Music Department 

Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest 

​​​Updated on August 8, 2017


Contact: Lauren Delesky- Instrumental Director

                           Anna D'Achille- Vocal Director

                                                           

                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

MUSIC 

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Overview of Music Program: 

The Music Program provides opportunities for students to enjoy diverse musical experiences throughout their lives. This is accomplished through participation in high quality school musical experiences and performances. The goal of the program is for students to become independent and literate musicians, attain the tools to develop their own musicianship, develop an understanding of the skills to work cooperatively in diverse ensembles and develop the ability to critique their own performances and the performances of others.



​​CONCERT CHORUS 1:1

This course is primarily designed to teach freshman students the fundamental techniques of vocal performance. Chorus will participate in 3-5 school concerts per year as well as certain designated special events. Members of the Chorus are eligible to audition for places in the County, Region, and All-State Chorus.



​CHOIR 1, 2, 3: 1

The choir is an ensemble with members from the sophomore, junior and senior classes and is designed to instruct the students in advanced methods of choral singing. He or she will learn the technical elements of vocal production and will be introduced to all types of choral literature. Music by recognized masters and contemporary composers, as well as art songs, folk songs, and spirituals will be studied. The Choir will participate in 3-5 school concerts per year as well as certain designated special events such as assemblies, community performances and festival events. Members of the Chorus are eligible to audition for places in the County, Region, and All-State Chorus as well as the select choral ensembles.



BEGINNING BAND: 1

This class is open to any 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student who wishes to begin study on one of the instruments of the band or orchestra. Class size is kept small enough to allow group and individual instruction. Students are given instruction in the fundamentals of music, techniques of practice, ensemble training, as well as instruction for performance on the instrument of their choice.



CONCERT BAND: 1

Ninth graders who play a wind or percussion instrument are eligible to take this instrumental music class which studies standard, modern and popular band literature. Fundamentals of basic musicianship, good tone production, instrument care, practice habits, and technique are stressed during rehearsals and performances. Those students who enroll in this course perform in 3-5 school concerts per year as well as certain designated special events such as assemblies, community performances and festival events. Eligible members of this group are selected to audition for the North Jersey Region Junior High School Band, Region High School Band, County Band, and All-State Band. This course prepares students for further participation in Wind Symphony classes



​WIND SYMPHONY 1, 2, 3: 1

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have taken Concert Band or its equivalent are eligible to join this group which studies, on a more advanced level, concert repertoire including standard, modern, and popular band literature. Good instrumental performance practice both individually and as a group, is the emphasis of the curriculum in this class. Those students who enroll in this course perform in 3-5 school concerts per year as well as certain designated special events such as assemblies, community performances and festival events. Participation in Marching Band is part of the curriculum of this course. Students in this class are eligible to audition for places in the County, Region, and All-State Bands as well as the select instrumental ensembles.



CONCERT STRINGS: 1

All students who play orchestra string instruments are eligible to enroll in this class. Both string and full orchestra music will be studied. Fundamentals of bowing, intonation, tone quality, and musicianship will be stressed. Those students who enroll in this course perform in 3-5 school concerts per year as well as certain designated special events such as assemblies, community performances and festival events. Students in this class are eligible to audition for places in the Region and All-State Orchestras and they are encouraged to participate in smaller string ensembles.



​STRING ORCHESTRA 1, 2, 3: 1

All students who play orchestra string instruments are eligible to enroll in this class. Both string and full orchestra music will be studied. Fundamentals of bowing, intonation, tone quality, and musicianship will be stressed. Those students who enroll in this course perform in 3-5 school concerts per year as well as certain designated special events such as assemblies, community performances and festival events. Students in this class are eligible to audition for places in the Region and All-State Orchestras and they are encouraged to participate in smaller string ensembles.



​CHOIR 2 H, 3 H 1

STRING ORCHESTRA 2 H, 3 H 1

WIND SYMPHONY 2 H, 3 H 1

Prerequisite: Grade of A- or better in previous year music course Grade 11 & 12

The honors level music courses are available to seniors who are registering for their third consecutive year of band, choir, or orchestra. Qualifying students must have attained a minimum final year grade of A- for their previous year music performance course. Students in these courses are required to complete all course requirements of the standard third year upper class course. In addition, the student will:

• perform two approved solos; one in a public recital, one in a private faculty jury.

• attend an approved community or professional level concert and submit a 3-5 page written review.

• write program notes for each concert presented by their ensemble.

• write a 5-10 page research paper on an approved music topic.



​MUSIC THEORY & TECHNOLOGY: 1

This course is designed for the serious music student, in Grades 11 or 12, who wants to delve deeply into the elements of music: pitch, rhythm, harmony, texture, and form - and how to compose and arrange these elements into original music using the digital audio workstations (DAW) located in our music department. This course is recommended for students who can play an instrument or read music.


EXPLORING MUSIC: 1

This is a non-performing music class for students in grades 9-12. This course is designed to be a music course that teaches students about the “ingredients” of music such as melody, harmony, rhythm and form. Students will explore the basics of music through learning to play guitar, ukulele, piano/keyboard, and drumming; through listening to and examining popular music; and by creating music with computers at a digital audio workstation (DAW) in the music department.



​GUITAR 1:1

This course is for any student in Grades 9 - 12 who wants to play guitar; learn basic music theory and reading skills through playing chords, melodies and improvising with a guitar.

 GUITAR 2:1


Prerequisite: Guitar 1 or previous guitar playing experience
This course is for any student in Grades 10- 12 who wants to play guitar; learn basic music theory and reading skills through playing chords,melodies and improvising with a guitar.


​AP MUSIC THEORY: 1


Grades 11-12
The AP Music Theory course corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills including dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are considered an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is also part of the learning process. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music. Notational skills, speed, and fluency with basic materials are emphasized. While there is no prerequisite, it is suggested taking Music Theory and Technology or pass the Music Department Music Theory exam.





 







 






 





 








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