Music

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    Symphonic Band (Advanced Band) 

    Grade Level: 9 to 12

    Prerequisite: Three years of successful instrumental experience or consent of instructor.

    This band is for students who have already played several years on a wind, brass, or percussion instrument, and who have learned the basics of large group rehearsal.  The band performs at several concerts and festivals, as well as athletic events, and occasionally travels out of town.  In addition to performing standard band literature, pop, and rock music, students will also study basic music history and theory.  Members of this band form the Mills Jazz Band. 

    This course meets the University of California/California State University “f” Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

     

    Concert Choir 

    Grade Level: 9 to 12

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor-may require audition. Some singing experience preferred.

    This chorus is the vocal music class at Mills and students should be able to sing on key for membership.  Some singing experience is desirable, but not required, and the choir will perform literature from the 15th century to modern pop and jazz.  Activities will include several concerts and festivals, as well as the opportunity for periodic travel. 

    This course meets the University of California/California State University “f” Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

     

    Jazz Ensemble

    Grade Level: 9 to 12 

    Prerequisite: For 9th grade or first time Mills Music students: Concurrent enrollment in 

    Symphonic Band or Orchestra recommended.  All others can take Jazz Band alone. 10th to 12th graders who​  have not played music at​ Mills must audition to see if they are qualified for Jazz Band.

    The jazz band will perform all styles of jazz with special emphasis on ensemble playing in both large and small groups.  Students will learn improvisation and will perform at several concerts and festivals.

    This course meets the University of California/California State University “f” Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

     

    Chamber Orchestra

    Grade Level: 9 to 12 

    Prerequisite: Three years of successful instrumental experience or consent of instructor.

    This ensemble is for students who have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of playing the instruments of the orchestra.  This class is the string performance group at Mills and is for students with previous experience on stringed instruments who are beyond the basic level.  The Orchestra will play literature from the Baroque to the 20th century, as well as study basic music history and theory.  Activities will include several concerts and festivals, as well as opportunities for periodic travel. 

    This course meets the University of California/California State University “f” Visual and Performing Arts requirement.