Music Courses

The Music Department at BHS offers a variety of elective courses that are designed to meet the needs, interests, and musical proficiencies of all levels of students. All of these music area courses offerings will meet the fine arts requirement for graduation.

AP Music Theory

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

AP Music Theory is a college level course of notation, harmony, chord progression, style, expressive elements and ear training. The course covers material offered in university theory level 1. In May students have the opportunity to receive college credit by passing the national AP exam.

Symphony Orchestra

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Audition with Director, grades 10-12

Symphony Orchestra is a performance ensemble for qualified string, wind and percussion players. The class provides instruction in technical development, refinement of music skill, study of various musical styles and literature, chamber music, and an opportunity to participate in a variety of performance, festivals, and travels. Symphony I is the premier full orchestra and Symphony II is for advance players working toward Symphony I.

Kamerata Orchestra

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Audition with Director, grades 10-12, Be a member of one of the concert orchestras

The Kamerata Orchestra is made up of the most advanced string students who will be challenged by the rehearsal and performance of difficult orchestral literature. With the expectation of a very high level of achievement, the class will develop the creative and expressive potential of the serious student. Students participate in various concerts, festivals, and travel opportunities.

Concert Orchestra

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Previous orchestra experience, grade 9

Concert Orchestra is a performance ensemble for qualified string players. The class provides instruction in string technique, rhythm and theory, studying various musical styles and literature, and an opportunity to participate in a variety of performance, festivals, and travels.

Concert Band

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Previous band experience, grade 9

This instrumental ensemble will concentrate on the development of basic performance and musicianship skills for wind and percussion players. The class will provide instruction in technical development and study of a variety of band literature. Performance opportunities may include: concerts, festivals and small ensemble experience (Pep Band and Jazz Ensemble).

Symphony Band

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Audition with Director; grades 10-12

Symphony Band is the premiere band at BHS, individual desire, discipline, enthusiasm, technical skills, and musicianship are fundamental requirements for members of this group. The class will provide technical development, study of the finest contemporary and traditional wind literature, and participation in a variety of concerts, festivals, marching performances, smaller ensembles, and travel opportunities.

Advanced Concert Band

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Audition with Director, grades 10-12

This large performance ensemble places its emphasis on quality performance of standard band literature. Besides continued technical development, this class provides the opportunity for its members to participate in a variety of concerts, festivals, marching performance, travel, and smaller ensembles (Pep Band and Jazz Ensembles) .

Jazz Band

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - By Audition Only, and must be enrolled in one of the following musical ensembles; Symphony Band, Concert Band, or Adv. Concert Band. Exceptions to this will be handled by the director for students in orchestra or choir. Jazz Band I meets daily during zero period (7:30-8:30 am), and Jazz Band II meets daily during 5th period (9:29-10:19 am).

Students must audition with the director for placement in one of the jazz ensembles. Students will study a variety of musical styles and will have the opportunity to develop personal skills in the art of improvisation. Students must be self motivated and well disciplined.

Concert Choir

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Audition with Director; grades 11-12

The Concert Choir is a 50-60 voice choir of mixed voices and is the major performance vocal ensemble at BHS. Each student must demonstrate a high caliber of vocal skill and musicianship. The class provides a refinement of musical skills and vocal technique, study of a variety of choral styles and literature, and participation in various concerts, festivals, and travel opportunities.

Chamber Choir

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Audition with Director; grades 10-12

The chamber choir is open to all students as an audition, mixed voice (SATB) choir. The class provides the development of vocal techniques and musicianship through the study and performance of a variety of choral styles and literature. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various concepts, festivals, and travel.

Advanced Women's Choir

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Audition with Director; grades 10-12

The Advanced Women's Choir is open to all students as an audition women's choir. The class provides the development of choral skills and musicianship through the study and performance of a variety of choral styles and literature. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of performance, festivals, and travel.

Varsity Choir

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Previous choral Music Experience

This choir of soprano and alto voices will be opened to any interested student with the goal of developing basic vocal, performance, and musicianship skills. The class will provide study of a variety of choral literature and performance opportunities.

Tenor/Bass Choir

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Previous choral Music Experience; grades 9-12

This choir is open to all students that sing in the tenor, baritone or bass range, with the goal of developing basic vocal, performance, and musicianship skills. The class will provide a variety of choral styles to include lighter music, Barbershop, and standard tenor/bass literature.

Jazz Choir

Credit: 1
Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Member of Concert Choir, Audition with Director

The BHS Jazz Choir will be comprised of 16-25 singers auditioned out of the BHS Concert Choir. This choir will rehearse and perform primarily vocal jazz music. Performance opportunities will include concerts and community outreach programs (i.e. luncheons, service club meetings, etc.)

Guitar Class

Credit: 1

Course Length: 1 Year

Prerequisite - Approval of Instructor

Guitar Class is a new course in 2013-2014 offered through the Bridger Alternative Program.  This is a differentiated course for students from beginners through intermediate.  There will be "informances" and service performances throughout the school year.

 

Middle School Course Description

Band

This year-long class is designed to develop skills in instrument playing, as well as increase musical understanding through performance. The main emphasis at this level is on skill development. Students enrolling in this class should have one year of playing experience through school classes or private lessons. Band students also participate one day a week in a music enrichment class, which further enhances skills in music theory, note reading, composition, music history, and culture.

Choir

Choir is a performance group, open to all students, developed to the study and performance of music from a wide spectrum of styles. The class includes an introduction to fundamental singing techniques. Choir is a year-long class and meets four times weekly.

Orchestra

This year long class is designed to develop skills instrumental playing, as well as increase musical understanding through performance. The main emphasis at this level is on skill development. Students enrolling in this class should have one year of playing experience through school classes or private lessons.

World Music

This is an active music class exploring the culture of the world through music. Students play drums, percussion instruments, listen, read, and compose music through the study of Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Native North America.

Elementary School Course Description

Elementary General Music:

A course for all students kindergarten through 5th grade, this class is taught by a certified music specialist with training in music theory, performance, styles and history. The focus of this course is to teach a basic understanding of music theory, styles and history through age-appropriate activities, games and songs. Students sing, play instruments, listen, compose, arrange, improvise, read and analyze music as they learn in context with history and the other educational subjects and arts.

Beginning Band and Orchestra:

Offered to all 5th grade students, this course teaches basic hand positions and embouchures on all instruments. Double reed players of oboe are strongly urged to take private lessons and bassoon is not offered. Harp is only included if the student is studying privately. Students receive instruction in choosing an instrument, beginning music reading, phrasing, breathing, rhythm understanding, posture, care and maintenance, and performance. The groups perform twice during the year and a festival with clinicians specializing in each instrument is offered in the spring of the year. 

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