR
(2017-2018 Concert Choir Syllabus)
Course # 600507
Grades 9–12 / 4 periods per cycle
Membership in this organization is elective and is open to all. This class is a pre-requisite for all extra-curricular, band/color guard-related & choral ensembles.
6. CHORALE
(2017-2018 Chorale Syllabus)
Course # 600607
Grades 9–12 / 2 periods per cycle
Membership in this organization is by audition. This class is a pre-requisite for all extra-curricular, band/color guard-related & choral ensembles.

EXTRACURRICULAR MUSIC ENSEMBLES
These ensembles rehearse during after-school hours or in the evening. All students who wish to participate in these ensembles must be a member in good standing of an appropriate in-school music ensemble.
1. “BLUE RAIDER” MARCHING BAND
(Fall Season / June – December as well as Memorial Day Parade in May)
This organization is an extracurricular band comprised of hornline (woodwind & brass), color guard, battery percussion and pit percussion sections. All members of the band program are strongly encouraged to participate. The Marching Band competes at New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) marching band competitions, as well as performs at home varsity football games and in local parades during the fall season. All instrumental members of the Marching Band must be a member in good standing of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and/or Concert Band; Color Guard members must be a member in good standing of any in-school band, choral or string ensemble.
2. JAZZ BAND
(Full School Year Season / September – June)
Membership in this organization is selective, and open to all students from grades 9-12 through auditions given in the spring based on openings in the ensemble. The ensemble rehearses weekly and represents Somerset Berkley Regional High School at various festivals, competitions, and performance sites during the school day and after school hours throughout the year. All instrumental members of the Jazz Band must be a member in good standing of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and/or Concert Band; vocal members must be a member in good standing of any choral ensemble.
3. WINTER PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
(Winter Season / December – April)
The Indoor Winter Percussion rehearses weekly from December through April during after school hours and on weekends. The Winter Percussion Ensemble represents Somerset Berkley Regional High School at New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) indoor percussion competitions beginning in February and ending in mid-April. All competitions are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Woodwind and Brass instrumentalist from other band ensembles are strongly encouraged to participate and learn a new instrument. All members of the Winter Percussion Ensemble must be a member in good standing of any in-school band, choral or string ensemble.
4. WINTER COLOR GUARD
(Winter Season / December – April)
The Winter Color Guard rehearses weekly from December through April during after school hours and on weekends. The Winter Color Guard represents Somerset Berkley Regional High School at New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) indoor color guard competitions beginning in February and ending in mid-April. All competitions are held on Saturdays and Sundays. All instrumental and choral students from other performance ensembles are strongly encouraged to participate and learn a new skill set. All members of the Winter Color Guard must be a member in good standing of any in-school band, choral or string ensemble.
5. “ELECTRIFY” SHOW CHOIR
(Full School Year Season / September – June)
“Electrify” Show Choir rehearses weekly throughout the school year during after-school hours, evening hours and on weekends. Membership in the ensemble is selective, and open to all students from grades 9-12 through auditions given in the spring. This ensemble provides both singing and dance opportunities in a variety of contemporary genres. The “Electrify” Show Choir represents Somerset Berkley Regional High School at various festivals and competitions beginning in November and ending in mid-April. All competitions are held on Saturdays and Sundays. All members of the “Electrify” Show Choir must be a member in good standing of the Concert Choir and/or Chorale.
6. “AMPLIFIED” SHOW CHOIR
(Full School Year Season / September – June)
Chorale rehearses weekly throughout the school year during after-school hours and represents Somerset Berkley Regional High School at various festivals and performance sites during the year. Membership in the ensemble is selective, and open to all female students from grades 9-12 through auditions given in the spring. This organization provides activities, experiences and performance opportunities similar to those included in other choral activities on a more advanced level. All members of the Chorale must be a member in good standing of the Concert Choir and/or Chorale.
7. CHAMBER STRINGS
(Full School Year Season / September – June)
Chamber Strings rehearses weekly throughout the school year during after-school hours. Membership in the ensemble is selective, and open to all String students from grades 9-12 through auditions given in September. This ensemble provides advanced String students the opportunity to perform for official school functions, community events as well as working on standard chamber music literature. All members of Chamber Strings must be in good standing in Orchestra and String Ensemble.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT CLASSES
HISTORY OF BROADWAY
Course # 620207
Grades 9–12 / Levels 1, 2 & 3 / 6 periods per cycle
History of Broadway meets six times in a cycle and is an elective where the primary objective is to expose students to the rich history, heritage and evolution of the American Musical Comedy leading to a vast knowledge of New York’s theatrical history from Vaudeville through modern day integrated musicals through the use of audio and visual media. Students will also develop an understanding of the production aspects of the theater world from the points of view of directors, producers and behind-the-scenes technicians. Students will also be required as part of this course to contribute to the Spring Musical Production whether it be during class time or as an extra-curricular participant. No instrumental or choral experience is required.
INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC
Course # 605114
Grades 9–12 / Levels 1, 2 & 3 / 6 periods per cycle

