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MUSIC COURSE OFFERINGS

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Edward R. Murrow High School
DESIGNATED A SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Allen Barge Pascal Licciardi
Principal Assistant Principal of Music
Sequence of Study and Course Packet for Students
For Non-Music Institute Students and by Specialty (Band, Guitar, Piano, Orchestral, and Vocal)
Non--Music Institute Students
* Annualized class ^ List only ! Placement by audition % Open to all students interested
General Music
Music History [UHS11] (No Prerequisite)
This course is designed for all students as an introductory course focusing on a survey of music to encompass
the musical traditions and approaches experienced, composed, and performed around the world. Besides
serving as an introductory course for music students it also fulfills the ½ year music requirement. This class
introduces research techniques and skills that culminates in a research project that is presented in a
conventional academic format.
Piano Tech [UPS21] (No Prerequisite, For Beginners Only - No Advanced Students)
Instruction for all students interested in playing piano through a technological lens.
Beginning Band [UDS81, UDS82] (No Prerequisite)
This yearlong course of study is a foundational class for students that are interested in learning an instrument.
Beginning Strings [UZS21, UZS22] (No Prerequisite)
Instruction for students interested in learning violin, viola, cello or bass. It could be the start of your progression
to String Orchestra.
Beginning Chorus [UFS41, UFS42] (No Prerequisite)
Instruction for students interested in learning how to sing in a chorus.
Intro. to Music Technology I [ULS61] (Open to all rising 10th Graders Interested)
Introduces students to basic music and audio principles through the writing, recording, and production of
various sound recording projects. Students write and record an original song at the end of the course.
Intro. to Music Technology II [ULS62] (Prerequisite Introduction to Music Technology I)
Topics include post-production (editing, mixing and mastering), using basic music theory (notes and scales,
beat-matching, key-matching, chord structure) to create different types of recording projects, including
mashups and remixes, as well as original compositions, and creating musical elements using MIDI (bass lines,
melodies, drum patterns).
1st Year Options
Performance Classes: Beginning Band, Chorus,
Guitar, Piano, or Strings
Non-Performance Class: Music History
Note: All of the above options will provide the NYS
requirement for graduation.
2nd - 4th Year Options
Request admission into the Music Institute
!
or
Continue Music Study by Entering the Music Tech Program
^
or
Continue Musical Study by Participating in a Performance
Ensemble and Music Electives
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Band Sequence
* Annualized class ^ List only ! Placement by audition % Open to all students interested
Course OptionsBand
Beginning Band [UDS81, UDS82] (No Prerequisite)
This yearlong course of study is a foundational class for students that are interested in learning an instrument.
Concert Band [UDS85, UDS86] (Prerequisite admission is by audition and passing Intermediate Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with a minimum of l year playing experience on a band instrument.
Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills, play music of the popular and standard
band repertoire. Concert Band members participate in school concerts.
Intermediate Band [UDS83, UDS84] (Prerequisite one year of Beginning Band with a minimum of a G grade.)
Instruction for students interested in continuing their studies from Beginning Band.
Jazz Band [UJS21] (Prerequisite admission by audition and pass one year of Concert Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with two or more years playing experience on a band instrument.
Students develop Jazz performance and improvisation skills through the study of jazz repertoire and
appropriate theory.
Symphonic Band [UDS87, UDS88] (Prerequisite admission by audition and pass one year Concert Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to students with two or more years playing experience on a band instrument.
Students will further develop performance skills through study of advanced band literature.
The following courses are offered in sequence to Music Institutes students or by permission from the AP Music:
Band Tech [UQS21QB] (1
st
year)
Focus on technique fundamentals for band instruments and music literacy
Instrumental Piano Theory [UUS21] (2
nd
year)
Instruction for instrumental students interested in playing piano and learning music theory.
Advanced Placement Music Theory [UUS21X] (Prerequisite: Piano Theory)
Students will develop the ability to recognize (visually and aurally) and understand the tonal-rhythmic nature
of any music that is heard or read in score. Course includes harmony, theory, music dictation, sight singing,
and ear-training. The course ends with an advanced placement examination, which may earn college credit.
