Music & Performing Arts

... developing life-long participants in, and appreciators of, music

The Music Department at Berlin High School is committed to developing life-long participants in, and appreciators of, music. Music offers students an opportunity to develop both creative and critical skills, which enable them to relate their musical experiences with history and culture. Through a variety of course offerings such as choral performance, instrumental performance, music technology, keyboard skills, music theory and music history, students develop communication and problem solving skills in a collaborative atmosphere. Emphasis is placed on the mastery of performance fundamentals for both vocal and instrumental ensembles as well as the development of individuality through expression and the creative process.


 Department Curriculum


Course Offerings:

Beginning Band

 HS05101G Beginning Band
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

This course is open to any student who wishes to learn a wind instrument. No experience with music is necessary. Students will learn the fundamentals of playing a wind instrument and present a small concert at the end of the year. Assessments will consist of daily participation and individual playing exams.

Concert Band I

 HS05102G12 Concert Band I
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9
Prerequisite: Participation in middle school band or
audition.

Concert Band I is a full year course for freshmen entering the Berlin High School Band program. In this course, students will continue to develop technical and musical skills on their individual instrument. Through the use of appropriate exercises and literature, students will develop fundamental skills on their instrument related to proper tone production and technique, musical literacy, basic music theory and musicianship.  Through performance, students will gain valuable and memorable musical experiences. Students will be required to attend all football games, events and required rehearsals in the evening. A required, one week marching band camp will be held in August.  In addition, the concert band and its members will travel to regional and national festivals to perform and compete.

Concert Band II

 HS05102G22 Concert Band II
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Concert Band I or audition.

Concert Band II is a full year course for students in grades 10-12. The course will provide a large ensemble setting for students who wish to develop both their individual skills on a musical instrument and their skills as an ensemble member. Students will study varied musical literature to develop these skills. Students will be given many opportunities for performance throughout the school year.   Students will be required to attend all football games, events and required rehearsals in the evening. A required, one week marching band camp will be held in August. In addition, the concert band and its members will travel to regional and national festivals to perform and compete.

Chorale

 HS05110G13 Chorale
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10 or 11

This course is a year of training and transition for the first year chorister and is mandatory for students who want to continue singing in Grades 10-12 in mixed chorus. Through the use of aappropriate exercises and choral literature, emphasis will be on developing a foundation of healthy vocal production technique, instilling musicianship through performance and the study of basic theory and fostering a sense of community within the chorus through mutual respect and support.  Participation in chorus performances is arequirement of this course.

Concert Choir

 HS05110G23 Concert Choir
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This course is designed for the student interested in group vocal experiences through participation in the high school chorus. A variety of vocal experiences will be provided to develop the student’s ability and provide worthwhile choral participation.  Participation in chorus performances is a requirement of this course .

Bella Voces

 HS05110G33 Bella Voces
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor through audition.

This course is designed to improve the individual student’s quality of singing with emphasis on breathing, diction, musicianship, style and interpretation. In addition, advanced choral experiences will be provided and all students in this course will be members of the high school chorus.  Participation in chorus performances is a requirement of this course.

History of Rock and Roll

 HS05118G History of Rock and Roll
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

This course will give students a broad, comprehensive understanding of the genre of music known as Rock and Roll. Students will begin their study with the “field hollers” of the 1800s and conclude with recent developments and advances in rock and roll. Special focus will be placed on significant artists and developments of the genre.  Grading will consist of daily participation, written exams, and journal writing.

Music Survey

 HS05116G Music Survey
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Music Survey will provide students a broad overview of the eras in music; the music of those eras; and the significant artists/composers of the age. Grading will include daily participation, tests, and group projects.

Music Technology I

 HS10249G12 Music Technology I
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This course is designed to introduce students to the world of digital audio and MIDI computer recording.  By using the tools of digital recording, students will create their own musical compositions and arrangements for use in a variety of applications.  The course will explore the electronic keyboard, MIDI and audio recording, music theory, notation, arranging, composition, music production and performance.

