Music

Music education prepares students to become active, culturally aware adults. Performing groups require students to establish a rigorous practice routine to acquire the necessary skills and the discipline of working as a unit rather than as an individual. The process of being involved in the creation of art stimulates creativity. Finally, music education should prepare students to be musicians in the fullest sense of the word ‑ sensitive and creative. Music from all styles and historic periods will be studied, compared, and performed within the year. Music history, theory, form, etc. should be learned not only in the specific classroom situation but also as the various literatures are rehearsed by the performing groups.

Music education at the high school is open to anyone regardless of the level of his/her ability. The program will be designed to nurture and encourage growth of ability through performing opportunities, classroom work, and one-on-one teaching at every level, so that all may reach their full potential.

Students who participate in music classes at Nonnewaug High School will have the opportunity to participate in various festivals, concerts and community events throughout the year. Students can explore careers in music including education, sound recording technology, production, music management, songwriting, music therapy, performing and countless other career options.


Music Courses


BAND 9-12

1 credit

The Nonnewaug Band is structured to give students in grades 9-12 a meaningful experience in music. A variety of literature will be covered while considering each individual student’s ability level. Students will gain a knowledge and appreciation of music. The music that is performed is meant to be challenging and musically fulfilling. The musical aspects of interpretation, phrasing, ensemble balance and blend are emphasized. Students will need to demonstrate an ability to match pitch balance, blend, play with appropriate style and following the cues of the conductor and demonstrate appropriate concert etiquette. Attendance at all after school, evening and dress rehearsals is required. Additional written and performance critiques are required. Performances include: Tree Lightings and Memorial Day parades in Woodbury and Bethlehem; two school concerts (winter and spring), graduation, and at various school events as deemed appropriate by the instructor. Students will also have the opportunity to audition for the Berkshire League Music Festival, Northern Region Festival, and All State. Students will be required to meet the “proficient level” standards as defined by the National Standards for Music Education. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


CHORUS 9-12

1 credit

This is an elective course open to all students who would like to experience ensemble singing and perform selections from all music periods. The chorus performs at the tree lighting festivals in Woodbury and Bethlehem; two school concerts (winter and spring), and at various school events as deemed appropriate by the instructor. Attendance at performances is mandatory. Students will also have the opportunity to audition for the Berkshire League Music Festival, Northern Region Festival, and All State. Students will be required to meet the “proficient level” standards as defined by the National Standards for Music Education. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 9-12

1 credit Course (meets technology requirement for graduation)

This full-year course provides students with an introduction to the latest computer software and hardware along with analog and digital recording. Students will learn traditional music terminology along with sequencing, score writing, and recording technology. Other topics include commercial/ radio jingles, podcasting and film scoring and keyboarding. Students selecting this class should have some musical background and access to headphones for class use. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


CHAMBER SINGERS 10-12 NEW FOR 2017-2018!

1 credit

Be a part of the FIRST select mixed vocal group at Nonnewaug High School! This is a select ensemble open to singers with prior experience, by audition only. This group will sing more challenging selections than offered in the traditional vocal ensemble. They will learn repertoire in different languages and varying choral styles. Students will also study music theory as it applies to the voice. Students who have prior experience and wish to take the course must meet the “advanced level” standards as defined by National Standards for Music Education, and must participate in several performances throughout the year including, but not limited to, the winter and spring concert, the tree lighting festivals in Woodbury and Bethlehem, sporting events, graduation and various school events as deemed appropriate by the instructor. Any student who participates in chamber singers is highly encouraged to audition for the Northern Region Music Festival. *(Recommended for students pursuing music post-graduation).Prerequisite: 1 Year of Chorus with Audition and Teacher Recommendation; College Prep


STRING ENSEMBLE – 9-12

1 credit

This is an elective course open to all intermediate and advanced string students with prior playing experience in grades 9-12. The course offers an applied study of stringed instrument care, music rudiments, performance techniques, and advanced musicianship skills. Students enrolled in this course will be responsible for preparing music for the school’s winter and spring concert performances. Attendance at all school concerts is mandatory. Advanced students will be given the opportunity to perform in small select groups and audition for the Regional and State Music Festivals. Students will be required to meet the “proficient level” standards as defined by the National Standards for Music Education. Prerequisite: Prior String Experience; College Prep


MUSIC THEORY 9-12

1 credit

Music Theory is a course that is offered in alternate years with AP Music Theory. Prior instrumental or vocal performance experience is recommended. The course is designed for those students who have a strong interest in music theory and composition. Students will explore pitch, duration, rhythm, scales, key signatures, intervals, chords, and basic music analysis. Ear training and music dictation are also covered. This class will prepare students for the AP music theory course. *Introduction to Music Theory and AP Music Theory will not run concurrently. Offering is based on student enrollment. No Prerequisite; College Prep


AP MUSIC THEORY 9-12

1 credit

AP Music Theory is a course that is offered in alternate years with Music Theory. Prior instrumental or vocal performance experience is required. AP Music Theory is a college level course with an emphasis on music theory, analysis, composition, ear training and dictation. Students should expect a great deal of outside work including performance on instruments and/or singing and compositions. Students are required to take the AP exam. Prerequisite: Music Theory; College Prep


MUSICAL THEATER METHODS 9-12

1 credit

This is an exciting course for anyone interested in Musical Theater. Students will learn the history of musical theater and will be introduced to the various technical and artistic elements that go into a musical production. This course covers vocal and dramatic repertoire of the Musical Theater. Students will learn dramatic interpretation of both spoken and sung material. Students with prior technology experience can use this course to further their practice and development of technical skills, as related to the theater arts (Sound, Lighting, Video, etc.). Students interested in being in the spring musical are encouraged to take this course. Additional rehearsals, performances and participation will be included as part of the class requirements and will count towards individual student grades. This course is open to all students. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep

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