1st Year
Class 1: Concert Band
*^!
or
Intermediate Band
*^!
Class 2: Band Technique
*^
Note: MMI students take two
classes each semester.
2nd Year
Class 1: Concert Band
*^!
or
Jazz Band
*^!
or Symphonic
Band
*^!
Class 2: Piano Theory
*^
3rd and 4th Year
Class 1: Concert Band
*^!
or
Jazz Band
*^!
, or Symphonic
Band
*^!
Class 2: Music Elective
^
or an
Additional Ensemble
!
Note: Students are encouraged to
take AP Music Theory their Junior
year and Music History their senior
year in preparation of the Music
Comprehensive Exam.
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Guitar Sequence
* Annualized class ^ List only ! Placement by audition % Open to all students interested
Course OptionsGuitar
Beginning Guitar [UGS31] (No Prerequisite. For beginners only - no advanced students)
Instruction for all students interested in playing guitar.
Intermediate Guitar [UGS32] (Prerequisite: Pass Beginning Guitar with a minimum of a G or audition)
Instruction for all students interested in continuing their guitar studies
Guitar Ensemble [USG33] (Prerequisite admission by audition)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with a minimum of one year of playing experience on guitar.
Students develop performance skills through the study and performance of appropriate literature.
Advanced Placement Music Theory [UUS21X] (Prerequisite: Piano Theory)
Students will develop the ability to recognize (visually and aurally) and understand the tonal-rhythmic nature of
any music that is heard or read in score. Course includes harmony, theory, music dictation, sight singing, and
ear-training. The course ends with an advanced placement examination, which may earn college credit.
Beginning Band [UDS81, UDS82] (No Prerequisite)
This yearlong course of study is a foundational class for students that are interested in learning an instrument.
Beginning Strings [UZS21, UZS22] (No Prerequisite)
Instruction for students interested in learning violin, viola, cello or bass. It could be the start of your progression
to String Orchestra.
Beginning Chorus [UFS41, UFS42] (No Prerequisite)
Instruction for students interested in learning how to sing in a chorus.
Chamber Orchestra UZS43, UZS44] (Prerequisite admission by audition)
A performance ensemble for string players. Prerequisite is AUX String Orchestra or by permission of the
ensemble director. Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills and perform music of
popular and standard string orchestral literature and study of appropriate theory.
Concert Band [UDS85, UDS86] (Prerequisite admission is by audition and passing Intermediate Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with a minimum of l year playing experience on a band instrument.
Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills, play music of the popular and standard
band repertoire. Concert Band members participate in school concerts.
1st Year
Class 1: Guitar 1
%
or
Intermediate Guitar
^
Class 2: Beginning Strings
%
,
Beginning Band
%
, or
Beginning Chorus
%
Note: MMI students take two
classes each semester.
2nd Year
Class 1: Intermediate Guitar
^!
,
Guitar Ensemble
*^!
Class 2: Jazz Band
*^!
String
Orchestra
*^!
or Chamber
Orchestra
*^!
3rd and 4th Year
Class 1: Guitar Ensemble
*^!
Class 2: Music Elective
^
, Jazz
Band
*^!
String Orchestra
*^!
Chamber Orchestra
*^!
Piano
Theory
^
, or an Additional
Ensemble
!
Note: Students are encouraged to
take AP Music Theory their Junior
year and Music History their senior
year in preparation of the Music
Comprehensive Exam.
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Course OptionsGuitar (cont’d)
Intermediate Band [UDS83, UDS84] (Prerequisite one year of Beginning Band with a minimum of a G grade.)
Instruction for students interested in continuing their studies from Beginning Band.
Instrumental Piano Theory [UUS21] (2
nd
year)
Instruction for instrumental students interested in playing piano and learning music theory.
Jazz Band [UJS21] (Prerequisite admission by audition and pass one year of Concert Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with two or more years playing experience on a band instrument.
