Music

Band
Band

Year-long course, meets every other day, available to 7th and 8th graders as an option to choir or orchestra 

This course teaches intermediate and advanced musical concepts. It is a building program and a continuation from elementary school. Suggested proficiency is one to two years playing experience. The band concentrates on larger performance skills and works to improve overall ensemble sound. Students will work on improving their rhythm, technique, and style. Two major concerts are performed each year and are required.

Choir
Choir

Year-long course, meets every other day, available to 7th and 8th graders as an option to band or orchestra 

This course is intended to develop beginning to intermediate music competencies. Fundamentals are stressed with emphasis on performances. Music includes sacred, classical, and pop tunes. Attendance is required at two performances, the Christmas concert in December and the spring concert in May. There is an opportunity to participate in junior high pop choir, which meets Wednesdays after school.

String Orchestra
String Orchestra

Year-long course, meets every other day, available to 7th and 8th graders as an option to choir or band

This course is designed for players of orchestral stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass) who have had one to two years of playing experience. Advanced beginner/intermediate level techniques, scales, and exercises are taught and practiced in the class, along with the study of orchestral music from various styles and periods. Students will broaden and refine fundamental skills and prepare for the transition to more advanced level playing. Performances in a variety of venues including school Masses, community and school events, and seasonal concerts with band and choir may require some after-school and before-school participation. The students will at times combine with high school players in order to perform larger works, as well as portions of oratorios to be performed with the choir. Students are required to attend and participate in the Christmas concert in December and the Spring concert in May.