Music

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All students will choose at least one musical elective per year. Students with a strong interest in music may choose to combine participation in chorus with one of the instrumental ensembles - either band or orchestra.

 

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Music Lab

Music Lab is a non-performing class available for students who do not wish to participate in band, chorus, or orchestra. Students study musical styles and history. They create, perform in class, and listen to a variety of music genres. Students will have an opportunity to pursue various project-based assignments using available technology. Students learn about the instrument families, including opportunities to play piano keyboards, drums, and ukuleles. This class meets 3x/cycle for the entire school year.

 

8th Grade Chorus

Chorus meets four times each cycle. Three of these classes are small group sectionals and the fourth class is a full choral rehearsal. These rehearsals are conducted during the regular school day. The 8th grade chorus performs two evening concerts and two in-school assemblies each year, with additional performances for the school and community. They also finish the school year with an adjudication trip where they will receive feedback from professionals from the choral world. Chorus emphasizes vocal technique, music theory, stage presence, and responsibility to the performing group. In addition, 8th grade students will continue to sight-sing in solfege, sing with correct diction, perform in four-part harmony, and perform at least one song in a cappella style.

 

7th Grade Chorus

Chorus meets four times each cycle. Three of these classes are small group sectionals and the fourth class is a full choral rehearsal. These rehearsals are conducted during the regular school day. The 7th grade chorus performs two evening concerts and two in-school assemblies each year, with additional performances for the school and community. Chorus emphasizes vocal technique, music theory, stage presence, and responsibility to the performing group. Seventh grade students will sing in three-part harmony. In addition, 7th grade students will learn how to sight-sing in solfege, sing with correct diction, perform a medley of challenging songs in alternating keys and tempo, and perform at least one song by the Beatles.

 

6th Grade Chorus

Chorus meets four times each cycle. Three of these classes are small group sectionals and the fourth class is a full choral rehearsal. These rehearsals are conducted during the regular school day. The 6th grade chorus performs two evening concerts and two in-school assemblies each year, with additional performances for the school and community. Chorus emphasizes vocal technique, music literacy, stage presence, and responsibility to the performing group. Sixth grade students will perform a wide selection of music in two and three-part harmony.

 

8th Grade Concert Band

Band students develop both their individual and ensemble skills in group lessons, as well as full-ensemble rehearsals. Band meets four times per cycle. Three of the classes are sectionals where students will meet with others who play the same or similar instrument. The fourth class is a large ensemble rehearsal where all band students in the grade meet. All rehearsals are conducted during the regular school day. Performance concepts are centered around Grade 2 to 3.5 level concert literature, as well as Level 3 of the Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method series as published by Kjos. The 8th grade band performs two evening concerts and two in-school assemblies each year. In addition to the concert activities, the 8th grade band explores the world of marching band in the months of September, October, and part of November. Marching band activities include marching in parades and playing at a football game with the Penncrest High School Band.

 

7th Grade Concert Band

Band students develop both their individual and ensemble skills in group lessons, as well as full-ensemble rehearsals. Band meets four times per cycle. Three of the classes are sectionals where students will meet with others who play the same or similar instrument. The fourth class is a large ensemble rehearsal where all band students in the grade meet. Performance concepts are centered around Grade 1.5 to 2.5 level concert literature, as well as Level 2 of the Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method series as published by Kjos.  All rehearsals are conducted during the regular school day. The 7th grade band performs two evening concerts and two in-school assemblies each year.

 

6th Grade Concert Band

Band students develop both their individual and ensemble skills in group lessons, as well as full-ensemble rehearsals. Band meets four times per cycle. Three of the classes are sectionals where students will meet with others who play the same or similar instrument. The fourth class is a large ensemble rehearsal where all band students in the grade meet. Performance concepts are centered around Grade 1 to 2 level concert literature as well as Level 1 of the Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method series as published by Kjos.  All rehearsals are conducted during the regular school day. The 6th grade band performs two evening concerts and two in-school assemblies each year.

 

8th Grade Orchestra

Orchestra meets four times each cycle. Three of these classes are small group sectionals and the fourth class is a full-group rehearsal. These rehearsals are conducted during the regular school day. The orchestra performs two evening concerts per year and has the opportunity to perform at community functions. Eighth grade orchestra members focus on reading more difficult rhythms (including various meters,) learning the spiccato bow stroke, and reading/understanding note names in D, G, C, and F Major, B + D minor and the chromatic scale. Eighth grade students also learn more advanced shifting techniques. Repertoire for this group includes contemporary compositions and arrangements of classical and popular music.

 

7th Grade Orchestra

Orchestra meets four times each cycle. Three of these classes are small group sectionals and the fourth class is a full-group rehearsal. These rehearsals are conducted during the regular school day. The orchestra performs two evening concerts per year and has the opportunity to perform at community functions. Seventh grade orchestra members focus on reading more difficult rhythms (including syncopations and dotted rhythms), playing with slurred, staccato and hooked bow strokes, and reading/understanding note names in D, G, and C Major, B minor, and the chromatic scale. Seventh grade repertoire includes contemporary compositions and arrangements of classical and popular music.

 

6th Grade Orchestra

Orchestra meets four times each cycle. Three of these classes are small group sectionals and the fourth class is a full-group rehearsal. These rehearsals are conducted during the regular school day. The orchestra performs two evening concerts per year. Sixth grade orchestra members focus on posture (bow and violin holds,) playing three to four different parts within the ensemble, playing slurred/legato bow strokes, and reading/understanding note names in D, G, and C Major.

 

Instructors:

Mr. Joseph Fisher - Chorus & Music Lab

Mr. Zach Winger - Chorus & Music Lab

Mr. Alan Reno - Band & Music Lab

Mrs. Jennifer Kaiser - Orchestra & Music Lab