Students develop Jazz performance and improvisation skills through the study of jazz repertoire and
appropriate theory.
String Orchestra [UZS41, UZS42] (Prerequisite admission by audition and one year of playing experience)
Performance ensemble. Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills, and perform music
of popular and standard orchestral literature and study appropriate theory and competitions.
Symphonic Band [UDS87, UDS88] (Prerequisite admission by audition and pass one year Concert Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to students with two or more years playing experience on a band instrument.
Students will further develop performance skills through study of advanced band literature.
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Music Tech Sequence
(Note: This sequence begins in 10
th
grade.)
* Annualized class ^ List only ! Placement by audition % Open to all students interested
Course OptionsMusic Technology
Intro. to Music Technology I [ULS61] (Open to all rising 10th Graders Interested)
Introduces students to basic music and audio principles through the writing, recording, and production of
various sound recording projects. Students write and record an original song at the end of the course.
Intro. to Music Technology II [ULS62] (Prerequisite Introduction to Music Technology I)
Topics include post-production (editing, mixing and mastering), using basic music theory (notes and scales,
beat-matching, key-matching, chord structure) to create different types of recording projects, including
mashups and remixes, as well as original compositions, and creating musical elements using MIDI (bass lines,
melodies, drum patterns).
Recording Techniques & Midi I [ULS63] (Prerequisite Introduction to Music Technology II)
Furthers student knowledge of music production through the exploration of advanced MIDI recording and
editing, sampling, and audio recording techniques. Topics studied this term include review of creating MIDI
instrumentation, creating sampler instruments, advanced sampling techniques, using audio effects to sound
design samples, and original song composition with MIDI.
Recording Techniques & Midi II [ULS64] (Prerequisite Recording Techniques & MIDI I)
Topics include contemporary recording studio techniques, including microphone selection, placement, and
techniques for recording drums, bass, piano, guitar, woodwinds, strings, and vocals, and ensemble
recording. Students record an ensemble performing a piece they composed.
Studio Practicum I [ULS65] (Prerequisite Recording Techniques & MIDI II)
Capstone course taught where students apply skills acquired throughout the program to run a music
technology business that creates media to serve the needs of the school community and individual
artistic. Tasks include recording ensembles, filming school events, composing music for dance ensemble, the
planetarium, etc., and producing the Music Tech Fall Showcase.
Studio Practicum II [ULS66] (Prerequisite Studio Practicum I)
Continuation of Studio Practicum I. Tasks include recording the spring concert, musical, and planning,
promoting, and producing Music x Tech Fest and the Record Release Show.
1st Year (10th Grade)
Fall: Intro. to Music Tech I
%
Spring: Intro to Music Tech II
^
2nd Year (11th Grade)
Recording Tech and MIDI *
^
3rd Year (12th Grade)
Studio Practicum *
^
Career and Financial Management
(Note: The above class is a NYSED CTE
requirement. Career and Financial
Management is offered by the Buisness
Department and only runs one semester--
Fall or Spring.
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Piano
* Annualized class ^ List only ! Placement by audition % Open to all students interested
Course OptionsPiano
Piano I [UPS31] (No Prerequisite, For Beginners Only - No Advanced Students)
Instruction for all students interested in playing piano.
Piano II [UPS32] (Prerequisite Pass Beginning Piano with a minimum of a G or audition)
Instruction for all students interested in continuing their piano studies
Piano Practicum [UPS33] (Prerequisite Pass Intermediate Piano with a minimum of a G or audition)
Instruction for all students interested in more advanced piano techniques. Open to students with a minimum
of one year of playing experience. This class will provide students to collaborate with choral ensembles as a
resident accompanist during rehearsal and for in-school and out-of-school performances.
Advanced Placement Music Theory [UUS21X] (Prerequisite: Piano Theory)
Students will develop the ability to recognize (visually and aurally) and understand the tonal-rhythmic nature of
any music that is heard or read in score. Course includes harmony, theory, music dictation, sight singing, and
ear-training. The course ends with an advanced placement examination, which may earn college credit.
