Music Courses
Courses by Course Numbers - click title to see course description and prerequisites 
# 5701 - Chamber Singers A (before school)(10-12)
# 5702 - Chamber Singers B (before school)(10-12)
# 5711 - Treble Choir A (1st Semester) (10-12) 
# 5712 - Treble Choir B (2nd Semester) (10-12) 
# 5721 - Concert Choir A (1st Semester) (10-12)
# 5722 - Concert Choir B (2nd Semester) (10-12)
# 5731 - Cantorei Choir A (1st Semester) (10-12)
# 5732 - Cantorei Choir B (2nd Semester) (10-12)
# 5801 - String Orchestra A (1st Semester) (10-12)
# 5802 - String Orchestra B (2nd Semester) (10-12) 
# 5811 - Sinfonia Orchestra A (1st Semester) (10-12)
# 5812 - Sinfonia Orchestra B (2nd Semester) (10-12)
# 5500 - Cantorei Choir/Sinfonia Orchestra A (1st Semester) (10-12)
# 5501 - Cantorei Choir/Sinfonia Orchestra B (2nd Semester) (10-12)
# 5502 - Cantorei Choir/Symphonic Winds A (1st Semester) (10-12)
# 5503 - Cantorei Choir/Symphonic Winds B (2nd Semester) (10-12)
# 5504 – Concert Band/Concert Choir A (1st Semester) (10-12)
# 5506 – Concert Band/Concert Choir B (2nd Semester) (10-12)
# 5955 - Guitar I (10-12)
# 5956 - Guitar II (10-12)
 
Course # 5950 – Swing Choir 9 (9) (Not offered in 2016-2017)
If you want to be in Glee Club, this is the class for you! This semester class is open to any student enrolled in Choir 9, Band 9 or Orchestra 9. Students in Swing Choir will perform a wide variety of three- and four-part music including madrigals, world music, jazz and American popular music. Students will be introduced to basic choreography and learn important techniques for singing in a small ensemble. Participants will have several community performances throughout the semester as well as put on a culminating evening show in May.
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Course # 5991 – Band 9A (9)
Course # 5992 – Band 9B (9)

Students are encouraged to grow musically by expanding both their small and large ensemble repertoire. Performing skills are enhanced by further study of scale studies and chorales. Emphasis is placed on articulation, tone range, blend, balance and intonation. Regularly scheduled concerts outside of the school day are a part of this class. Band is a performance-based course that relies on participation for the entire year.
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Course # 5993 – Choir 9A (9)
Course # 5994 – Choir 9B (9)

Membership in Choir 9 is open to all choir students in grade 9. Choir students will develop basic performance technique (tone production, music reading, mechanics or performance), learn introductory music theory, create music, and perform a wide variety of concert literature. In addition to concert performances during the year, the Choir will participate in Minnesota State High School League festivals and solo/ensemble contests. Choir students also participate in various school functions throughout the year. Students should register for both Choir A and B. Choir will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5997 – Orchestra 9A (9)
Course # 5998 – Orchestra 9B (9)

Membership in Orchestra 9 is open to all orchestra students in grade 9. Orchestra students will develop basic performance technique (tone production, music reading, mechanics or performance), learn introductory music theory, create music, and perform a wide variety of concert literature. In addition to concert performances during the year, the Orchestra will participate in Minnesota State High School League festivals and solo/ensemble contests. Orchestra students also participate in various school functions throughout the year. Students should register for both Orchestra A and B. Orchestra will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5505 – Music Theory (10-12)
Students enrolled in the music theory course will explore notation, symbols and structure of music. Skills will be developed so that students can analyze music both in written form and by listening. By the end of the course, students should be able to start composing and harmonizing their own melodies. Please note that this course does not meet the art requirement for graduation.
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Course # 5513 – Advanced Placement Music Theory A (10-12)
Course # 5514 – Advanced Placement Music Theory B (10-12)

