• Music
     
    All Music courses meet graduation requirements for Visual/Performing Arts.

     
    Orchestra
     
    For students who play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass) and read music. Special attention will be given to the development of technique, intonation, sight-reading and tone production. Literature of all periods is performed, including one concert with full orchestra (strings combined with band students who play wind, brass and percussion instruments.) Performance in festivals and concerts for the school and community are requirements for the course. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Common Core Standards.
     
    Concert Band 
     
    For students who play an instrument (wind or percussion) and read music. Special attention will be given to development of techniques, intonation, sight reading, tone production and playing experience as a member of a performing ensemble. Performances at concerts and festivals are requirements of this course. 
     
    Beginner Band 
     
    Designed for students who are interested in learning how to play a wind instrument. It includes learning playing technique, how to read music and all other basic concepts of performance. This course will also meet the fine arts requirement now mandated by the State of New Jersey for graduation of all incoming freshmen. Students may be required to rent or purchase an instrument. 
     
    Jazz Band 
     
    Designed for students who are interested in the performance and mastery of literature written for Jazz Band. Offered to advanced instrumental students. All students must audition for the class and will be recommended by the director for admission into this course. Emphasis is on advanced instrumental techniques, performance of jazz music for the ensemble, and preparation for regional and college auditions. Performances at concerts, competitions, and festivals are requirements of this course.
     
    Wind Ensemble 
     
    All students must audition for the class and will be recommended by the director for admission into the course. Emphasis is on advanced instrumental techniques, performance of wind ensemble literature, and preparation for regional band and college auditions. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Common Core Standards.
     
    Piano Lab 
     
    Designed for the student who has very little or no piano experience. In this course, the student will learn to read and write music; perform on the piano; compose and improvise music; and incorporate music history, music of different cultures, and music of modern society in the assigned pieces of music. 
     
    Chorus 
     
    All kinds of choral literature are studied and performed in this course. Emphasis is placed on the development of the voice, music interpretation, and reading music. Activities include school concerts and outside performances. 
     
    Girls Ensemble 
     
    Geared for the more musically talented student. May require an audition as a prerequisite. Emphasis is placed on the development of the voice, music interpretations, and reading music. Activities include school concerts and outside performances. 
     
    Concert Choir 
     
    Geared for the most musically talented student. May require an audition as a prerequisite. An ability to sing and hear at the highest level of accuracy and musicianship, as determined by the director, is expected. Frequent voice testing to secure understanding of, and ability to sing repertoire. SATB literature of all styles and periods will be performed. 
     
    Music Appreciation
     
    A survey of music from its origins to contemporary compositions. Requires much listening to music in class with subsequent discussion and analysis. Students will study the basic elements and history of music, different musical instruments and selections from a wide variety of musical styles. 
     
    Music Theory I 
     
    Provides elementary training in reading, writing, analyzing, and performing music. Prior experience in reading music suggested. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Common Core Standards.
     
    Advanced Placement Music Theory
     
    Advanced Placement Music Theory is for the accelerated music student pursuing a career in music. Basic musical skills and knowledge learned in Music Theory I, such as clefs, rhythms, and notation, will be refined and enhanced. While students will study written theoretical topics like counterpoint, diatonic and chromatic harmony, part writing and harmonic and melodic analysis, students will spend the majority of their time working on developing their ability to aurally identify intervals, chord qualities, and dictate melodies. Students will also study music history, focusing on Western classical music, and will learn some basic composition and orchestration skills. Students taking this class are eligible to take the Advanced Placement examination in Music Theory. Prerequisite Music Theory I (Final grade of A or B) *Offered as RCBC Cap Course.
     
    String Ensemble 
     
    Offered to more advanced string students. Instruments in the ensemble include violins, violas, cellos and basses. Emphasis is placed on the development of advanced technique, musical interpretation and music reading skills. Literature of all periods is performed, including one concert with full orchestra (strings combined with band students who play wind, brass and percussion instruments). Performance in festivals and concerts for the school and community are required and membership in the Lenape Regional Orchestra is highly recommended.
     
    Jazz Improvisation 
     
    Offered to instrumentalists with at least one year experience in the band program in the high school. All students must audition for the class and will be recommended by the director for admission into the course. This class explores the skills that it takes to improvise the jazz idiom. Students must be able to read written notation. Students will be required to learn some traditional theory and history of jazz and will perform in class, as well as community functions. This course is currently under revision. Upon Board approval the description of the course will be modified to align with the revised curriculum and current New Jersey Common Core Standards.
     
    Technology in Music I
     
    Provides an overview of, and hands-on experience with a number of commercially-available, music-related hardware and software products. Extensive class time is devoted to gaining a practical understanding of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and applying it effectively in the areas of composition, orchestration, recording, performance, and education. Other technology covered includes electronic keyboards, software synthesizers, digital audio, sound synthesis, CD-ROM, and multimedia. This course satisfies the fine and performing arts requirement or the technology requirement for graduation.
     
    *Technology in Music II
     
    An extension of Technology in Music I, taking an in depth look at subjects covered in that class, with emphasis placed on digital audio and Multi-Media elements. Students will work toward creating original audio/video portfolios. Prerequisite: Technology in Music I. *Offered as RCBC Cap Course.