Music 9: African Voices in Western Music

Students are introduced to the music of West Africa and its influence on many genres of music in the Western hemisphere. Students explore the music of West Africa (including native rhythms and dance), Caribbean music, and the evolution of American Jazz and Hip Hop. Music theory concepts include chord inversions, jazz chord notation, and harmonization.

Music 10: The History of Rock and Roll

This course will allow students to learn and appreciate how the evolution of American Rock and Roll has changed the world in the last 75 years through freedom and expression of music (social/cultural connections), the development of the “hit” song, innovation in the technology of recording music, and new sounds in instruments.

IB Music I—SL/HL

A basic survey of Western European eras covers the music of the Renaissance and the early Baroque, Classical musical forms, Romantic Program composers, 20th century composers, tonal and atonal music, performance media, and social context.

IB Music II—SL/HL

Students continue to study Western music history, world music, and fusion from the 20th century. The music theory instruction is tailored to individual cases. Students study the prescribed works (J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto #2” and Zoltán Kodály’s “Dances of Galanta”), review for IB exams, and work on the Musical Links Investigation paper.

Band

Band gives the student the opportunity to study, learn, appreciate, rehearse, and perform various forms of music in a large instrumental group setting. The ensemble will work on many genres of music including 20th century jazz music, contemporary concert band selections, and Latin music. Throughout the year, the group performs at various events including concerts, assemblies, mini-tours, and graduations.

Orchestra

Orchestra explores many skills that will increase the student’s level of performance ability on their instrument. Using a varied repertoire, students will explore music and rhythm games, audiation exercises, and traditional technical exercises. Students gain skills that will make learning an instrument more pleasurable and guide them to be independent learners. They rehearse and perform together in both small and large group settings at various events throughout the year.

Choir

As a member of high school choir, students will study, prepare, and perform 4-part repertoire from a variety of genres, especially works of historical or cultural significance. Through their work in preparing these pieces, singers will improve their understanding of singing technique and gain confidence in their voices. These student-musicians will also acquire and reinforce the skills, knowledge, and habits of working together in a cooperative ensemble.