Music Education is crucial to personal success as we move forward in the 21st Century. In preparing to enter today’s ever- changing workplace, students are asked to demonstrate skills in communication, technology and teamwork.  Music Education is a tremendous vehicle to develop these highly- desired skills.  Music is a rich and fundamental subject with a compelling history and vibrant culture.  Music is a common language that reaches across boundaries to bring cultures together and creates a global understanding.  Music allows high school students to explore the vast expanse of feeling and emotion beyond the limitations of words.  These experiences inspire them to become lifelong learners who appreciate and value music. Music courses meet the electives credit requirements for graduation.

Course selections are customized per location

Courses that maybe repeated for credit are indicated

  • Music Applications
  • Concert Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Introduction to Guitar and Advanced Guitar
  • Introduction to Drumline, Advanced Drumline, Drumline II, Drumline III, Drumline IV
  • Music Appreciation
  • Piano
  • Drum Line/Piano
  • Voice Class
  • Advanced Music Independent Study
  • Voice Class
  • Music Therapy I and Music Therapy II
  • Electronic Music I and Electronic Music II

Prerequisite: A minimum of 1 year of concert band experience in middle or high school or audition with the music instructor to assess ability.

This course is open to students who wish to play traditional concert band instruments. Prior experience with your instrument is required. Focus will be on ensemble skills, reading musical notation and other musical concepts. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. Each school may have a limited number of instruments available to rent. This class may be offered to students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. This class may be repeated for credit. It is recommended that each school adapt full group rehearsal periods weekly.

Open to anyone with a desire to sing a varied repertoire of choral music. Emphasis will be placed on singing alone and with others, as well as the development of musical reading skills and ensemble skills. No experience necessary. This class may be offered to students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. This class may be repeated for credit. It is recommended that each school adapt full group rehearsal periods weekly.

This class offers an introduction to CTECS music course topics such as Piano, Chorus, Guitar, Drumline and Music Appreciation. Complimentary music skills will be developed in the practice of these areas, developing novice to intermediate music skills according to national core arts standards. This class may be offered to students in the 9th grade.

Open to all students who wish to learn to play the acoustic guitar. Emphasis will be placed on performing a variety of music alone and with others, as well as the development of musical reading skills and ensemble skills. If a student wishes to enroll but does not own a guitar, a limited number of school instruments are available.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Guitar and Instructor Approval

Open to students who successfully completed Introduction to Guitar and would like to continue more advanced study. Students will learn higher level repertoire and techniques with greater emphasis on public performance. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. This class may be repeated for credit. 

Open to all students who wish to learn percussion instruments. Emphasis will be placed on performing a variety of music alone and with others, as well as the development of musical reading skills and ensemble skills. This class may NOT be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Introduction and Instructor Approval

Open to students who successfully completed Introduction to Drumline and would like to continue more advanced study. Students will learn higher level repertoire and techniques, with greater emphasis on public performance. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. This class may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Introduction and Instructor Approval

Open to students who successfully completed Introduction to Drumline and would like to continue more advanced study. Students will learn higher level repertoire and techniques, with greater emphasis on public performance. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. This class may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Introduction and Instructor Approval

Open to students who successfully completed Introduction to Drumline and would like to continue more advanced study. Students will learn higher level repertoire and techniques, with greater emphasis on public performance. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. This class may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Introduction and Instructor Approval

Open to students who successfully completed Introduction to Drumline and would like to continue more advanced study. Students will learn higher level repertoire and techniques, with greater emphasis on public performance. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. This class may be repeated for credit.

This course is designed to help students appreciate music by learning how music is created, how music has developed over the course of history and the role music plays in culture. Through listening, discussing, analyzing and writing about music, students will gain a deeper understanding of this art form. The class may feature many different music genres including, but not limited to popular American forms, Western European and World music.

Piano offers basic piano instruction to students. Classes will focus on keyboarding skills including hand position, posture and location of notes in both right and left hands. Students will develop music literacy through theory lessons as part of the course of study.  Students will perform a variety of repertoire alone and with others.  This class may be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Introduction and Instructor Approval

Open to students who successfully completed Introduction to Drumline and Piano and would like to continue more advanced study. Students will learn higher level repertoire and techniques with greater emphasis on public performance. Participation in any school concert is a class requirement. This class may be repeated for credit.

This class offers vocal music instruction for students interested in learning to sing. Classes will focus on healthy vocal production, musical literacy, use of solfege and study of varied repertoire selected depending upon the needs of the students. This class may be offered to students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. There is no prerequisite for this class and the class may be repeated for credit.

11th or 12th grade option

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

Topics may include music theory, music technology, composition and performance. In addition, students will have the opportunity to mentor freshmen music students with their musical studies. In essence, this course will help students gain a perspective of how to be a musician and/or music teacher. Also students will gain knowledge of how to continue their music studies past high school.

Open to students in their junior year of Health Technology. Topics include the brain and music, how music can relieve pain, patients and music, music as a tool for movement and relaxation techniques.
Open to students in their senior year of Health Technology. Students will learn basic guitar/keyboard/drumming skills to bring an awareness of music and music therapy to their future work.
Students will learn the history of electronic music and instruments with listening examples that highlight the important people, technology, and techniques associated with the style.
Students will learn to create and compose electronic music with the use of technology and instruments.

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