Ranger U Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation Required
Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory is a course of study designed for the highly motivated student who desires the opportunity to gain college credit while completing the study of music theory in high school. AP Music Theory is an accelerated study of music theory, harmony, analysis of music structure, melodic and rhythmic dictation and sight singing. This course of study typically comprises first year, college-level music theory curriculum. All students completing this course may take the College Board sponsored Music Theory Test in the spring. A basic keyboard, music theory, and music class background will be helpful to the student. High school students considering collegiate music study should consider review of the undergraduate music theory entry expectations & recommendations of their prospective post-secondary school(s) of interest. Please note that this course does not meet the art requirement for graduation.
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Course # 5601 - Varsity Band A (1st Semester) (10-12)tuba
Course # 5602 - Varsity Band B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval Required. (Band only students use course numbers 5650 and 5651 for registration; Band & Choir doublers use course numbers 5905 and 5906.)
Membership in Varsity Band is open to all band students in grades 10 through 12. Varsity Band students will develop basic performance technique (tone production, music reading, mechanics of performance), learn introductory music theory, create music, and perform a wide variety of concert literature. In addition to concert performances during the year, the Varsity Band will participate in Minnesota State High School League festivals and solo/ensemble contests. Varsity Band students also participate in various school functions throughout the year. Students should register for both Varsity Band A and B. Varsity Band will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5611 – Concert Band A (1st Semester) (10-12)
Course # 5612 – Concert Band B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval Required. (Band only students use course numbers 5650 and 5651 for registration; Band & Choir doublers use course numbers 5905 and 5906.)
Membership in Concert Band is open to all band students in grades 10 through 12. Concert Band students will develop basic performance technique (tone production, music reading, mechanics of performance), learn introductory music theory, create music, and perform a wide variety of concert literature. In addition to concert performances during the year, the Concert Band will participate in Minnesota State High School League festivals and solo/ensemble contests. Concert Band students also participate in various school functions throughout the year. Students should register for both Concert Band A and B. Concert Band will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5621 - Symphonic Winds A (1st Semester) (10-12)
Course # 5622 - Symphonic Winds B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

Prerequisite: Audition Required. (Band only students use course numbers 5650 and 5651 for registration; Band & Choir doublers use course numbers 5905 and 5906.)
Membership in Symphonic Winds is open to all band students in grades 10 through 12. Traditionally, Symphonic Winds members are those students who have exhibited the music skills necessary to perform more advanced music literature. Student musicians in this band are selected by audition. Performing wind band literature of the finest quality, Symphonic Winds students participate in various school, conference, and Minnesota State High School League functions during the year. Student musicians in Symphonic Winds are expected to be actively involved in ensemble activities throughout the school year. Students should register for both Symphonic Winds A and B. Symphonic Winds will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5630 - Garage Band (10-12) (Not offered in 2016-2017)
Class participation includes the study of blues progressions, jazz music theory, various jazz styles, chordal structure, modal scales and applied instrumental improvisation. Students will also perform creatively in a jazz combo. Students will be expected to play in a band on bass guitar, rhythm guitar, drums and keyboard.
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Course # 5641 - Jazz Ensemble A (before school)(10-12)
Course # 5642 - Jazz Ensemble B (before school)(10-12)

Prerequisite: Students are encouraged to also register for a full year of another period 1, 2 or 3 instrumental or choral ensemble to participate in Jazz Ensemble. Audition Required.
Students will perform standard and contemporary jazz repertoire in this class. Students not performing on traditional jazz instruments will need to see the director for use of a school owned instrument. Improvisation will be introduced but is not required. This ensemble meets three days a week before school and is scheduled semesters 1 & 2. The ensemble will perform in various school, conference, and Minnesota State High School League functions during the year. Do not register for this course at this time. Auditions will be held in September.
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Course # 5701 - Chamber Singers A (before school)(10-12)
Course # 5702 - Chamber Singers B (before school)(10-12)

