Concert Band

  • Concert Band

    Grade level:

    9 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Visual and Performing Arts

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    f

               

    Prerequisite: Middle School Experience in Wind Band, or Instructor’s consent

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills: Intermediate Band is a continuation of the middle school wind band program. Enrolled students should have successfully participated in the wind band program at their middle school. Students should demonstrate proficient rehearsal and performance etiquette, and be able to sight-read and perform at a high school entry level.

    Course Description: Students will rehearse and perform a variety of music from the wind band repertoire. Students will develop technical skills on their instrument as well as study music theory, music history, and rehearsal and performance techniques.  May be repeated for credit.

    Major Projects/Assignments: The Intermediate Band performs outside of class throughout the school year. Participation in all performances is mandatory.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: Students are expected to learn their individual parts on their own and demonstrate regular progress in rehearsals. The amount of outside of class practice time will vary with the individual student.

Symphonic Band

  • Symphonic Band

    Grade level:

    9 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Visual and Performing Arts

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    f

               

    Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent by audition

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills: A wind ensemble is essentially a large chamber group with one player per part. Students in a wind ensemble must be able learn, rehearse, and perform in this chamber setting. Students should demonstrate mastery of rehearsal and performance etiquette, and be able to sight-read and perform at an advanced high school level.

    Course Description: Students will rehearse and perform a variety of music from the wind band repertoire. Students will develop technical skills on their instrument as well as study music theory, music history, and rehearsal and performance techniques.  May be repeated for credit.

    Major Projects/Assignments: The Advanced Band performs outside of class throughout the school year, including but not limited to San Mateo Union High School District In Concert  Music Festival, and California Music Education Association (and/or comparable) Festivals. Participation in all performances is mandatory.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: Students are expected to learn their individual parts on their own and demonstrate regular progress in rehearsals. The amount of outside of class practice time will vary with the individual student.

Jazz Ensemble

  • Jazz Ensemble

    Grade level:

    9 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Visual and Performing Arts

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    f

               

    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Intermediate or Advanced Band, and Instructor’s consent.

    May be repeated for credit.

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills: Students should demonstrate mastery of rehearsal and performance etiquette, and be able to sight-read and perform at an advanced high school level.

    Course Description: Students will rehearse and perform a variety of music from the jazz band repertoire. Students will develop technical skills on their instrument as well as study improvisation, music theory, composition/arranging, jazz history, and rehearsal and performance techniques.  

    Major Projects/Assignments: The Jazz Ensemble performs outside of class throughout the school year, including but not limited to California Music Education Association (and/or comparable) Festivals. Participation in all performances is mandatory.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: Students are expected to learn their individual parts on their own and demonstrate regular progress in rehearsals. The amount of outside of class practice time will vary with the individual student. There is a music history project due at the end of the first semester, and a composition/arranging project due at the end of the second semester.