Music

Built on the understanding that developing constructive creative outlets is an important component of learning, the music program at Tourtellotte provides a variety of instrumental and vocal courses for students of every skill level. These include traditional classes such as concert band and choir as well as more specific classes such as piano harmonization and music technology.

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MODERN MUSIC ENSEMBLE
Course Number: 1515
Grades 9-12 | Full Year | 1 Credit

Modern Music Ensemble is a small ensemble for instrumentalists or vocalists who play or sing ANY instrument (guitar, winds, strings, piano, and percussion etc.) and has obtained written permission from the instructor. Its primary goal is the preparation and performance of modern music genres (jazz, rock, pop, folk, etc.) for public concerts and events. Music selections will be drawn from a variety of modern music genres including original composition work. Throughout the year students will develop technique, rhythmic reading, and music expression while being a productive member of the ensemble. Opportunities for individual activities such as auditioning for regional ensembles will be offered as well as solo opportunities within the ensemble.

*Travel for multiple community performances is required.
Prerequisite: Recommendation or audition from/for the music director

School-wide Expectations:

  • Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills
  • Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking
  • Expectation 5: A. Cultural Awareness and B. Civic Awareness

CONCERT BAND*
Course Number: 1516
Grades 9-12 | Full Year | 1 Credit
Concert band is a large ensemble for instrumentalists and is open to all wind and percussion players. Its primary goal is the preparation and performance of music for public concerts and adjudicated festivals. Students will be able to make positive contributions to their local and regional communities by utilizing their musical talents. Music selections will be drawn from a variety of styles, cultures, and time periods. Throughout the year students will hone and develop technique, rhythmic reading, and music expression while being a contributing member of a community of musicians. They will utilize the latest technologies including but not limited to, midi, sound recording, and instant feedback. Opportunities for individual activities such as auditioning for regional ensembles will be offered.
*Travel for adjudicated competitions is required.

School-wide Expectations:

  • Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking
  • Expectation 2: Communication: A. Interactive Communication
  • Expectation 1: Problem Solving
  • Expectation 5: B. Civic Awareness

CONCERT BAND
COURSE NUMBER: 1517
Grades 9-12 | Full Year Alternating Days | .5 Credit

This course option is offered for students in grades 9-10th who are also enrolled in a Physical Education class that meets every other day and would like to participate in either Concert Band or Concert Choir on the days they do not have a gym class. This course option is offered to students in grades 11-12th who are also enrolled in a support class that meets every other day and would like to participate in either Concert Band or Concert Choir on the days they do not have support class.

Prerequisite: Recommendation of the band director and the School Counselors’ Department

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking

Expectation 2: Communication: A. Interactive Communication

Expectation 1: Problem Solving

Expectation 5: B. Civic Awareness

CONCERT CHOIR
COURSE NUMBER: 1519
Grades 9-12 Full Year 1 Credit

The primary goal of concert choir is to create music. Concert Choir is a four part (SATB) mixed ensemble. Students will work on fundamental singing skills and refine techniques for proper singing. The chorus will research, learn, and perform music from a variety of styles, cultures, and time periods. The expressive, emotional, aesthetic, and creative aspects of singing will be explored. The students will contribute to local and regional communities by performing at a variety of different venues so that they may give back to the community with their musical talent. They will utilize the latest technologies including but not limited to, midi, sound recording, and instant feedback. Opportunities for individual activities such as auditioning for regional ensembles will be offered. Travel for adjudicated competitions is required.

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking

Expectation 2: Communication: A. Interactive Communication

Expectation 1: Problem Solving

Expectation 5: B. Civic Awareness

CONCERT CHOIR – Alternating days
COURSE NUMBER: 1520 Academic
Grades 9-12
Full Year .5 Credit

This course option is offered for students in grades 9-10th who are also enrolled in a Physical Education class that meets every other day and would like to participate in either Concert Band or Concert Choir on the days they do not have a gym class. This course option is offered to students in grades 11-12th who are also enrolled in a support class that meets every other day and would like to participate in either Concert Band or Concert Choir on the days they do not have support class.

