Thornton Township High Schools District 205

Preparing all District 205 Students to be Competitive Leaders in our Global Society


MUSIC

 

Program Description

 

In keeping with community, state and national expectations the District 205 Music Program shall provide the opportunity for all students to become an active, focused, and disciplined learner through the study of music.   Students will experience and create elements of music that transcend printed words and musical notations.   Through the use of vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles, students will attain skills that are necessary for success in the world of work.

 

These skills include:

     developing a sense of commitment

     working cooperatively with others

     developing individual creativity

     strengthening mathematical concepts

     encouraging emotional awareness

     developing poise

     encouraging, developing and reinforcing the value of self-discipline

 

Through music, students realize and appreciate the artistic and multicultural world that powerfully contributes to the social and spiritual dynamic of our educational community.

 

Program Goals

 

1.   Become active learners through the study of music.

2.   Understand how elements of music transcend words.

3.   Appreciate a variety of musical styles

4.   Realize multicultural experiences through music.

5.   Apply the discipline skills of music to the world of work.

 

Course Selections


AP Music Theory

Beginning Band

Choir III

Chorale IV

Junior-Varsity Band

 

Men's Ensemble

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band Honors

Varsity Band

Women's Ensemble


 

R-1751-A  BEGINNING BAND  FOR 9-10-11-12  1 UNIT  Membership in Beginning Band is open to any student who has a desire to learn to play an instrument. Most instruments are furnished by the school for a small rental fee. No audition is required to become a member of Beginning Band. Here is an opportunity for any instrumentalist to learn to read music. Pianists are also invited to join.

 

R-1753-A  JUNIOR-VARSITY BAND  FOR 9-10-11-12  1 UNIT  This band is a training group for students who wish to become more proficient on their respective instruments, and, in turn, to earn a place in either the Varsity Band or the Symphonic Band. This group appears in several performances during the school year, and selected members may be permitted to perform with the Marching Band. PREREQUISITE: Audition.

 

R-1755-A  VARSITY BAND  FOR 9-10-11-12  1 UNIT  Members of this organization are proficient instrumental musicians. This band performs with the Symphonic Band at all school football games, basketball games and parades. It may appear as a separate organization, however, at all concerts. Selected members of this group may also accompany the Symphonic Band on its tour. Varsity Band may include formal class sessions beyond the traditional school day. PREREQUISITE: Audition.

 

 

 

R-1761-A  SYMPHONIC BAND  FOR 9-10-11-12  1 UNIT  Members of this organization are highly proficient instrumental musicians. The Symphonic Band performs at all home football and basketball games and in several concerts and parades during the school year. This band also makes a performance tour. Symphonic band may include formal class sessions beyond the traditional school day. PREREQUISITE: Audition.

 

A-1763-A  SYMPHONIC BAND HONORS   FOR 10-11-12  1 UNIT  Members of this organization are the most highly proficient instrumental musicians in school. The Symphonic Band performs at all home football and basketball games and in several concerts and parades during the school year. Members must participate in the I.H.S.A. Solo and Ensemble festival and the I.M.E.A. District auditions. Symphonic Band may include formal class sessions beyond the traditional school day. PREREQUISITE: Audition with director to include sight reading and the performance of the state I.M.E.A. scales in two minutes or less with 100% accuracy.

 

R-1765-A  WOMEN’S ENSEMBLE  FOR 9-10-11-12  1 UNIT  This is a beginning level choir, open to all female students. This course teaches correct posture, proper breath control, healthy use of the singing voice, music reading skills, and performance etiquette. Written and aural assessments are given on a regular basis. Extra rehearsals and performances/competitions after school are required. Performance attire includes a white top with sleeves, black skirt, flesh colored stockings, and black dress shoes.

 

R-1767-A  MEN’S ENSEMBLE  FOR 9-10-11-12  1 UNIT  This is a beginning level choir, open to all male students. This course teaches correct posture, proper breath control, healthy use of the singing voice, music reading skills, and performance etiquette. Written and aural assessments are given on a regular basis. Extra rehearsals and performances/competitions after school are required. Performance attire includes a white shirt, black dress pants, black socks, and black dress shoes.

 

R-1771-A  INTERMEDIATE(Choir) III  FOR 10-11-12  1  UNIT  This is the intermediate choir. Students are admitted upon teacher recommendation or audition. Students will sign a course contract on the following requirements: 1) Pre-concert co-curricular rehearsals, 2) Theory/sight singing workbook completion and 3) Concerts/competitions. Students will sing and study a wide variety of intermediate choral literature, theory, and sight singing. Written and aural assessments are given on a regular basis. Students will also be assessed in vocal quartets. Extra rehearsals and performances/competitions are more frequent than beginning level. Students are required to participate in these co-curricular events.

 

R-1773-A  CHORALE  IV  FOR 10-11-12  1 UNIT  This is the advanced choir. Students are admitted upon teacher recommendation or audition. Students will sign a grade contract based on the following requirements: 1) concert/recital requirements and 2) book/video reports. Students will sing and study a wide variety of advanced choral literature, theory, and sight-singing. Written and aural assessments are given on a regular basis. Students will also be assessed in vocal quartets. Students are required to participate in the I.H.S.A. Solo-Ensemble contest. Extra rehearsals and performances/competitions are more frequent. Students are required to participate in these co-curricular events.   In addition, students may prepare for the I.M.E.A. audition and perform in a student recital.

 

A-1777-A   AP MUSIC THEORY  FOR 11-12   1 ELECTIVE UNIT   AP Music Theory is a 1 unit elective course giving the student an extensive background in the harmonic materials of music in the style of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, culminating with the opportunity to receive college credit through taking the AP Music Theory Exam in May. In addition to studying the harmonic materials of music, students will develop and hone their ear-training skills in melodic, harmonic dictation, and sight-singing. Students will develop piano keyboard skills, and use computer technology as available. Much of the work of this course is programmed, individualized instruction or project oriented. PREREQUISITES:  Symphonic Band, or Symphonic Band Honors, or Chorale IV, or Chorale IV Honors, or Audition.

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