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Department Course Descriptions

Vocal Music

The Senior High School Vocal/General Music Curriculum offered at Eleanor Roosevelt High School includes varied offerings and levels of offerings in performance and special interest areas. For students who demonstrate special musical ability and plan to pursue the study of music in college, there are advanced performance classes. For students who simply enjoy music and wish to be involved in music as a leisure time activity as performers or as consumers, there are special interest courses in guitar/piano and music survey. Please refer to the following course descriptions for more specific information.

Choir

There are five choirs at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Ninth graders are eligible to take Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Gospel Choir. Students in grades 10-12 may elect to take Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Gospel Choir, or Chamber Choir. Students must audition for the Chamber Choir, Women’s Choir, and Men’s Choir.

No audition is required for Concert Choir or Gospel Choir. Each class meets daily for one class period for the full year. Students may be enrolled in and receive credit for any of these courses from one to four years. Continuous skill development through varied repertory is achieved each year.

Attendance at outside school performances and rehearsals is a requirement of these courses. Uniforms are required and are provided for a fee.

The choir calendar of performances and rehearsals, listing required out-of-school attendance, is given to each choir member at the beginning of the year. In the event of emergencies or unexpected invitations, the teacher will consult with the group to determine the availability of the group. Those students who are not available on short notice (less than 30 days) will not be penalized for non-attendance.

CONCERT CHOIR (I credit single mod)*
This full-year course offers instruction in intermediate vocal techniques, score reading and includes study and
performance of mixed chorus literature. The approximate number of out-of-school performances for this group is 5.
No audition is required to join this group.

GOSPEL CHOIR (I credit, single mod)*
This full-year course offers instruction in intermediate vocal techniques, score reading and includes study and
performance of gospel literature. The approximate number of out-of-school performances for this group is 7. No
audition is required to join this group.

MEN'S CHOIR (I credit, single mod)*
This full-year course offers instruction in intermediate vocal techniques, score reading and includes study and
performance of tenor/bass literature. The approximate number of out-of-school performances for this group is 8.
An audition is required for this class.

WOMEN’S CHOIR (1 credit, single mod)*
This full-year course offers instruction in advanced vocal techniques, score reading and includes study and
performance of soprano/alto literature. The approximate number of out-of-school performances for this group is 8. An audition is required for this class.

CHAMBER CHOIR (1credit,single mod)*
This full-year course offers instruction in advanced vocal techniques, score reading and includes study and performance of mixed chorus literature. The approximate number of out-of-school performances for this group is 8. An audition is required. This group is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

 


Special Interest - General Music Courses

Special Interest - General Music courses are offered for the general student who wishes to learn about and/or to perform music on the piano or guitar.

BASIC GUITAR (1/2 credit or 1 credit, single mod)*
This semester or two-semester course includes opportunity to perform on a guitar, using beginning folk, rock, blues and classical techniques. This course is designed for the student with no previous guitar experience. Beginning music theory is part of this class. During the spring semester, each student composes an original song for the theory assignment. Students perform for one another in monthly "Coffee House" setting.

INTERMEDIATE GUITAR (1/2 credit or 1 credit, single mod)*
This semester or two-semester course includes opportunity to perform on a guitar, using intermediate folk, rock, blues, and classical techniques. Music theory appropriate to the student's level is part of this class. During the spring semester, each student composes an original song for the theory assignment. Students perform for one another in monthly "Coffee House" setting.

ADVANCED GUITAR (1/2 credit or 1 credit, single mod)*
This semester or two-semester course includes opportunity to perform on a guitar, using advanced folk, rock, blues, and classical techniques. Music theory appropriate to the student's level is part of this class. During the spring semester, each student composes an original song for the theory assignment. Students perform for one another in monthly "Coffee House setting. More advanced students are encouraged to perform in the evening performance, "Best of Coffee House."

BASIC PIANO (1/2 credit or 1 credit, single mod)*
This semester or two-semester course is designed for any senior high student who wishes to learn the fundamentals of keyboard performance. The course is designed for students with no previous piano background. Music theory appropriate to the student's level is part of this class. During the spring semester, each student composes an original song for the theory assignment. Students perform for one another in monthly "Coffee House setting.

INTERMEDIATE PIANO (1/2 credit or 1 credit, single mod)*
This semester or two-semester course is designed to help increase keyboard skills to a degree that will permit the student to play a variety of music for self-enjoyment. Music theory appropriate to the student's level is part of this class. During the spring semester, each student composes an original song for the theory assignment. Students perform for one another in monthly "Coffee House" setting.

ADVANCED PIANO (1/2 credit or 1 credit, single mod)*
This semester or two-semester course helps the student apply fundamentals of music theory and harmony to the keyboard. It is designed to offer experience in improvisation, transposition, modulation, and sight-reading. Music theory appropriate to the student's level is part of this class. During the spring semester, each student composes an original song for the theory assignment. Students perform for one another in monthly "Coffee House setting. More advanced students are encouraged to perform in these evening performances.

