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     High School Music 

     
    The Central Bucks School District provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in music performance and composition, and to appreciate music as an art form. Instrumental and choral performing ensembles form the core of the program. Music Technology, Music Theory and AP Music Theory are intended for students who desire a more in depth study of music.
     
     
     
    Courses are offered for Band, Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. All high school music courses are offered on an elective basis. Performance groups meet for ninety minutes on alternate days for the entire year. Continued musical growth and development of technical skills, reading ability and general musicianship are emphasized. Students in these courses have opportunities to participate in many extra-curricular activities including marching band, pit orchestra, and various kinds of instrumental and vocal ensembles. Many groups also participate in exhibitions and competitions.
     
     
     
    All courses in Music are offered only if there is sufficient enrollment.
     
     
     

    Band
     

    8020 Concert Band (36 weeks, A/B schedule, 1 Credit)
     
    Concert Band is designed for students in grades 10-12 who choose to continue their educational interests in band music. Students receive experience playing a variety of musical styles and continue their development of musical skills and techniques. Public performances are scheduled throughout the year. Individual instruction on specific instruments may take place within the larger group rehearsal. However, emphasis is on the ensemble experience and on the individual’s performance as a responsibility to the group’s overall success. Students are eligible to audition for County and District Band.
     
    Participation in the band program includes required after-school and evening rehearsals as determined by the director. All band members are encouraged to participate in the Marching Band. Marching Band is one of the most visible extracurricular activities in the high school and provides the opportunity for motivated musicians to attain higher levels of musical performance. Prerequisite: Participation in the middle school band program or the equivalent, by audition, and/or approval of the high school band director.
     
     
     
    8660 Symphonic Band (36 weeks, A/B schedule, 1 Credit)
     
    Symphonic Band designed for students in grades 10-12 who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. Public performances are scheduled throughout the year, including concert and marching settings. Individual instruction on specific instruments may take place within the larger group rehearsal. However, emphasis is on the ensemble experience and on the individual’s performance as a responsibility to the group’s overall success. Students are eligible to audition for County and District Band. Participation in the band program includes required after-school and evening rehearsals as determined by the director. All band members are encouraged to participate in the Marching Band. Prerequisite: Participation in the Concert Band is desirable, but not required. Admission is by audition or approval of the high school band director.
     
     
     
    8665 Jazz Ensemble (36 weeks, A/B schedule, 1 Credit)
     
    Jazz Ensemble is offered as an opposite-day companion course to Symphonic Band. Students enrolled in this course must also be enrolled in Symphonic Band. This course is open by audition to students who play the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass or drums. Classes are devoted to a study of a wide variety of jazz music and styles. Emphasis is placed on the development of the style, interpretation, and the technical skills needed for jazz performance, as well as the historical aspects of this American art form. Participation in the Jazz Ensemble includes required after-school and evening rehearsals and performances as determined by the director. This ensemble will be involved in several jazz competitions and festivals in the spring that generally occur on Friday evenings and some Saturdays. Prerequisite: Audition and/or approval by high school jazz ensemble director.
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Orchestra

    8664 Orchestra (36 weeks, A/B schedule, 1 Credit)
     
    Students participating in string orchestra will actively engage in the creation and performance of orchestral music literature, which will expose students to a variety of musical genres and periods. Students will advance their musical development through rehearsal and performance in small and large ensemble settings. Orchestra is offered to students who play violin, viola, cello or double bass. Students playing other instruments may only join orchestra with the approval of the high school orchestra director. Performances in the school and community will be scheduled throughout the year. Students are eligible to audition for County and District Orchestra. Participation in Orchestra includes required after-school and evening rehearsals as determined by the director. Prerequisite: Participation in the middle school orchestra program or the equivalent, by audition, and/or approval of the high school orchestra director. 
     

    Chorus
    8661 Chorus- Grade 10 (36 weeks, A/B schedule, 1 Credit
     
    Chorus is offered to sophomores who enjoy singing in a vocal ensemble. Active participation and pursuit of individual musical growth are essential for the successful performance of vocal music. Students will learn to develop proper vocal technique and performance discipline. Emphasis will be placed on training the singers to become better musicians through the use of choral repertoire.
     