Beginning Band [UDS81, UDS82] (No Prerequisite)
This yearlong course of study is a foundational class for students that are interested in learning an instrument.
Beginning Strings [UZS21, UZS22] (No Prerequisite)
Instruction for students interested in learning violin, viola, cello or bass. It could be the start of your progression
to String Orchestra.
Beginning Chorus [UFS41, UFS42] (No Prerequisite)
Instruction for students interested in learning how to sing in a chorus.
Chamber Orchestra UZS43, UZS44] (Prerequisite admission by audition)
A performance ensemble for string players. Prerequisite is AUX String Orchestra or by permission of the
ensemble director. Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills and perform music of
popular and standard string orchestral literature and study of appropriate theory.
Concert Band [UDS85, UDS86] (Prerequisite admission is by audition and passing Intermediate Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with a minimum of l year playing experience on a band instrument.
Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills, play music of the popular and standard
band repertoire. Concert Band members participate in school concerts.
Intermediate Band [UDS83, UDS84] (Prerequisite one year of Beginning Band with a minimum of a G grade.)
Instruction for students interested in continuing their studies from Beginning Band.
1st Year
Class 1: Piano 1
%
or 2
*^!
Class 2: Beginning Strings
*^%
,
Beginning Band
*^!
, or Voice
Tech
!*
Note: MMI students take two
classes each semester.
2nd Year
Class 1: Piano 2
*^!
, Piano
Practicum
*!
, Jazz Band
*^!
or
Orchestra
*^!
Class 2: Piano Theory
*^
3rd and 4th Year
Class 1: Piano Practicum
*^!
Class 2: Music Elective
*^
,
Jazz Band
*^!
or an Additional
Ensemble
!
Note: Students are encouraged
to take AP Music Theory their
Junior year and Music History
their senior year in preparation
of the Music Comprehensive
Exam.
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Course OptionsPiano (cont’d)
Instrumental Piano Theory [UUS21] (2
nd
year)
Instruction for instrumental students interested in playing piano and learning music theory.
Jazz Band [UJS21] (Prerequisite admission by audition and pass one year of Concert Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with two or more years playing experience on a band instrument.
Students develop Jazz performance and improvisation skills through the study of jazz repertoire and
appropriate theory.
String Orchestra [UZS41, UZS42] (Prerequisite admission by audition and one year of playing experience)
Performance ensemble. Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills, and perform music
of popular and standard orchestral literature and study appropriate theory and competitions.
Symphonic Band [UDS87, UDS88] (Prerequisite admission by audition and pass one year Concert Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to students with two or more years playing experience on a band instrument.
Students will further develop performance skills through study of advanced band literature.
The following courses are offered in sequence to Music Institutes students or by permission from the Assistant
Principal of Music:
Vocal Tech [UQS21QV] (1
st
year)
Focus on fundamentals in vocal technique, performance skills, and solfège
Piano Theory [UUS21QS] (2
nd
year)
Instruction for vocal students interested in playing piano and learning music theory.
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Orchestral Sequence
Course Offerings Orchestral
Beginning Strings [UZS21, UZS22] (No Prerequisite)
Instruction for students interested in learning violin, viola, cello or bass. It could be the start of your progression
to String Orchestra.
String Orchestra [UZS41, UZS42] (Prerequisite admission by audition and one year of playing experience)
Performance ensemble. Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills, and perform music
of popular and standard orchestral literature and study appropriate theory and competitions.
Chamber Orchestra UZS43, UZS44] (Prerequisite admission by audition)
A performance ensemble for string players. Prerequisite is AUX String Orchestra or by permission of the
ensemble director. Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills and perform music of
popular and standard string orchestral literature and study of appropriate theory.
Musical Theatre Orchestra [UYS11] (Prerequisite by audition)
The pit orchestra for the two musicals (semester one and semester two) It is a K band class.
