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Instrumental Music

Band
I055 Concert Band HN
MusicConcert Band is designed for students who have played a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument for at least one year. Students will study and play a wide range of music literature, from light classics and popular to the traditional music of both Western and non-Western cultures. In addition to performance skills, students will study music theory, composition/arranging, and ear training. Students electing this course will be expected to participate in events at which the Band performs including assemblies, competitions, football games, concerts, and civic affairs such as the Memorial Day Parade. Students are encouraged to take this course for continuous semesters and over multiple years to continue development of their composition, technical, and performance skills. Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: One year of instrument instruction

I040 HN Drumline/Percussion Ensemble
In this course, students learn how to play as an ensemble. The instrumentation includes traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments such as snare drum, bass drum, multi-toms, mallets, cymbals, timpani and world percussion instruments. Students in Drumline / Percussion Ensemble make up the percussion section of the CRLS Concert Band, as well as being members of the Drumline, and Percussion Ensemble. The Concert Band and the Drumline perform at the Memorial Day Parade and Thanksgiving football game. Percussion Ensemble plays a featured piece at the winter and Spring concerts and performs as band members. This course is for drummers, percussionists and all instrumentalists who have been playing for at least one year. Students are encouraged to take this course for continuous semesters and over multiple years to continue development of their composition, technical, and performance skills. This class includes rhythmic ear training, composition, arranging and improvisation. Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: One semester; Credits: 10. Prerequisite: By audition with Mr. Nojechowicz.

ChorusI091 HN World Jazz Ensemble
This jazz ensemble will focus on the performance of a variety of musical styles from many areas of the world, such as South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Instrumentation will be piano, bass, drums, guitar, horn, strings, woodwinds, and vocals. This ensemble will include original materials written and performed by the students as well as the instructor. The course will also focus on how the rhythm section works in many different styles. In addition it will include recording and basic music production using professional music software. The World Jazz Ensemble will perform at school concerts and community events. This advanced ensemble is for students who have played their instruments for at least two years. Meets once per week after school; Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: Year; Credits: 4 per semester; Prerequisite: By audition with Mr. Nojechowitz

1090 HN Big Band Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble meets all year, one evening per week for three hours. This course provides an opportunity to study and perform various styles of jazz in a highly challenging setting. The course emphasizes music theory, ear training and improvisational technique. Students will be expected to participate in all events at which the Jazz Ensemble performs including assemblies, competitions, concerts and civic events. Students are encouraged to take this course over multiple years to continue development of their technical and performance skills. Participation is by audition only. Meets once per week after school; Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: Year; Credits: 4 per semester; Prerequisite: By audition with Mr. Powers

I085 Foundations of Drumming
This course focuses on the development of snare drum grip and sticking techniques. It features basic rhythms from the US, Brazil, Cuba and Argentina. It includes rhythmic ear training and snare drum reading. This class is designed for all levels: beginners, intermediate or advanced. It can be taken several times, as the material is tailored each semester to the student’s needs. There will be audio and video examples from different artistic styles, such as hip hop, jazz and Latin. Students will be encouraged to bring a favorite tune to work on in class. Students will learn how to read music charts in a variety of situations, to orchestrate around the set, and to create a groove. Students will learn the structure of a song and how to move the beat. This course is open to any instrumentalists, not just drummers, as well as dancers and actors who would like to expand their musical vocabulary and learn more about creative improvisation and rhythmic patterns. Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: One semester; Credits: 10

Orchestra
I059 String Orchestra HN String Orchestra
String Orchestra is open to all string players (violin, viola, cello, upright bass) who are proficient on their instrument. Students will study and perform a wide range of music literature. In addition to performance skills, students will also study music theory and critical listening. Students electing this course will be expected to participate in events at which the orchestra performs. These events may include assemblies, competitions, concerts, and civic affairs. Students are encouraged to repeat this course in consecutive semesters and over multiple years to continue the development of their performance skills and overall musicianship. Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester (students are encouraged to take it for continuous semesters); Credits: 10; Prerequisite: One year of string instruction