Music - General Course Descriptions

11170 Music Theory and Harmony

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 0.5
  • Prerequisite: None

Description: A one-semester course with a prerequisite of one year's participation in a high school music performance class or four years of private piano instruction. The course is designed for those students wishing to enhance their music performance skills through increased understanding of music fundamentals and theory. Topics to be covered include: note reading, time and key signatures, rhythm recognition, scale construction, chords, manuscript skills, melodic harmonization and composition. Students will listen to recorded examples, write music and perform some of their own works in class.

State Course: 05113A000, Music theory

11180 Music History

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 0.5
  • Prerequisite: None

Description: A one-semester course with a prerequisite of Music Theory & Harmony. The class will continue the study of theory while acquainting the student with major composers and musical styles over the past 300 years. The music of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Hayden, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, among others, will be studied through recordings, videos, performance and composition assignments. This course is highly advised for any serious musician wishing to enhance their performance skills through the study of the Masters of music and their techniques.

State Course: 05117A000, Music History

11180 Music Directing

  • Grade Level: 12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

Description: Are you considering a career in music? This capstone course serves as the bridge for those who have mastered music performance classes but are looking for another challenge. From a director’s perspective, students will be required to lead rehearsals of small groups or an entire ensemble and may conduct them in a performance.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Conducting techniques
  • Performance programming
  • Score research and analysis
  • Advanced rehearsal strategies

State Course: 05149A000, Music-Other