Prerequisite: Students are encouraged to also register for a full year of Cantorei to participate in Chamber Singers. Audition Required. Chamber Singer members are those students who have exhibited advanced music skills including superior intonation and independent musicianship. Repertoire will include pieces written for small choral ensembles and will range from sixteenth century madrigals to vocal jazz and a cappella pop arrangements. Traditionally, student musicians in this elite choir are members of Cantorei and are selected by an audition process. Performing advanced choral literature of the finest quality, Chamber Singer students participate in various school, conference, and Minnesota State High School League functions during the year. Student musicians in Chamber Singers are expected to be actively involved in ensemble activities throughout the school year, including several performances in the community. Students should register for both Chamber Singers A and B. This ensemble meets three days a week before school and is scheduled semesters 1 & 2. Do not register for this course at this time. Auditions will be held in September.
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Course # 5711 - Treble Choir A (1st Semester) (10-12)
Course # 5712 - Treble Choir B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval Required. (All interested choir students use course numbers 5750 and 5751 for registration; Orchestra & Choir doublers use course numbers 5903 and 5904; Band & Choir doublers use course numbers 5905 and 5906.)
Membership in Treble Choir is open to all choir students in grades 10 through 12. Treble Choir students will develop basic performance technique (tone production, music reading, mechanics or performance), learn introductory music theory, create music, and perform a wide variety of concert literature. In addition to concert performances during the year, the Treble Choir will participate in Minnesota State High School League festivals and solo/ensemble contests. Treble Choir students also participate in various school functions throughout the year. Students should register for both Treble Choir A and B. Treble Choir will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5721 - Concert Choir A (1st Semester) (10-12)
Course # 5722 - Concert Choir B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

(All interested choir students use course numbers 5750 and 5751 for registration; Orchestra & Choir doublers use course numbers 5903 and 5904; Band & Choir doublers use course numbers 5905 and 5906.)
Membership in Concert Choir is open to all choir students in grades 10 through 12. Concert Choir students will develop basic performance technique (tone production, music reading, mechanics or performance), learn introductory music theory, create music, and perform a wide variety of concert literature. In addition to concert performances during the year, the Concert Choir will participate in Minnesota State High School League festivals and solo/ensemble contests. Concert Choir students also participate in various school functions throughout the year. Students should register for both Concert Choir A and B. Concert Choir will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5731 - Cantorei Choir A (1st Semester) (10-12)
Course # 5732 - Cantorei Choir B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

Prerequisite: Audition Required. (All interested choir students use course numbers 5750 and 5751 for registration; Orchestra & Choir doublers use course numbers 5903 and 5904; Band & Choir doublers use course numbers 5905 and 5906.)
Membership in Cantorei Choir is open to all choir students in grades 10 through 12. Traditionally, Cantorei Choir members are those students who have exhibited the music skills necessary to perform more advanced music literature. Student musicians in this choir are selected by audition. Performing choir literature of the finest quality, Cantorei Choir students participate in various school, conference, and Minnesota State High School League functions during the year. Student musicians in Cantorei Choir are expected to be actively involved in ensemble activities throughout the school year. Students should register for both Cantorei Choir A and B. Cantorei Choir will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5801 - String Orchestra A (1st Semester) (10-12)
Course # 5802 - String Orchestra B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

(Orchestra only students use course numbers 5850 and 5851 for registration. Orchestra & Choir doublers use course numbers 5903 and 5904.)
Membership in String Orchestra is open to all orchestra students in grades 10 through 12. String Orchestra students will develop basic performance technique (tone production, music reading, mechanics or performance), learn introductory music theory, create music, and perform a wide variety of concert literature. In addition to concert performances during the year, the String Orchestra will participate in Minnesota State High School League festivals and solo/ensemble contests. String Orchestra students also participate in various school functions throughout the year. Students should register for both String Orchestra A and B. String Orchestra will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5811 - Sinfonia Orchestra A (1st Semester) (10-12)
Course # 5812 - Sinfonia Orchestra B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

Prerequisite: Audition Required. (Orchestra only students use course numbers 5850 and 5851 for registration; Orchestra & Choir doublers use course numbers 5903 and 5904.)
Membership in Sinfonia Orchestra is open to all orchestra students in grades 10 through 12. Traditionally, Sinfonia Orchestra members are those students who have exhibited the music skills necessary to perform more advanced music literature. Student musicians in this orchestra are selected by audition. Performing orchestra literature of the finest quality, Sinfonia Orchestra students participate in various school, conference, and Minnesota State High School League functions during the year. Student musicians in Sinfonia Orchestra are expected to be actively involved in ensemble activities throughout the school year. Students should register for both Sinfonia Orchestra A and B. Sinfonia Orchestra will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5500 - Cantorei Choir/Sinfonia Orchestra A (1st Semester) (10-12)
Course # 5501 - Cantorei Choir/Sinfonia Orchestra B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