    The Chorus will perform both classical and contemporary works at the appropriate developmental level. A repertoire will be chosen that reflects a variety of styles, forms, and cultures and includes both sacred and secular texts. School and community performances will be scheduled throughout the year. Students are eligible to audition for County and District Chorus as well as for select vocal ensembles. Participation in the choral program includes required evening rehearsals and all scheduled concerts. Participation in the spring trip is optional, but encouraged. Prerequisite: Participation in the middle school choral program is desirable but not required.
     
     
     
    8662 Choir- Grades 11, 12 (36 weeks, A/B schedule, 1 Credit)
     
    Choir is offered to juniors and seniors who enjoy singing in a vocal ensemble and have completed at least one year of high school music training. Active participation and pursuit of individual growth are essential for the successful performance of vocal music. Students will continue to develop proper vocal technique and performance discipline.
     
    The Choir performs both classical and contemporary works at the highest standard. A repertoire will be chosen that reflects a variety of styles, forms, and cultures and includes both sacred and secular texts. School and community performances will be scheduled frequently throughout the year. Students are eligible to audition for County and District Chorus as well as for select vocal ensembles. Participation in the choral program includes required evening rehearsals and all scheduled concerts. Participation in the spring trip is optional, but encouraged. Prerequisite: Participation in Chorus-Grade 10 is desirable, but not required.
     
     
     

    Music Theory and Music Technology
    8667 Music Theory (18 weeks, A/B schedule .5 Credit)
     
    Music Theory develops the basic rudiments of music and introduces functional harmony studies. This course is designed for music performers who wish to further their musical understanding and is also intended to prepare students for AP Music Theory.
     
     
     
    8600 Advanced Placement Music Theory (18 wks, Daily, 1.0 Credit, Weighted)
     
    AP Music Theory provides an in-depth study of the processes of music performance, composition and analysis by focusing on the development of: (1) complex aural skills; (2) skills in the written analysis of functional harmony; (3) sight singing techniques; (4) musical composition skills; (5) keyboard skills and (6) understanding of musical form and history. Students who take this course should have acquired basic skills in vocal or instrumental performance. Students taking this course should plan to take the AP Music Theory test in May. AP Weighted-Grade course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music Theory OR a passing score on the Music Elective Placement Test.
     
     
     
    8620 Music Technology and Production (18 weeks A/B schedule, .5 credit)
     
    This course allows students to explore modern music technology applications and techniques, by utilizing MIDI workstations. Students will learn in a hands-on environment, developing skills with sequencing, recording, notation, and other music software. Prerequisite: Some knowledge of basis rhythm and pitch notation.
     

    Music Creation, Production and Marketing

    ( 18 week A/B .5 credit)

    This course is designed for students who wish to learn how to create, produce, and market new music.  The course will include analysis of song structure, lyrics, chord patterns, and arranging.  Additionally, students will learn how to foster relationships with local businesses and charitable organizations.  Upon completion, students will come away with at least one finished or reworked song and a plan to promote it through digital media or social media platforms.  Students will have access to instruments like guitar, piano, bass, drums, and other forms of digital media/software.

     

    Musical Theater and Tech

    ( 18 week A/B  .5 credit)

    This hands-on course will focus on all aspects of musical theater production: including stage tech, set design, sound, lighting, and performing.   In addition, students will get a brief overview of the history of musical theater and learn the important trends and ideas in the world of musical theater today.  The course will culminate in projects and performances that show an understanding of all aspects of musical theater and will provide a foundation for a future in musical theater production.

     
     
     

    High School Music Teachers 
     
    Central Bucks HS East
    Band: Jason Morehouse
    Chorus: Christopher Villante
    Orchestra: Jennifer DiVasto
     
    Central Bucks HS South
    Band: Brian Cox
    Choral: Joseph Stellino
    Orchestra: Scott Hensil
     
    Central Bucks HS West
    Band: Neil Delson
    Chorus: Dr. Joseph Ohrt
    Orchestra: Jessica Tosti