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    Elementary Music Curriculum
     
    Kindergarten Music                                                 First Grade Music
     
    Second Grade Music                                                  Third Grade Music
     
    Fourth Grade Music                                                Fourth Grade Band
     
    Fifth Grade Music              Fifth Grade Chorus              Fifth Grade Band
     
     
     
    Music Express       
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    Middle School Music Curriculum
     

     

     
    Seventh, and Eighth Grade Chorus
    Middle School chorus is designed to satisfy the human need to respond to life experiences through singing, listening, moving and/or playing an instrument in an aural art form.  The curriculum includes duration/rhythm, tone color, tempo, pitch, dynamics/intensity, texture/form, style/genre, harmony and composition to perform and create works of music.  The curriculum stresses an interdisciplinary approach.  In fifth grade elementary chorus class, students will be expected to listen, sing, play instruments, create movement, relate to emotions in a variety of historic styles, ethnic compositions and grade appropriate materials using correct vocabulary, notation, formal and free rhythm, and melodic direction as well as experience public performance.
     

    Seventh, and Eighth Grade Band

    Students in a large group setting will prepare music covering a wide range of musical concepts.  Students will prepare music in a large group rehearsal once a day and small group practice once a week preparing music for annual concerts.  Large group rehearsals consists of grade 7-8 and all instrumentation, small group rehearsal, consists of same grade and live instrumentation.

     
     
     
     
    High School Music Curriculum
     

    SYMPHONIC BAND

    The Symphonic Band consists of students in grades 10 through 12. Symphonic Band students will perform music at the medium to advanced level and will include both new and old compositions from the wind band repertoire. Focal points for this ensemble will include the following: proper instrument techniques, fingerings for each instrument, tone production, development of range, basic music theory, playing in both major and minor scales, and possibly modes. There will be playing exams conducted during the grading period of this ensemble, in addition to listening activities and written assignments. Additionally, student lessons will be available before and after the school day, and can be in either individual or group sessions. Students will be expected to practice their instruments at home and must be available for evening concerts and performances. Dress rehearsals will be held the afternoon/evening before the concert in the High School auditorium. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled on an ¨Das needed¡¬ basis once a performance draws near. Note: All instrumental students in grades 10 through 12 who participate in the Belle Vernon Area Marching Band are required to participate in Symphonic Band, as this ensemble is a prerequisite for Marching Band. The one exception to this is students who attend Central Westmoreland Career & Technical Center.

     
    CONCERT BAND

    The Concert Band consists of students in the grade 9. Repertoire for Concert Band will be performed at the easy to medium level and will include both new and old compositions from the wind band repertoire. Focal points for this ensemble will include the following: proper instrument techniques, fingerings for each instrument, tone production, development of range, basic music theory, and playing both major and minor scales, and possibly modes. There will be playing exams conducted during the grading period of this ensemble, in addition to listening activities and written assignments. Additionally, student lessons will be available before and after the school day, and can be in either an individual or group session. Students will be expected to practice their instruments at home and must be available for evening concerts and performances. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled on an ¨Das needed¡¬ basis once a performance draws near. Note: All instrumental students in grade 9 who participate in the Belle Vernon Area Marching Band are required to participate in Symphonic Band, as this ensemble is a prerequisite for Marching Band. The one exception to this is students who attend Central Westmoreland Career & Technical Center.

     
    CONCERT CHOIR

    The Concert Choir is designed to meet the needs and interests of everyone who likes to sing. No previous musical training is needed, just an earnest desire to contribute to a fine musical group. All forms and styles of music will be taught, from early music to contemporary, including pop music and Broadway songs. Students must be available for evening performances.

     
    CLASS PIANO 1

    This class is designed for the BEGINNING piano student. No background in music is necessary. Students will sit at their own synthesizers and learn how to play the piano. Group lessons as well as individual, self-paced work will take place. Students will learn the fundamentals of music and, week by week, will see improvement in their piano playing ability. This class is NOT for students who have taken private piano lessons for more than one year.

     
    CLASS PIANO 2

    This course is a continuation of Class Piano 1. Students will continue at their own pace to study piano lessons.

     
    HUMANITIES CORE: MUSIC APPRECIATION

    The objective of this class will be for the student to develop an appreciation of music and its role in culture and society. Students will be exposed to music from the Renaissance period through the music of today, such as Classic Rock and Metal, through lectures and aural listening.

     
    High School Band                                                      
    Including: Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble
     
     
    Including: Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth Grade

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