• Instrumental Music

     

     

    Instrumental Music Director: Lauren Gibson

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    Concert Band

    Concert Band is open to all students. There will be continued development of instrumental techniques and ensemble skills through the study of outstanding repertoire for Concert Band. The preparation process is the important component of the program, in that the performance of each student in the instrumental class is critically important to, and affects the performance of, every other student in the class.

    Units: 10

    Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisites: Audition required; minimum one year prior instruction, able to read music

    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

     

    Jazz Ensemble

    Jazz Ensemble is a selective and specialized course designed to offer the qualified instrumentalist the opportunity to study and perform a variety of jazz styles. Emphasis is on learning improvisation as well as advanced music reading. This group is involved in several performances throughout the community. The preparation process is the important component of the program, in that the performance of each student in the instrumental class is critically important to, and affects the performance of, every other student in the class.

    Units: 10

    Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisites: Audition

    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

     

    Orchestra

    Orchestra offers the opportunity for string players to study and perform music of many styles and musical periods, develop techniques, and participate in a variety of group and ensemble experiences. The preparation process is the important component of the program, in that the performance of each student in the instrumental class is critically important to, and affects the performance of, every other student in the class.

    Units: 10

    Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisites: Previous experience on a string orchestra instrument

    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

     

    Symphonic Band

    Symphonic Band performances introduce the more qualified instrumentalist to advanced and challenging band literature of several styles and musical periods. The band performs for several school and community activities throughout the year and offers a wide range of musical and social activities. The preparation process is the important component of the program, in that the performance of each student in the instrumental class is critically important to, and affects the performance of, every other student in the class. Students must have prior experience on a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.

    Units: 10

    Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisites: n/a

    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes

     

    Wind Ensemble

    Wind Ensemble is an advanced performance group with specific instrumentation that includes woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments. Emphasis is on sound performance fundamentals including embouchure, seating position, breathing and sight reading. This class concentrates on musical development and the development of leadership skills. Students perform as individuals, as members of small ensembles, and as members of the large ensemble. They study advanced instrumental techniques, performing practices and style and form as it relates to various idioms of selected advanced literature. Performance requirements include concerts, music festivals, some football games, and community events.

    Units: 10

    Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisites: Audition

    UC/CSU Approved? - Yes