PRINCIPLES OF RECORDING TECHNOLOGY (1/2 credit, single mod)*
This one-semester course includes: basics of acoustics principles, techniques for live sound support and recording, principles of multi-track recording to tape and hard disk, mixing and mastering procedures. Students in grade 10-12 are eligible for this course. A music teacher signature is required.

MUSIC THEORY (1/2 credit, single mod)*
This one-semester course begins with a short review of basics, key signatures and note values; then moves to harmonic analysis and composition. Included are sight singing and harmonic, melodic and rhythmic dictation. Students currently enrolled in the ERHS music program are eligible.

 

Instrumental Music

The Instrumental Music program at ERHS is one of the most active and progressive in the state. Whatever your playing level, beginner to virtuoso, you will be placed in a group where you can and will succeed! Each ensemble is open to students in grades 9-12. Auditions are held each spring to determine placement in one of five bands or three orchestras (strings) based on level of achievement. Each course meets daily for one full-year and students may receive credit all four years. Students continuously develop their skills through the varied repertoire learned each year.

Attendance at outside school performances/rehearsals (about 3 - 10 per year) is a requirement for all of these courses. Uniforms are provided for a small fee of $15 per year. Members of the bands and orchestras participate in fund raising activities during the year.


Bands

Concert Band 3 (I credit, single mod)*
For students coming from most middle school band programs in Prince George's County, this group offers a review of basic performance techniques. The band rehearses music selected to assist in developing good tone quality, breath support, and good intonation, while striving for more advanced technical skills. Students are encouraged to study privately outside of school.

Concert Band 2 (1 credit, single mod)*
For students coming from Concert Band III or most middle school band programs in Prince George's County, this group offers refinement of basic performance techniques. The band rehearses music selected to assist in developing characteristic tone quality, breath support, and good intonation, while striving to attain more advanced music reading and technical skills as well as greater understanding of musical expression. Some students study privately outside of school.

Concert Band 1 (I credit, single mod)*
For students coming from Concert Band 11 or advanced middle school band programs in Prince George's County who demonstrate competence in tone production, technique, and rhythmic reading, this group rehearses music selected to develop and communicate concepts of balance, blend, rhythmic relationships, technical accuracy, and musical expression. Many students study privately outside of school.

Symphonic Band (I credit, single mod)*
Predominantly comprised of advanced musicians, members are selected based on their ability to demonstrate characteristic sound, pitch control, advanced technique, rhythmic reading, musical nuance, and style. Music performed includes standard banc repertoire that helps develop advanced concepts of balance, blend, rhythmic independence, aesthetic expression, as well as advanced technical skills. Most students study privately outside of school.

Wind Ensemble (I credit, single mod)*
Members include advanced musicians selected because of their unusual musical achievement. Music performed demonstrates an advanced understanding of all musical parameters and challenges students to expand their vocabulary of stylistic expressions, polish technical facility, and explore challenging and varied repertoire. Almost all students study privately outside of school.

Marching Band (1/2 credit, meets after school)*
Marching band will be offered for credit to anyone registered for the any of the intermediate or advanced Bands. In other words, you will register for two bands - a concert band during the day and marching band after school. You will receive 1 1/2 credits each year! New students must pass a general audition for minimum proficiency on their instrument. Marching Band will meet after school and will appear on your schedule as Period 9. Marching band performs at approximately 15 athletic and scholastic events per year.


Orchestras

Introduction to Orchestra (1 credit, single mod) *
For students who have had little or no previous instruction in the basics of playing an orchestral string instrument. The fundamentals of music reading, rhythmic execution, performance technique, and solo and ensemble performance skills will be the focus of the course. Participation in the course will enable students to acquire the sills necessary to audition for the Intermediate Orchestra Class.

Concert Orchestra (I credit, single mod)*
For students coming from most middle school orchestra programs in Prince George's County, this group offers refinement of basic performance techniques. The orchestra rehearses music that will assist in developing basic string techniques, good intonation, and tone quality. Techniques include development of vibrato and early position work. Students are encouraged to study privately outside of school.

Symphony Orchestra (1 credit, single mod)*
Predominantly comprised of advanced musicians, members are selected based on their ability to demonstrate characteristic sound, pitch control, advanced technique, rhythmic reading, musical nuance, and style. Music performed includes standard orchestral repertoire that helps develop advanced concepts of balance, blend, rhythmic independence, aesthetic expression, as well as advanced technical skills. All students must be comfortable in upper positions. Most students study privately outside of school.

Chamber Orchestra (1 credit, single mod)*
Members include advanced musicians selected because of their unusual musical achievement. Music performed demonstrates an advanced understanding of all musical parameters and challenges students to expand their vocabulary of stylistic expressions, polish technical facility, and explore challenging and varied repertoire. Almost all students study privately outside of school.

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(*) - courses that satisfy the fine art graduation requirement
(+) - courses that satisfy the technology education graduation requirement
(=) - courses that satisfy the advanced technology graduation requirement

 


 


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