Music Technology II

 HS10249G22 Music Technology II
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Music Technology I

This course is a continuation Music Technology I and will build on previous experience with the fundamentals of music technology and sound engineering to integrate their knowledge of traditional musical elements with past and current technologies used to capture, create, mix and present music. Students will explore the creative and aesthetic implications of music technology and sound engineering through class projects.

Class Piano I

 HS05107G14 Class Piano I
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

Class Piano I is open to all students, regardless of musical knowledge or experience. This class will cover with the fundamentals of reading music and playing piano. Students set their own pace for learning. Grading will be based on daily participation, playing tests, and a comprehensive final performance exam.

Class Piano II

 HS05107G24 Class Piano II
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Class Piano I or Audition for Instructor.

This course continues the lessons that were started in the Piano I method book and will focus on the continuing development of fundamental playing skills and musical knowledge. Grading will be based on daily participation, playing tests, and a comprehensive final performance exam.

Class Piano III

 HS05107G34 Class Piano III
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Class Piano II or Audition for Instructor.

Piano III is designed for the intermediate to advanced pianist. Coursework will include exercises in the intermediate method book or music currently being studied in private instruction.  Grading will be based on daily participation, playing tests, and a comprehensive final performance exam.

Class Piano IV

 HS05107G44 Class Piano IV
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Piano III or Audition for Instructor.

Piano IV is intended for the advanced pianist who wishes to further develop their skills in reading and performing. Emphasis will be placed on scales and arpeggios, work in the advanced method book, and performance of standard solo literature. Grading will be based on daily participation, playing tests, and a comprehensive final performance exam.

Music Theory I

 HS05113G12 Music Theory I
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 11 or 12

Music Theory I is intended for those students interested in a deeper understanding of the inner workings of music and composition. The course will explore the fundamentals of harmony, intervals, rhythm, music analysis, and basic composition.  Grading will include daily participation, written tests, homework, and a comprehensive, final exam.

Music Theory II

 HS05113G22 Music Theory II
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Music Theory I

Music Theory II will continue where Music Theory I finishes. By the end of this course, students will be able to compose and analyze music in 4-part harmony, complex rhythms and meter signatures, and transcribe music from any instrument to any other instrument. Grading will include daily participation, written tests, homework, and a comprehensive, final exam.

**AP Music Theory

 HS05114H **AP Music Theory
Full Year 1.0 credit
Grades 11 or 12
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Class Piano I and Music Theory I
and II, or one year of Band or Chorus

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a first-year music theory college course as specified by the College Board. AP Music Theory develops students’ understanding of musical structure and compositional procedures. Usually intended for students who already possess performance-level skills, AP Music Theory courses extend and build upon students’ knowledge of intervals, scales, chords, metric/rhythmic patterns, and the ways they interact in a composition. Musical notation, analysis, composition, and aural skills are important components of the course.

Percussion Ensemble

 HS05106G Percussion Ensemble
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Students must purchase some
equipment for this course

No music experience is necessary to take Percussion Ensemble. Students will learn the basics of music reading and percussion performance and will receive instruction on mallet percussion, Latin percussion, battery percussion, and various auxiliary percussion instruments. Grading will be based on daily participation, playing tests, and a group performance exam.

Technical Theater

Technical Theater HS05056G

 1/2 Year .50 credit

Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

This course is an exploration of the duties of stage

technicians and their contribution to the total aesthetic

effect of a dramatic production. Topics covered will

include design research and principles; scene shop

organization; painting and construction techniques;

equipment use and maintenance; principles and

application of sound, lighting, and computer

technology; the use of special effects; costume and

makeup considerations and selection; publicity and

business management; theatre safety; and the function

of technical stage personnel in production work.

Technical theatre will incorporate academic study and

hands-on application of knowledge and skills.

   


Tyler Boyle
Choral Director

Jeffrey Sirois
Band Director

K-12 MUSIC COORDINATOR

Christina Reilly-Fazzina | profile  
 860-828-6336 
 creilly-fazzina@berlinschools.org


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