Prerequisite: Audition Required. (All students students interested in doubling in orchestra and choir should use course numbers 5903 and 5904 for registration.)
Membership in Cantorei Choir and Sinfonia Orchestra is open to all orchestra students in grades 10 through 12 who would also like to sing in choir. Students who double in two ensembles alternate rehearsal days and are expected to learn all of the repertoire for both ensembles. Traditionally, Cantorei/Sinfonia members are those students who have exhibited the music skills necessary to perform more advanced music literature. Student musicians in this ensemble are selected by audition. Performing choral and orchestral literature of the finest quality, Cantorei/Sinfonia students participate in various school, conference, and Minnesota State High School League functions during the year. Student musicians in Cantorei/Sinfonia are expected to be actively involved in ensemble activities throughout the school year. Students should register for both Cantorei/Sinfonia A and B. Cantorei/Sinfonia will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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full ensemble

Course # 5502 - Cantorei Choir/Symphonic Winds A (1st Semester) (10-12)
Course # 5503 - Cantorei Choir/Symphonic Winds B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

Prerequisite: Audition Required. (All students students interested in doubling in band and choir should use course numbers 5905 and 5906 for registration.)
Membership in Cantorei Choir and Symphonic Winds is open to all band students in grades 10 through 12 who would also like to sing in choir. Students who double in two ensembles alternate rehearsal days and are expected to learn all of the repertoire for both ensembles. Traditionally, Cantorei/Symphonic members are those students who have exhibited the music skills necessary to perform more advanced music literature. Student musicians in this ensemble are selected by audition. Performing choral and wind band literature of the finest quality, Cantorei/Symphonic students participate in various school, conference, and Minnesota State High School League functions during the year. Student musicians in Cantorei/Symphonic are expected to be actively involved in ensemble activities throughout the school year. Students should register for both Cantorei/Symphonic A and B. Cantorei/Symphonic will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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Course # 5504 – Concert Band/Concert Choir A (1st Semester) (10-12)
Course # 5506 – Concert Band/Concert Choir B (2nd Semester) (10-12)

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval Required. (All students students interested in doubling in band and choir should use course numbers 5905 and 5906 for registration.)
Membership in Concert Band and Concert Choir is open to all band students in grades 10 through 12 who would also like to sing in choir. Concert Band/Choir students will develop basic performance technique (tone production, music reading, mechanics or performance), learn introductory music theory, create music, and perform a wide variety of concert literature. In addition to concert performances during the year, the Concert Band/Choir will participate in Minnesota State High School League festivals and solo/ensemble contests. Concert Band/Choir students also participate in various school functions throughout the year. Students should register for both Concert Band/Choir A and B. Concert Band/Choir will be scheduled semester 1 and 2.
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guitar petting zoo Course # 5955 - Guitar I (10-12)

Classical Guitars are supplied by the school.
Whether a total newbie or have some previous experience with the guitar, this course will offer students the first semester of a two part sequence in guitar. Students will participate in daily group and individual instruction as they learn how to play and read music on the guitar. Lessons will teach chords, strumming patterns, notes and music theory.
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Course # 5956 - Guitar II (10-12)
Prerequisite: Teacher permission or successful completion of Guitar I. Classical Guitars are supplied by the school.
In Guitar II, students will build on skills that were introduced and developed in Guitar I.
Continuing instruction will be given to building right and left hand independence through more advanced techniques including upper position playing, barre chords, finger-picking and classical technique. A variety of musical styles will be covered. Concepts in music theory's relationship to guitar performance will be covered and some ensemble performance material will also be taught. Classroom practices will include both individual and group instruction. Note: Only in extremely rare circumstances will a student be granted instructor permission to sign up for this course without first taking Guitar I.
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