Instrumental Arts

String orchestra is a performance based ensemble for violin, viola, cello, and string bass players.  This a challenging and fun program, designed to enhance each student’s understanding and appreciation for the classical repertoire, as well as a diverse selection of alternative styles including, but not limited to rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop, fiddle tunes, and world music.The orchestra offers students of all playing levels the opportunity to learn, improve and excel.

Contact Department Chair Michael Moffatt with questions at mmoffatt@gocathedral.com


Beginning Concert and Marching Band (College Prep)

C722CF/C722CS                    2 Semesters                2 Credits

Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
The structure of the daily learning experience includes development of instrumental technique, ensemble blend and balance, and musical expression. Required rehearsals and performances are mandatory unless excused by Band Director or Administration. *After review of curriculum requirements, Academic credit may be awarded for students in their 3rd and 4th semesters and Honors credit may be awarded for students in their 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters as they demonstrate increasing levels of musical competency. The Band Director will determine these requirements and the achievement of competencies at each level.


Intermediate Concert and Marching Band (Academic)

C722AF/C722AS            2 Semesters               2 Credits

Prerequisite:
CP Concert and Marching Band or permission of instructor

Course Description:
The structure of the daily learning experience includes development of instrumental technique, ensemble blend and balance, and musical expression. Required rehearsals and performances are mandatory unless excused by Band Director or Administration. *After review of curriculum requirements, Academic credit may be awarded for students in their 3rd and 4th semesters as they demonstrate increasing levels of musical competency. The Band Director will determine these requirements and the achievement of competencies at each level.


Advanced Concert and Marching Band (Honors)

C722XF/C722XS            2 Semesters               2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Academic Concert and March Band or permission of instructor

Course Description:
The structure of the daily learning experience includes development of instrumental technique, ensemble blend and balance, and musical expression. Required rehearsals and performances are mandatory unless excused by Band Director or Administration. *After review of curriculum requirements, Honors credit may be awarded for students in their 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters as they demonstrate increasing levels of musical competency. The Band Director will determine these requirements and the achievement of competencies at each level.


Advanced Ensemble (College Prep)

C723CF/C723CS            2 Semesters               2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Open to all students by permission of Band Director and/or Jazz Band Director.

Course Description:
In-depth study of jazz styles, interpretation, and improvisation forms the core of this course. Concurrent membership in Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Concert Band, Orchestra or Choir is required unless otherwise approved by the Band Director and/or Jazz Band Director. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advancing level provided that defined standards are achieved. Rehearsals and performances are required unless excused by the Jazz Band Director or Administration. *After review of curriculum requirements, Honors credit may be awarded for students in their 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters as they demonstrate increasing levels of musical competency as defined and determined by the Band Director and/or Jazz Band Director.


Jazz Ensemble (Academic)

C723AF/C723AS            2 Semesters               2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Open to all students by permission of Band Director and/or Jazz Band Director.

Course Description:
In-depth study of jazz styles, interpretation, and improvisation forms the core of this course. Concurrent membership in Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Concert Band, Orchestra or Choir is required unless otherwise approved by the Band Director and/or Jazz Band Director. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advancing level provided that defined standards are achieved. Rehearsals and performances are required unless excused by the Jazz Band Director or Administration. *After review of curriculum requirements, Honors credit may be awarded for students in their 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters as they demonstrate increasing levels of musical competency as defined and determined by the Band Director and/or Jazz Band Director.


Jazz Ensemble (Honors)

C723XF/C723XS            2 Semesters               2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Open to all students by permission of Band Director and/or Jazz Band Director.

Course Description:
In-depth study of jazz styles, interpretation, and improvisation forms the core of this course. Concurrent membership in Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Concert Band, Orchestra or Choir is required unless otherwise approved by the Band Director and/or Jazz Band Director. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advancing level provided that defined standards are achieved. Rehearsals and performances are required unless excused by the Jazz Band Director or Administration. *After review of curriculum requirements, Honors credit may be awarded for students in their 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters as they demonstrate increasing levels of musical competency as defined and determined by the Band Director and/or Jazz Band Director. *After review of curriculum requirements, Honors credit may be awarded for students in their 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters as they demonstrate increasing levels of musical competency as defined and determined by the Band Director and/or Jazz Band Director.


Beginning Orchestra (College Prep)

C729CF/C729CS            2 Semesters               2 Credits

Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
This course is an ensemble designed for students with intermediate or advancing ability on a string instrument. The class curriculum focuses on nurturing the personal growth of each member in the areas of technique, style, and musicality. A broad range of repertoire will be explored. Students will have numerous performance and learning opportunities. All members are expected to practice individually and to attend musical performances off-campus. Performances are required, including participation in ISSMA solo/ensemble and ISSMA Organizational contest (when applicable- To participate in ISSMA Solo/Ensemble, students must be enrolled in a performing musical class, ie., band, orchestra, choir. Per All State Orchestra rules, to participate in All State Orchestra, students must be enrolled in Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced orchestra). *After review of curriculum requirements, Honors credit may be awarded for students in their 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters as they demonstrate increasing levels of musical competency as defined and determined by the Band Director and/or Orchestra Director.


