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Wind Ensemble

Open to 11-12 by Audition
This band will meet every day.
3 Trimester Periods
3 Credits
Prerequisite: Audition with instructor

Wind Ensemble is the most advanced performing group at Waconia High School. Selection will be based on audition results, prior participation in Symphonic Band and Concert Band, and instrumentation requirements. All types of band music will be studied and performed in local concerts, contests and yearly tours. Students will study various music elements (form, terminology, music history and theory) through performance, music listening and lecture. Participation in Solo/Ensemble contest is highly recommended.

 
 
Concert Band

Open to 11-12 by Audition
This band will meet every other dayall year long during the same period as Cantabile Choir.
1.5 Credits
Prerequisite: Audition with instructor

Selection to Concert Band will be used on audition results and instrumentation requirements. Concert Band is predominantly for instrumentalists in grades 9 and 10. This performance class will place emphasis on the development of basic musicianship (tone quality, rhythmic execution and understanding, balance and blend, technique and goal oriented behavior and attitude). Music in a variety of styles will be taught and performed. Grading is based on individual practice, play tests, written tests, daily performance grades, lesson preparation, daily effort and behavior. Expectations include a desire to learn and improve on an instrument, a positive attitude, self-discipline, and cooperation. Lessons and attendance at all public performances are required.

 
 
Symphonic Band

Open to 10 by Audition
This band will meet every other day all year long during the same period as Concert Choir.
1.5 Credits
Prerequisite: Audition with instructor

Symphonic Band is predominantly for instrumentalists in grades 9 and 10. This performance class will place emphasis on the development of basic musicianship (tone quality, rhythmic execution and understanding, balance and blend, technique and goal oriented behavior and attitude). Music in a variety of styles will be taught and performed. Grading is based on individual practice, play tests, written tests, daily performance grades, lesson preparation, daily effort and behavior. Expectations include a desire to learn and improve on an instrument, a positive attitude, self-discipline, and cooperation. Lessons and attendance at all public performances are required.

 
 
Freshmen Band

Open to 9 by Audition
This band will meet every other day all year long during the same period as Varsity Choir.
1.5 Credits

Prerequisite: Audition with instructor
Freshmen Band will place emphasis on basic scales, rhythms, and tone quality. Tone quality and good rehearsals techniques will be stressed. Music in a variety of styles will be taught and performed. Grading is based on play tests, written tests, and rehearsal technique. Expectations include a desire to learn and improve on an instrument, a positive attitude, self-discipline, and cooperation. Lessons and attendance at all public performances are required.

 
 
Music Appreciation

Open to 10-12
1 Trimester Period
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

Music is a part of everyday life. This course will introduce students to the different styles of music available (pop, jazz, classical, film, etc.) and how this music can be a tool for enjoyment and relaxation. Students will develop listening skills to help in distinguishing quality performances as well as knowledge about choosing quality recordings or attending the best concerts. This course is designed for students with no musical background.

 
 
Music Theory

Open to 10-12
1 Trimester Period
1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed for the student who is interested in expanding his/her knowledge of the written aspects of music, including harmonic structure. The course includes the study of all the fundamentals of music theory and the development of listening skills. Physics of sound, sound production, recording industry, software, computer sequencing, computer transcription, composition, midi, recording and sound techniques will also be discussed.

 


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