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High schools offer music classes as electives. The elective program is divided into two categories:
Standard electives are based on curricula that have been written and approved by the district and are more traditional in nature. They usually have instructors who are specialists in that particular elective area.
- Band I, Preparatory; Band II, Concert; Band III, Symphonic; Jazz
- Mixed, Intermediate, Concert, Treble, Tenor-Bass, Swing
- Orchestra I, Preparatory; Orchestra II, Concert; Orchestra III, Symphonic Strings
Alternative electives are special interest electives that provide learning opportunities for students based on student interest, faculty expertise and community involvement. These are courses that are designed and implemented by the school and teaching staff at each school site to support and expand the regular curriculum.
- Guitar – Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
- Ukulele – Beginning, Intermediate
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory and Composition – I, II, AP
- Percussion Ensemble
- Solo and Small Ensembles
- Vocal Technique – I, II
- Music Entertainment Technology
Not all classes listed are offered each year or at each particular school. All high schools offer some classes in Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.
For specific course information and descriptions see the High School Program of Studies. Music courses begin on page 27.
High school ensembles generally present several public concerts throughout the school year. Check with individual teachers for concert schedules. The more advanced groups also often participate in area festival concerts and large group festivals.
Festivals and Honor Groups
High school students have several opportunities to participate in festivals and honor groups for band, orchestra, choir and more. More about Festivals »