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 and Music Theory.
  2. Enrollment by permission of the instructor includes Marching Band and 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 Concert Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Flag and Drill Team, Chorale, Viva Voce, Select Choir and Black Orchestra. Auditions will be scheduled in the spring 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 audition. Membership consists primarily of freshman and sophomore students, as well as most percussion students. 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 marching season this class convenes regularly at 7:00 a.m. and meets through first block. A Thursday evening practice is also required during marching season. 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. 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.

 MUSIC THEORY

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

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, chords, composition, transposition, sight singing and ear training.

MUSIC THEORY II

(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 9-12) (Three Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This is a select group of female voices in grades 9-12. 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.

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.