Prerequisite: Recommendation of the choral director and the School Counselors’ Department

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking

Expectation 2: Communication: A. Interactive Communication

Expectation 1: Problem Solving

Expectation 5: B. Civic Awareness

 

GUITAR I
COURSE NUMBER: 1522 Academic
Grades 9-12 Semester .5 Credit

Guitar I is an introductory course designed for beginner students with little or no prior guitar skills. Emphasis is placed on developing proper technique and music reading skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of styles of guitar culture such as classical, blues, folk, jazz, and rock. Students will have opportunities for using technology to augment the learning process. Students will be given the opportunity to do solo and ensemble work.

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills

Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking

Expectation 1: Problem Solving

GUITAR II
COURSE NUMBER: 1523 Academic
Grades 9-12 Semester .5 Credit

Guitar II will be a course that will expand the learning achieved in Guitar I. Students will be given a variety of opportunities to learn more advanced songs from various cultural diverse materials. Students will begin to apply music theory to the guitar work and may be given the opportunity to take their knowledge base and use it to create their own music. They may also use various means of technology to record their work. This course will provide students with the opportunity to perform more advanced works in a small community setting and possibly get constructive feedback on their own creative platforms.

Prerequisites: Guitar I or approval of music department

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills

Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking

Expectation 1: Problem Solving

HARMONIZATION AT THE PIANO
COURSE NUMBER: 1524 Academic
Grades 9-12 Semester .5 Credit

Harmonization at the piano will include basics of music theory and their relation to basic piano technique. The course will explore the theory behind songwriting and basics behind piano technique. Emphasis will be placed on proper piano technique and will explore a vast array of culturally diverse music. Students will also be given the opportunity to play solo and with small ensembles. Music theory will include all musical elements including pitch, rhythm, and harmonic progressions. Discussion will also include form and analysis of many genres of music. Students will be given the opportunity to compose original songs and use technology to record and edit them.

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills

Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking

Expectation 1: Problem Solving

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
COURSE NUMBER: 1525 Academic
Grades 9-12 Semester .5 Fine Arts or .5 Technology

This course is an introductory course designed to explore the wide range of musical technology that is available to students through online resources, compositional programs (garageband, audacity, voice recorders), and web based music programs (smartmusic, makingmusicfun), that all demonstrate the different ways a student can use technology to learn a wide range of musical components, not limited to composing, mixing, arranging, performing, creating music videos, and podcasts.

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills

Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking

Expectation 1: Problem Solving

ADVANCED CONCERT BAND
COURSE NUMBER: 1518 Honors
Grades 12 Full Year 1 Credit

Advanced Concert Band has the same course description as Concert Band, meets at the same time and performs the same music as Concert Band. Students who enroll in the Advanced Band class will be required to audition for Eastern Regional Competition as well as perform a solo, small chamber group/ensemble, or demo/mentor younger members of our music department (district wide). Students enrolled in this course will be expected to act as role models both musically and socially within the band and whole school district (section leaders, officer positions, mentors, and Tri-M members).

Prerequisite: Recommendation of the band director

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 2: Communication: A. Interactive Communication

Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills

Expectation 4: Innovative thinking

Expectation 5: C. Personal Responsibility

 

ADVANCED CONCERT CHOIR
COURSE NUMBER: 1521 Honors
Grades 12 Full Year 1 Credit

Advanced Concert Choir has the same course description as Concert Choir, meets at the same time and performs the same music as Concert Choir. Students who enroll in the Advanced Choir class will be required to audition for Eastern Regional Competition as well as perform a solo, small chamber group/ensemble, or demo/mentor younger members of our music department (district wide). Students enrolled in this course will be expected to act as role models both musically and socially within the band and whole school district. (Section leaders, officer positions, mentors, Tri-M members)

Prerequisite: Recommendation of the choral director

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 2: Communication: A. Interactive Communication

Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills

Expectation 4: Innovative Thinking

Expectation 5: C. Personal Responsibility