 

This class will cover the basics and more advanced of music theory, arranging, composition and ear training. This course is designed to enable students with experience in performing music, instrumentally or vocally, to take their musical skills to a higher level. With music theory, students will learn how the combination of melody, harmony and rhythm develop into music. Ear training will allow them to become better sight-readers and performers. These two skills will allow you the ability to compose and arrange their own music.

THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL
Course # 600107
Grades 9-12 / 3 periods per cycle
The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll meets three times in a cycle and is an elective where the primary objective is to expose students to American popular music in a variety of genres starting with 1950’s rhythm ‘n’ blues, to the inception of rock ‘n’ roll, and through to the contemporary genres of today’s popular music. This will lead to an informed understanding of popular music as a relevant and significant art form. The secondary objectives are to further the development of a basic knowledge of rock music structure, broaden musical awareness, and to understand how society influences the changing tide of musical styles. This course will explore the role that music plays in our everyday lives and students will be exposed to various media. No Prerequisite: Playing an instrument or the ability to read music is NOT necessary for this course.
MUSIC PRODUCTION & ENGINEERING
Course # 600207
Grades 9-12 / 3 periods per cycle (semester course)
Music Production & Engineering meets three times in a cycle and designed for the student who is interested in music, but may not play an instrument. This class will spend much time exploring the newest forms of digital sound recording and manipulation on the computer through a process called sequencing. We will be investigating on-line resources and working with software programs such as Audacity, and Avid ProTools to create music without performing on traditional instruments. Students will be creating their own songs from the computer using online resources and then exporting them to digital media. In addition to digital audio recording, students will learn about sound and lighting production and put those skills to practical use by providing sound engineering and digital recording services for school events, concerts and drama productions in the Performing Arts Center. No Prerequisite: Playing an instrument or the ability to read music is NOT necessary for this course, but is beneficial.
VOCAL TECHNIQUES
Course # 621307
Grades 9–12 / Levels 1,2 & 3 / 6 periods per cycle
(Vocal Techniques Syllabus)
This class is designed to provide students with the fundamental techniques. Music of all styles, periods, and cultures will be studied. Students will expand their individual abilities with both solo and class performances. Students will also develop skills necessary to become an independent musician. The class will be multi-leveled to meet student needs. Requirements will be adjusted and arranged between the teacher and student.
THEATER TECHNIQUES
Course # 605056
Grades 10–12 / 3 periods per cycle
(Theater Techniques Syllabus)

This class is designed to provide advanced students with the opportunity to further their mastery of theater arts. This class will encompass Singing, Acting, Writing, Directing, and Stage Movement. Students will expand their individual abilities with both solo and class performances. Students will also develop skills necessary to become an independent musician director, and actor. Requirements will be adjusted and arranged between the teacher and student. Multi-year enrollment is open to the discretion of the instructor.

PIANO/KEYBOARD LAB
Course # 601107
Grades 9-12 / 3 periods per cycle
The purpose of this class is to introduce and develop keyboard skills from beginner to intermediate. The class is recommended for Music Foundations and Jazz students as well as any other interested students. Each student may progress at their own speed, working individually and in groups. Included in this class will be the use of current electronic keyboards and electronic equipment, including sequencers, sound modules, and the Macintosh computer with music software. This class requires no previous experience. Multi-year enrollment is open to the discretion of the instructor.