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Music

Course Descriptions


0911 Band                       1 year                         Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                    1 credit
Band provides instrumental music students with a quality ensemble experience, developing fundamental musical skills in rhythm, intonation, style, phrasing, and leadership. Band is part of the academic program, and participation at all performances and rehearsals is required throughout the school year. There are three major ensembles that function under the general description “band” at Crestwood:
 
Scarlet Guard Marching Band
This is a performance group that performs outdoors, generally in the fall season.  It consists of an instrumental marching band unit (band) and auxiliary unit (flag line).  The group performs at Crestwood High School varsity football games, OMEA Adjudicated Events, community parades and other selected events throughout the year.  Required summer rehearsals and band camp will be held to adequately prepare the band for the season.  Evening rehearsals and sectionals are held to prepare the band for their upcoming performances.

Concert Band and Wind Ensemble
These are the large performance groups that perform indoors.  The organization of these groups begins with auditions in late October to measure each of the student’s technical and musical proficiencies.   There is a Pay to Participate Fee.

0910 & 1014 Band Option/P.E.              Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                      ¾ cr. Band, ¼ cr. P.E.
This program is designed to fulfill the Physical Education credit by actively participating in the high school marching band. Students must apply for this program and follow the Board of Education approved guidelines. See Scarlet Guard Marching Band above for band requirements.

 
0914 AP Music Theory                     1 year             Grades 10, 11, 12                 1 credit
This AP Music Theory course is designed to develop a student's ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The achievement of these goals may best be approached by initially addressing fundamental aural, analytical, and compositional skills using both listening and written exercises. Building on this foundation, the course will progress to include more creative tasks, such as the harmonization of a melody by selecting appropriate chords, composing a musical bass line to provide two-voice counterpoint, or the realization of figured-bass notation.
The student's ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to this class. It is also assumed that the student has acquired (or is acquiring) at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument. It is recommended for students who are serious about the study of music beyond the basic vocabulary, and those who plan to pursue music after graduation.
0912 Concert Choir                 1 year                     Grades 9, 10, 11, 12              1 credit
Concert Choir is open to those students who have an interest in choral singing. Basic musical elements are reviewed with emphasis on developing concert vocal technique. Compositions of all styles and time periods will be studied. Students are required to attend all scheduled performances and special rehearsals, including the “pops” concert. The choir fee covers the cost of music and supplies No prerequisite. Fee: $40.00
 
0913   Chamber Singers         1 year                      Grades 10, 11, 12                 1 credit
Chamber Singers are chosen by audition only. This is the select choir. Students learn advanced vocal techniques, different styles of music and advanced choral literature. Students are required to attend all scheduled performances and special rehearsals, including the “pops” concert. The choir fee covers the cost of music and supplies Auditions are held in the spring. 
Prerequisite – Must have 1 year of Concert Choir            Fee $40.00