Music

AP MUSIC THEORY (MU5000) 1.0 credit

The goal of AP Music Theory course is 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 this goal may be best promoted by integrated approaches to the student’s development of aural skills through listening exercises, sight-singing skills through performance exercises, written skills through written exercises, compositional skills as creative exercises, analytical skills through analytical exercises, Ultimately, this course is to prepare students who might be interested in a career in the music field or industry and to prepare students for the AP Music Theory Exam. Certain colleges accept the AP Music Theory test score to preclude students from having to take a 1st semester music theory class. Notes: The grade for this course is weighted. It is imperative that the student already knows how to read music before taking this class.

MUSIC THEORY (MU9109) 1.0 credit

This course covers rules of writing and performing music; use of music symbols, music reading, scales intervals, melody writing, transposition, rhythm training, music dictation, sight singing, harmonization, analysis of musical forms, and simple piano accompaniments.  Music theory should be considered a “must” for students planning to enter elementary or music education courses in college. Note:  It is imperative that the student knows how to read music.

THE HISTORY OF MUSIC (MU9089) 0.5 credit

This course will explore the various composers and stylistic periods of music from Medieval to current.  Basic concepts and elements of music will be explored in depth and will be related to current popular music as well.

MUSIC APPRECIATION (MU9239) 0.5 credit

Students will explore many elements of music including history, theory, singing and keyboard skills. This introductory music course will help students develop their ear to identify instruments, musical pieces, and musical periods by their sound. Students will also learn music terminology in order to give accurate descriptions of music. This course is designed to be a broad overview of the many aspects of music and develop an appreciation and understanding of music.

MUSIC PRODUCTION 1 (MU9189) 0.5 credit

This nine-week course will introduce students to the fundamentals of software and hardware tools used to produce and record music. Students will use arranging software, synthesizers, and recorded instruments to create digital audio compositions. Students will learn the basics of digital audio editing, mixing, and signal processing. Note: Students must have a basic understanding of music before taking this course.

MUSIC PRODUCTION 2 (MU9199) 0.5 credit

This course will reinforce and expand upon the concepts and skills acquired in Music Production 1. Students will be familiarized with the appropriate implementation of various studio microphones while recording musicians, groups and ensembles. Students will also apply advanced digital audio editing, mixing, and mastering techniques using industry standard software and equipment. The emphasis of the course will be career readiness in the music production industry and related fields.

VOICE CLASS (MU9159) 0.5 credit

Techniques of proper breathing, care of the voice, tone production, phrasing, music reading, and general musicianship are emphasized. A beginning singer’s repertoire is presented in addition to student-selected repertoire for analysis, singing, and performing. Students may take this course in sequential marking periods or multiple times, since repertoire and skill development will be varied and differentiated for each player.

PIANO 1 (MU9229) 0.5 credit

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn to play the piano.  Techniques are presented and performed on a multi-timbral keyboard synthesizer.  Students will be taught how to read and play a wide genre of piano pieces, including student-selected material. Students may take this course in sequential marking periods or multiple times, since repertoire and skill development will be varied and differentiated for each player.

PIANO 2 (MU9129) 1.0 credit

The class is designed to read and perform more challenging piano music. The focus will be on developing technique and performing various styles of repertoire including present day music.

GUITAR 1 (MU9209) Offered at Freedom High School 0.5 credit

The Guitar 1 elective provides the opportunity to learn basic guitar playing techniques or build upon current skills in a supportive setting. Students will work on basic guitar repertoire and songs of choice with the overall goal being performances throughout the semester. Students may take this course in sequential marking periods or multiple times, since repertoire and skill development will be varied and differentiated for each player.

GUITAR 2 (MU9219) Offered at Freedom High School 0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Guitar 1

The Guitar 2 elective provides the opportunity to learn more advanced guitar playing techniques than those taught in the Introduction to Guitar course and build upon current skills in a supportive setting. Students will work on various guitar repertoire and songs of choice with the overall goal being performances throughout the semester. Students may take this course in sequential marking periods or multiple times, since repertoire and skill development will be varied and differentiated for each player.