Intermediate Orchestra (Academic)

C729AF/C729AS            2 Semesters               2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Previous enrollment in Beginning Orchestra is required, unless otherwise approved by the orchestra director.

Course Description:
This course is an ensemble designed for students with intermediate or advancing ability on a string instrument. The class curriculum focuses on nurturing the personal growth of each member in the areas of technique, style, and musicality. A broad range of repertoire will be explored. Students will have numerous performance and learning opportunities. All members are expected to practice individually and to attend musical performances off-campus. Performances are required, including participation in ISSMA solo/ensemble and ISSMA Organizational contest (when applicable- To participate in ISSMA Solo/Ensemble, students must be enrolled in a performing musical class, ie., band, orchestra, choir. Per All State Orchestra rules, to participate in All State Orchestra, students must be enrolled in Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced orchestra). *After review of curriculum requirements, Honors credit may be awarded for students in their 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters as they demonstrate increasing levels of musical competency as defined and determined by the Band Director and/or Orchestra Director.


Advanced Orchestra (Honors)

C729XF/C729XS            2 Semesters               2 Credits

Prerequisite:
Previous enrollment in Intermediate Orchestra is required, unless otherwise approved by the orchestra director.

Course Description:
This course is an ensemble designed for students with intermediate or advancing ability on a string instrument. The class curriculum focuses on nurturing the personal growth of each member in the areas of technique, style, and musicality. A broad range of repertoire will be explored. Students will have numerous performance and learning opportunities. All members are expected to practice individually and to attend musical performances off-campus. Performances are required, including participation in ISSMA solo/ensemble and ISSMA Organizational contest (when applicable- To participate in ISSMA Solo/Ensemble, students must be enrolled in a performing musical class, ie., band, orchestra, choir. Per All State Orchestra rules, to participate in All State Orchestra, students must be enrolled in Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced orchestra). *After review of curriculum requirements, Honors credit may be awarded for students in their 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters as they demonstrate increasing levels of musical competency as defined and determined by the Band Director and/or Orchestra Director.


Piano and Electronic Keyboard I (College Prep)

C731CF/C731CS            1 Semester               1 Credit

Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to receive small group or private instruction designed to develop performance skills. It is for both the beginning student and the more experienced student with an interest in expanding musical performance options. Individual performance will be explored, as well as the foundations of instrumental pedagogy. A variety of music methods and repertoire is utilized to refine students’ abilities in listening, analyzing, interpreting and performing. Performance opportunities available.

Piano and Electronic Keyboard II (College Prep)

C737CF/C737CS            1 Semester               1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Keyboarding I

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to receive small group or private instruction designed to develop performance skills. It is for both the beginning student and the more experienced student with an interest in expanding musical performance options. Individual performance will be explored, as well as the foundations of instrumental pedagogy. A variety of music methods and repertoire is utilized to refine students’ abilities in listening, analyzing, interpreting and performing. Performances are required. ISSMA competition is optional.


Independent Study: Music (Academic)

C725AF/C725AS            1 Semester               1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to seniors only and by permission.

Course Description:
Curriculum is written to the individual needs of the student. Contact Band, Choir or Orchestra Director for more information. Must be approved by Department Chair.


Advanced Independent Study: Music (Honors)

C725XF/C725XS            1 Semester               1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Open to seniors only and by permission.

Course Description:
Curriculum is written to the individual needs of the student. Contact Band, Choir or Orchestra Director for more information. Must be approved by Department Chair.


Applied Music Instrumental Recital (Honors)

C730XF/X730XS            1 Semester               1 Credit

Prerequisite:
4 semesters of Band or Orchestra and/or permission of instructor.

Course Description:
In Applied Music Instrumental Recital, students continue their playing either as a soloist or in a small ensemble. They must continue in Band or Orchestra during this time. The students will learn more about their instrument, history of music and some theory. Students will prepare for a recital at the end of each semester. Some students may use this as a preparation for college auditions.

*Course Fee*

Music Theory, AP (Advanced Placement)

C728XS             1 Semester           1 Credit

Prerequisite:
Grade of “B” or better in Music Theory and with instructor’s approval. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:
AP Theory is a continuation of Music Theory I and will be offered second semester. A student who takes both Music Theory I and AP Music Theory will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Exam for Music Theory. AP Theory will expand concepts explored in Music Theory I with additional practice in ear training, sight singing, and rhythmic and melodic dictation. The course integrates aspects of melody, harmony, texture, form, history and style. The course progresses to include creative tasks, such as the harmonization of a melody, composing a musical bass line, and the realization of figured-bass notation. Additional course objective include study of secondary dominants, compositional forms, chord modulations, in-depth melodic structure and composition, and general review of baroque, classical, romantic and early twentieth-century terms, styles, and characteristics.