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Music Technology & Production

In this course you will learn how to use technology to create, edit, and enhance sound and music. We will explore a full suite of software and hardware designed to increase your understanding of how to maximize the quality of recordings, how to reinforce live sound production, and how to manipulate audio files in a post-production setting. This is an introductory level course and is open to all students. No previous musical or acoustical knowledge or experience is required.

Semesters: 1
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester

 

Band I

This class is designed for those students who have little or no previous instrumental experience yet have demonstrated a desire to learn. Emphasis is placed upon beginning instrumental methods with additional concentration in the understanding of instrumental technique, rhythmic accuracy, tone, intonation and general music terms and concepts.  Although no audition is required, the student should consult with the instructor prior to the start of the semester.  In some cases a school instrument will be provided for the first year.

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/4 per semester
Prerequisite: No previous musical experience; approval of instructor

 

 

Band II

This class will continue to develop instrumental techniques and methods through the performance of appropriate wind literature. This class furthers understanding and development of ensemble rehearsal techniques and studies. This organization may combine with the Advanced Bands in the fall for the marching band season and will perform at numerous school, community and district functions. This group serves as the preparatory ensemble to the

Advanced Bands. Membership and seating is by audition only.

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/4 per semester
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience and audition with director

Band III

These classes offer music students opportunities to study and perform literature ranging in various difficulty and music styles. Emphasis is placed upon performance and continued understanding of musical skills and concepts. Members of these organizations may combine with the Intermediate Band for the fall marching band season.

Membership for these organizations is determined by audition only.

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/4 per semester
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience and audition with director

Band IV

This is an ensemble for students with advanced skills. Students are placed by audition after demonstrating the highest proficiency on their instrument. Emphasis is placed on the teaching and performing of the most advanced literature with the subtleties and nuances of interpretation as a primary goal. Music history and theory are applied through the use of appropriate forms and styles of music.

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/4 per semester
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience and audition with director

Percussion Studies

This course is designed to address the specific needs of the student of the percussion section of the instrumental music program. Topics covered include an intense study of rhythm and rudimental techniques unique to the percussion section. Also covered is the marching drumline, drumset, keyboard mallet techniques, timpani, color and auxiliary percussion. Students will work as both an independent percussion ensemble and as members of the regular concert bands. All ability levels are placed in the class.

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/4 credit per semester 
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience & audition with the instructor.

Beginning Treble Choir

This choir is made up predominantly of freshmen. This group concentrates on sight-reading, three-part harmony (SSA), ear-training, musical terms, etc. The group appears at several performances each school year.

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10, 11
Credit: 1/4 per semester 
Prerequisite: Semester 1: None; Semester 2: Consent of instructor

Advanced Treble Choir

This is a chorus of students ranging from sophomores through seniors who are advanced sight-readers and singers.  This group concentrates on sight reading, ear training and score reading.  The choir sings predominantly SSAA arrangements, and appears at several public performances each school year.

Semesters: 2
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/4 per semester
Prerequisite: Previous vocal experience and / or audition with director.

Bel Canto

This is a chorus of students ranging from sophomores through seniors who are advanced sight-readers and singers. This group concentrates on sight reading, ear training and score reading. The choir sings predominantly SSAA arrangements, and appears at several public performances each school year.

Semesters: 2
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/4 per semester 
Prerequisite: Previous vocal experience and audition with director

Bass Choir

This is a chorus of students ranging from freshmen through seniors. This group concentrates on sight-reading, ear training, and development of the bass voice through a variety of literature (TTBB). This group appears at several performances each year and is available at participating schools.

Semesters: 2
Credit: 1/4 per semester
Prerequisites: Level: 9 Semester 1: None; Semester 2: Instructor consent    
Prerequisites: Level 10, 11, 12: Consent of instructor

Beginning Chorus

This chorus is made up predominantly of freshmen. This group concentrates on sight-reading, four-part harmony, ear-training, musical terms, etc. The group appears at several public performances each school year.

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/4 per semester
Prerequisite: Semester 1: None; Semester 2: Consent of instructor

Advanced Chorus

Mixed voices (SATB) concentrate on repertoire and sight-reading, and is a continuation of skills from beginning chorus. This group also makes public appearances each school year.

Semesters: 2
Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/4 per semester 
Prerequisite:  Previous vocal experience and audition with director

A Capella Singers

This group is composed of students who have demonstrated an understanding and mastery of choral skills introduced in the beginning and advanced choirs. The curriculum includes music theory, vocal pedagogy and technique, and sight-reading. The literature includes a large variety of advanced material. This prestigious group often performs publicly. A tour may be included as part of the class, depending on the instructor.

Semesters: 2
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/4 per semester 
Prerequisite: Previous vocal experience and audition with director

Advanced Placement®/Dual Credit

AP® Music Theory

AP® Music Theory is a college-level course for serious music students. The course is equivalent to a first-semester music theory course for music majors, introducing the student to musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills such as dictation, sight-singing, analysis, and composition are important parts of the course. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to the course. By the end of the course, the students will have mastery in the following areas: notation, scales, metric organization, intervals, analysis, chords, and form.

Semesters: 2
Level: 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor  

 

Music Appreciation (Dual Credit)

This course is designed for students who want to learn more about the history of music and musicians. The course starts with the basics of music and continues with medieval music to American popular music and world music. The course will take a look at each period of music, its composers, types of music, and utilizes many recorded examples.  Click link to learn more about dual credit for this course.

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
CHSD155 Credit: 1/2 per semester            
MCC Credit: 3 per semester
Prerequisite: Approval of department chairperson

Click here to read more on Advanced Placement® courses and to access student friendly resources.  Please note: Students taking the AP® exam will be required to pay College Board’s AP Exam fee.

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Matt Timmerman
Director of Curriculum and Assessment 
Email: mtimmerman@d155.org

Sharlene Montgomery
Cary-Grove High School
Division Lead
Email: smontgomery@d155.org

Michelle Streit
Crystal Lake Central High School
Division Lead
Email: mstreit@d155.org

Matthew Koll
Crystal Lake South High School
Division Lead
Email: mkoll@d155.org
 

Rachel Kautz
Prairie Ridge High School
Division Lead
Email: rkautz@d155.org