Music

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT: All students are required to pass a minimum of one credit of Fine Art to graduate.

  • one credit of Fine Art (Art, Music, Drama)

Course Descriptions

Band

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1.0 Fine Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: A minimum of one year of prior band instruction or instructor approval

Course Description: Band is open to all students who play an appropriate wind or percussion instrument. While previous instruction is acceptable, it may not be necessary. The course of study for band includes concert, pep, and marching band. Because band is a performing group (programs, adjudicated festivals, football and basketball pep band, community and special events), students enrolled are required to participate in all group performances. Participation in required performances is a portion of the student's grade. Other groups within the band include drum line (meets outside of regular class) and solo/ensembles.

Orchestra

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1.0 Fine Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: Instructor approval/audition

Course Description: The orchestra is open to students who can play an appropriate stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Proficiency should be at least at an intermediate level. The course of study will include varied types and styles of music, ranging from the Baroque masters through contemporary pop music. Both string orchestra and full orchestra repertoire will be studied. Students enrolled are required to participate in all group performances, with a portion of their grade being based on performance participation.

Chamber Orchestra

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 1.0 Fine Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: Instructor approval/Audition

Course Description: The chamber orchestra is an audition only group for students who can play an appropriate stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, and string bass). Proficiency should be at an advanced level. The course of study will include varied types and styles of music, ranging from the Baroque masters through contemporary pop music. Both string orchestra and full orchestra repertoire will be studied. Students enrolled are required to participate in all group performances, with a portion of their grade being based on performance participation. Performances include regularly scheduled school performances, as well as addition special performances.

Chorale

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1.0 Fine Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Chorale is open to students who are interested in singing in a choir consisting of sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. The course curriculum includes developing vocal skills, reading and notating music, singing a varied repertoire of music, and understanding music in relation to history and culture. Students will perform at concerts and special events. Performances are required. Eleventh and twelfth grade choir members may audition for All-District Choir and All-State Women's Treble Choir. Ninth and tenth grade members will be selected to participate in the All-Suburban Honor Choir. Any senior choral members of four years can take choir for a weighted honors credit.

Treble Choir

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1.0 Fine Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Treble Choir is open to students who are interested in singing in a women's ensemble consisting of sopranos, mezzo sopranos, and altos. The course curriculum includes developing vocal skills, reading and notating music, singing a varied repertoire of music, and understanding music in relation to history and culture. Students will perform at concerts and special events. Performances are required. Eleventh and twelfth grade choir members may audition for All-District Choir and All-State Women's Treble Choir. Ninth and tenth grade members will be selected to participate in the All-Suburban Honor Choir. Any senior choral members of four years can take choir for a weighted honors credit.

Survey of Music

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 Fine Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Survey of Music provides an opportunity for students to study numerous aspects of music. The areas of study include: basic fundamentals of music notation and reading, composers and their music, various facets of the music business and music careers, and basic instruction on guitar and keyboard. Survey of Music is a non-public performance course with grades based on written and playing test scores and class participation.

Intro to Music Theory

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 Fine Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: Must be a Band, Choir, or Orchestra student, or must demonstrate a working knowledge of music reading.

Course Description: Through the use of computer software, textbooks, and practical application, Introduction to Music Theory will allow students to study the fundamental structure of musical composition. These fundamental structures include, but are not limited to, traditional chord structure, modern compositional techniques, melodic development, score analysis, and transposition. This course is open to all Band, Choir, and Orchestra students. If a student is not enrolled in one of these courses they must demonstrate a working knowledge of music reading.

Honors Band/Orchestra/Choir Requirements

The following criteria must be met by students of band, orchestra, and choir in order to receive honors credit:

  1. Must be a senior and a member of their respective ensemble for four years.
  2. Must attend all required performances and special rehearsals for their respective ensemble.
  3. Must complete the audition process for district honors ensembles (Fall Semester).
  4. Must participate in St. Louis Suburban District Solo ensemble Festival and receive at least a "B" or "II" rating (Spring Semester)
  5. Must participate in a minimum of one extra performing group comprised of members from full ensemble, if applicable (i.e. Pep Band, Pit Orchestra, Drum Line, special occasion performances, musical chorus/leading role, & other at discretion of the director.)
  6. Must display the attitude, conduct, and participation becoming of an Affton ensemble member.
  7. Must comply with all guidelines and policies established for their respective ensemble.