Music

EHS Academic Course Offerings

All courses offered by the Music Department count towards fulfilling any Fine Arts requirement for graduation. Courses offered by the Music Department fall into three categories:

  1. Open enrollment classes are open to any student and include Basic Guitar, Men’s Choir, Treble Choir, Music Theory, and Music Production.
  2. Enrollment by permission of the instructor includes Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussive Arts Class and Red Orchestra. For these courses, students should check with the instructor well before the final enrollment day to avoid scheduling problems.
  3. Selection by audition includes Jazz Band, Chorale, Select Choir and Black Orchestra. Auditions will be scheduled for those courses requiring an audition. A list of students chosen for each select group will be posted before final enrollment.

CHORALE

(Gr 10-12) (Three Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This is a select group of male and female voices, boys in grades 10-12 and girls in grades 11-12. Auditions are in the spring for the following year. Emphasis is on choral style and performance. Attendance at performances outside of class time is required. Singers will purchase a tux or gown. Students will use solfege and takadimi reading systems to enhance musical literacy. Class can be repeated for credit.

CONCERT BAND

(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Members are selected by director’s permission. Attendance at all performances is required. Exceptions to this requirement can only be made by consulting the band director in advance. All members are required to be enrolled in marching band first trimester since band is a year-long course. Class can be repeated for credit.

INTRO TO MUSIC THEORY

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is a prerequisite for any choir, band, and or orchestra student without previous musical experience. Some of the basic topics covered are note identification, scales, key signatures, triads, intervals, sight singing and ear training.

MARCHING BAND

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

During the trimester this class convenes regularly at 7:00 a.m. and meets through first block. Attendance at all performances is required. Exceptions to this requirement can only be made by consulting the band director in advance. The marching band is a major performing group and has a demanding performance schedule, which includes all home football games and playoff games, designated parades, band days and marching contests, and other events as assigned. Each marching band student must enroll in either concert band or symphonic band since band is a year-long course. Class can be repeated for credit.

MEN’S CHOIR

(Gr 9-12) (Three Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course emphasizes the male voice and the basics of singing in a choral group. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to enroll. Attendance at performances outside of class time is required. Students will use solfege and takadimi reading systems to enhance musical literacy. Class can be repeated for credit.

INTRO TO MUSIC THEORY

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course will provide students with an understanding of the foundations of written Western music, while preparing them for higher engagement in performance based ensembles. Some of the topics covered are basic music vocabulary, note identification, scales, key signatures, triads, intervals, chords, composition, transposition, sight singing and ear training.

ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Intro to Music Theory or instructor approval.  

This course is strongly recommended for any student who intends to pursue music beyond high school and will prove useful to students involved in any phase of music performance. Some of the topics covered are scales, key signatures, triads, intervals, chord progressions, composition, transposition, formal analysis, sight singing and ear training.

ORCHESTRA

(Gr 9-12) (Three Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Orchestra is offered to students who have had experience playing the violin, viola, cello or bass. Numerous public performances include fall and spring concerts, school assemblies and the Seasonal Celebration. Orchestra gives students the opportunity to perform symphonic literature of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Periods, as well as modern and popular music. Students are required to provide their own concert uniforms as specified by the instructor. Attendance at performances outside of class time is required. Class can be repeated for credit. There are two orchestra groups, Red and Black. Black is an advanced orchestra and membership is by audition.

SELECT CHOIR

(Gr 10-12) (Three Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This is a select group of female voices in grades 10-12. Auditions are in the spring for the following year. Attendance at performances outside of class time is required. Students will use solfege and takadimi reading systems to enhance musical literacy. Class can be repeated for credit.

BASIC GUITAR

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, 1⁄2 credit)

The objective of this course is to learn single line melody playing and simple accompaniment patterns on the guitar. No previous music experience is necessary for enrollment.
Enrollment is limited to 20 students. The student must furnish his/her own acoustic guitar.

Music Production

(Gr 9-12) (trimester, 1⁄2 credit)

This course will explore basic concepts of music production, including musicianship, audio equipment, basic recording and editing techniques, sound production and amplification. No previous music experience is necessary for enrollment. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. Class can be repeated for credit.

Percussive Arts

(Gr 9-12) (trimester, 1⁄2 credit)

This course will focus on basic musicianship as it relates to a variety of percussion instruments. Students will work independently, as well as in small groups to strengthen their music reading and playing skills. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. Class can be repeated for credit.

SYMPHONIC BAND

(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Members are selected by audition. This band is the top performing group in the band department. Attendance at all performances is required. Exceptions to this requirement can only be made by consulting the band director in advance. All members are required to be enrolled in Marching Band first trimester since band is a year-long course. Class can be repeated for credit.

TREBLE CHOIR

(Gr 9-12) (Three Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course emphasizes the female voice and the basics of singing in a choral group. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to enroll. Attendance at performances outside of class time is required. Students will use solfege and takadimi reading systems to enhance musical literacy. Class can be repeated for credit.