JAZZ IMPROVISATION (MU9149) 0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Ability to read and perform instrumental music.

Students will learn and perform various concepts related to Jazz improvisation, including harmonic, melodic, and stylistic components.

FREEDOM MUSICAL PERFORMANCE OFFERINGS

PATRIOT BAND (MU9009) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Audition

The Patriot Band meets first period every other day. Throughout the football season, rehearsals begin at 7:00 A.M.

Summer rehearsals begin in mid-August. Performances include football games, parades, and assembly programs, pep rallies and concerts. Grading, seating and continued membership are determined through auditions and attendance.

ORCHESTRA (MU9019) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Audition

The Orchestra meets the first block from September to June.  From November through June, rehearsals begin at 7:00 a.m.  This course provides students with an excellent opportunity to explore and study orchestra literature while performing in a full-size orchestra. On occasion, the group will divide into a string orchestra and wind ensemble format. Concerts are presented throughout the school year. Students are required to perform a holiday concert, two spring concerts, and at graduation to obtain credit.

PATRIOT CHOIR (MU9059) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Audition

The Patriot Choir is a choral organization, which meets first block every other day. Membership in this choir provides an opportunity for singing a variety of music repertoire. Two major concerts are presented each year (December and May), in addition to occasional assemblies and/or community programs. Opportunity is provided to strengthen abilities in music reading and to improve techniques in breathing, tone quality, diction, and phrasing through the preparation of music to be presented in concerts. A formal and informal choral setting enhances the repertoire.

CONCERT CHOIR (MU9049) 1.0 credit

The Concert Choir is a choral organization, which meets first block every other day. Membership in this choir provides an opportunity for singing a variety of music repertoire. Two major concerts are presented each year (December and May), in addition to occasional assemblies and/or community programs. Opportunity is provided to strengthen abilities in music reading and to improve techniques in breathing, tone quality, diction, and phrasing through the preparation of music to be presented in concerts. A formal and informal choral setting enhances the repertoire. This ensemble is open to all interested students in 9th through 12th grade.

LIBERTY MUSICAL PERFORMANCE OFFERINGS

 GRENADIER BAND (MU9009) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Audition

The Grenadier Band meets first block from September to June. Rehearsals begin at 7:00 a.m. every day. Summer rehearsals begin around August 15. The course provides the student with an excellent opportunity to explore the many phases of the modern day band. The first ten weeks of the school year are devoted to marching band techniques; the remainder of the year is devoted primarily to concert music. The L.H.S. Grenadier Band is nationally known and has traveled throughout the USA and abroad. Students are required to perform at all football games, two basketball games, several announced parades, and a spring concert to obtain credit.

ORCHESTRA (MU9019) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Audition

The Orchestra meets the first block from September to June.  From November through June, rehearsals begin at 7:00 a.m.  This course provides students with an excellent opportunity to explore and study orchestra literature while performing in a full-size orchestra. On occasion, the group will divide into a string orchestra and wind ensemble format. Concerts are presented throughout the school year. The Orchestra often participates in exchange concerts with other schools. Students are required to perform a holiday concert, two spring concerts, and at graduation to obtain credit.

 WOMEN’S ENSEMBLE (MU9039) 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Audition

The Women’s Ensemble is one of two choral performing groups. The Women’s Ensemble meeting time is arranged to provide all students involved in the instrumental and vocal performing groups an opportunity to fit all of these activities into their schedules. The Ensemble performs at the Holiday, Pops, Specialty and Spring Concerts, as well as other community and school programs. Four evening rehearsals and five concerts per year are required in order to obtain credit.

CHORALIERS (MU9029) 1.0 credit

The Choraliers are one of two choral performing groups. The Choraliers’ meeting time is arranged to provide all students involved in the instrumental and vocal performing groups an opportunity to fit all of these activities into their schedules.  Performing highly demanding choral music of diverse origins, the Choraliers perform at the Holiday, Pops, Specialty and Spring Concerts, as well as other community and school programs.  Four evening rehearsals and five concerts per year are required in order to obtain credit.