Music

New York State Standards

  • Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.
  • Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.
  • Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.

Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.

Completion of 1 credit of music fulfills the Art/Music requirement for graduation. All courses are designated regents level courses.

Course Offerings

MUSIC IN OUR LIVES

1 Credit – Full Year Course

Topics to be covered include: Musical Styles and Periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary); Music of Other Cultures; Composing and Analyzing; Performance; Electronic and Computer Music.  The intent of this course is to expose the student to as many types of music as possible.

MUSIC THEORY

1 Unit – Full Year Course

Music Theory is a basic course in the fundamentals of music for reading and writing in the idiom.  Included in the course is the understanding of the staff, clefs, music notation, scales, modes, meter, rhythm, key signatures, sight singing, and ear training. Music Theory also includes the study of intervals, chords, cadences and melody writing.

This class is highly recommended for students planning to major or minor in Music at the college level. Any student working toward a three unit sequence in Music should take this course. Any student planning a five unit Regents sequence must take Music Theory.

PERFORMING MUSIC COURSES

Participation at all performances is required. The ensembles may be scheduled for out-of-school performances.

OPEN CHOIR

1 Credit – Full Year Course

Enrollment in this ensemble requires no audition and is open to all students who are interested in singing in a choir. Open Choir studies and performs music representing all aspects of choral literature.

SELECT CHOIR

1 Credit – Full Year Course

Enrollment in this ensemble is competitive by audition only. The size of this ensemble will be limited by the number of interested students who are selected by the audition process. Smaller ensembles will be formed from this ensemble. Select Choir studies and performs music of a more challenging nature which represents all aspects of choral literature.

CONCERT BAND

1 Credit – Full Year Course

Concert Band consists of instrumental musicians in grades 9 and 10 and concentrates on building skills necessary to progress to the Symphonic Band. Participation in this band is open and requires no audition.

For All Performing Groups

All students are required to attend their small group lessons which occur on a rotating basis. These lessons are crucial to ensure each student’s specific needs are met by helping them to improve their technical ability on their individual instrument/voice part. Attendance at lessons is averaged in to the student’s quarterly grade. Due to the large size of the performing ensembles, small group instruction is necessary to meet the NY State and National Standards.

All students are required to perform at the two major Music Department Concerts during the school year. These are graded performances and constitute the weight of a midterm and final exam. These performances take precedence over any conflicting extra-curricular activity.

All band students are required to perform at the two Gloversville Parades held each year (Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day). These are graded performances and will be averaged in the student’s grade for the marking period in which they occur.

 

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