The following courses are offered in sequence to Music Institutes students or by permission from the Assistant
Principal of Music:
String Tech [UQS21QS] (1
st
year)
Focus on technique fundamentals in string instruments and music literacy
Instrumental Piano Theory [UUS21] (2
nd
year)
Instruction for instrumental students interested in playing piano and learning music theory.
Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement Music Theory [UUS21X] (Prerequisite: Piano Theory, approval by the AP of Music)
Students will develop the ability to recognize (visually and aurally) and understand the tonal-rhythmic nature of
any music that is heard or read in score. Course includes harmony, theory, music dictation, sight singing, and
ear-training. The course ends with an advanced placement examination, which may earn college credit.
1st Year
Class 1: String Orchestra
*^!
Class 2: String Technique
*^!
Note: MMI students take two
classes each semester.
2nd Year
Class 1: String Orchestra
*^!
or Chamber Orchestra
*^!
Class 2: Piano Theory
*^
3rd and 4th Year
Class 1: String Orchestra
*^
or Chamber Orchestra
*^!
Class 2: Music Elective
*^
or
an Additional Ensemble
!
Note: Students are encouraged
to take AP Music Theory their
Junior year and Music History
their senior year in preparation
of the Music Comprehensive
Exam.
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Vocal
Course Offerings - Vocal
Chamber Choir [UVS21, UVS22] (Prerequisite admission by audition)
Chamber Choir is an advanced a cappella choir that performs serious literature in various languages from the
14
th
century to the present. Students are prepared to perform in music competitions and festivals
Gospel Chorus [URS21, URS22] (Prerequisite admission by audition)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students interested in the study and performance of Gospel Music. Students
develop vocal performance skills through a wide spectrum of traditional and contemporary Gospel/Sacred
literature. Students are prepared to perform in competitions, festivals and other venues serving the community.
Senior Chorus [UVS43, UVS44] (Prerequisite Junior or Intermediate Chorus or audition)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with a minimum ½ year (one semester) of choral experience.
Develop vocal performance skills through the study of advanced choral literature.
Treble Chorus [UFS43, UFS44] (Prerequisite admission by audition)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with a minimum ½ year (one semester) of choral experience.
Develop vocal performance skills through the study of advanced choral literature.
The following courses are offered in sequence to Music Institutes students or by permission from the Assistant
Principal of Music:
Vocal Tech [UQS21QV] (1
st
year)
Focus on fundamentals in vocal technique, performance skills, and solfège.
Vocal Piano Theory [UUS21QS] (2
nd
year)
Instruction for vocal students interested in playing piano and learning music theory.
Repertoire and Recital [UQS11QSRR]
For vocal students to prepare solo and small ensemble performances for recital and college auditions.
Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement Music Theory [UUS21X] (Prerequisite: Piano Theory, approval by the AP of Music)
Students will develop the ability to recognize (visually and aurally) and understand the tonal-rhythmic nature of
any music that is heard or read in score. Course includes harmony, theory, music dictation, sight singing, and
ear-training. The course ends with an advanced placement examination, which may earn college credit.
1st Year
Class 1: Junior Chorus
*^!
Class 2: Vocal Tech
*^!
Note: MMI students take two classes
each semester.
2nd Year
Class 1: Chamber Choir
*^!
,
Gospel Chorus
*^!
, Junior
Chorus
*^!
, Treble Chorus
*^!
, or
Senior Chorus
*^!
Class 2: Vocal Piano Theory
*^
3rd and 4th Year
Class 1: Chamber Choir
*^!
,
Gospel Chorus
*^!
, Senior
Chorus
*^!
, or Treble
Chorus
*^!
Class 2: Music Elective
*^
,
Recital and Repertoire
*^!
, or
an Additional Ensemble
!
Note: Students are encouraged
to take AP Music Theory their
Junior year and Music History
their senior year in preparation
of the Music Comprehensive
Exam. Students should also take
one semester of Recital and
Repertoire during their Junior or
Senior year.