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Music Teachers
Page Updated: October 30, 2017
Mr. David Carroll
Room 105
Mr. James Schnyderite
Room 102

Courses Offered:
Concert Band
Concert Choir
Music Theory I (Independent Study)
Music Theory II (Independent Study)

Concert Band (15053/15054)
Prerequisite: None - Meets every other day for the entire school year - 0.25 Credits per semester
Concert Band is open to all students who enjoy music and who desire to learn music through performance. The band's study and practice includes performances such as a winter and a spring concert as well as playing for other school and civic functions. Students are also encouraged to participate in chorus, marching band, jazz band, pep band, Lehigh County Band, District X Band, and the school musical. Students are required to attend one lesson per week on a rotating schedule. As an elective, the course may be used to fulfill a portion of the humanities graduation requirement.

Some units covered in this course include: Computer-assisted music theory; Playing skills; A variety of music styles; Rhythmic reading and pitch reading; Good tone quality and intonations; Interpretation; Scales; and Small ensemble experience.

Concert Choir (15051/15052)
Prerequisite: None - Meets every other day for the entire school year - 0.25 Credits per semester
Concert Choir is designed for all students who have a love for singing. The Concert choir rehearses and performs a broad selection of excellent literature from Renaissance works through contemporary music. Music includes everything from folk songs to major Classical works to Broadway medleys. The student will learn about their voice and the techniques that will enable them to read music and become a stronger singer. Rehearsals take the form of the full-choir, small group sessions, individual lessons, evening dress rehearsals, and public performances. The choir performs at least two major concerts, one in December and one in May, as well as scheduled performances throughout the community. Students are encouraged to participate in Concert Band, Marching Band, and the all-District Musical, Lehigh County Chorus, and District 10 Choir.

Some units covered in this course include: Physical Vocalization Skills; Music Literacy; Sight Reading; Tone Quality and Choral Blend; and Diction.

Music Theory I [Independent Study] (15057)
Prerequisite: None - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
Music Theory is a course designed to each students how to compose music or how to understand music better. Students enrolled in this course will begin with the study of basic musical notation (how to read music). The course will then move through structure of music primarily with regards to harmony (how is music organized). Students will proceed through the basic types of chords (chords used in music on the radio) and their uses in music up through the most advanced and integral compositions (Classical music). Students will also study melody in detail. In addition, students will work on ear training and learn to play the piano. A final project will be a short music composition demonstrating the content in this course. This course in highly recommended to any student pursuing a degree within music or any music-related field after high school graduation!

Some units covered include: Fundamentals of Music Notation; Ear Training; Melody and Form; Chords and Functions; Elementary Composition; and Formal Music Analysis.

Music Theory II [Independent Study] (15058)
Prerequisite: Music Theory I - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course continues the study of harmony begun in Music Theory I. To begin, students will take a simple diagnostic test, which will not court towards any grade, as a means of gauging what the student retains or covered in Music Theory I. Students will for the most part, complete the study of basic chords and their functions while moving into such topics as non-harmonic tones and sequences. In addition, students will begin fundamental ear training as well as piano skills to supplement and develop the student's musical skills in understanding theory. A culminating project will be a composition demonstrating the varied use of melody and harmony to the extent learned in this course and Music Theory I. This course is for any student seeking to pursue music or any music-related field after high school!

The concepts covered in this course include: Ear training; Advanced Chords and Function; Nonharmonic Tones; Advanced Forms; Composition; and Formal Music Analysis.