Music Performance and Theory

The Music Department at Monroe‑Woodbury High School offers a comprehensive program which allows students to perform in a wide variety of instrumental and vocal performance ensembles. Courses in music theory are also offered.

Students are reminded that one credit is required in the Performing and/or Visual Arts to meet graduation requirements.

Concert Chorus              1/2 Credit
This course is designed to allow students to participate in a formal choir.  The course meets on alternate days for the full-year.  Objectives of the course include: development of the human voice and accompanying skills, development of self-expression, ability to read and perform a musical score, and exposure to a variety of vocal literature.
PREREQUISITE:   Chairperson approval.   Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Crusader Pep Band       1/4 Credit
The Crusader Pep Band performs at all football games and approved community activities and parades.  The Pep Band is a highly visible performing group and offers the opportunity for student leadership positions. The Crusader Pep Band is open to all instrumental music students who are enrolled in the instrumental music program.  This band meets after school.

Wind Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra             1 Credit
These performing groups are very selective. Admission is based upon audition, teacher recommendation, instrumentation needs, performance evaluations and student readiness. Performances include at least four school concerts and adjudication festivals. Ensemble students may also participate in Pep Band or Jazz Ensemble. Both groups meet every day during the same period to allow for crossover ensemble participation. Students also partake in a required small group weekly lesson. Enrollment by audition only.

Concert Band/Concert Orchestra                      1/2 Credit
Admission to the Concert Ensembles is by audition. Students are expected to be able to play music at NYSSMA levels III and IV. All groups will meet on alternate days for the full-year. Band students may also participate in Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble. Students will perform at least twice yearly. All students are encouraged to participate in local and state solo and ensemble festivals. Students also partake in a required weekly small group lesson.

Freshman Chorus                        1/2 Credit
All freshmen vocal students will participate in Freshman Chorus. The course meets on alternate days for the full-year. Objectives of the course include: development of the human voice and accompanying skills, development of self-expression, ability to read and perform a musical score and variety of vocal literature. PREREQUISITES: Auditions, previous vocal music experience.

Jazz Ensemble                               1/2 Credit
The Jazz Ensemble is an advanced performing group consisting of the following instrumentation: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, and percussion. With an emphasis on improvisation, the group performs swing, rock, jazz, etc. dating from 1920’s to the present. Members must be highly skilled at music reading and be capable of performing music at NYSSMA levels V‑VI. Rehearsals are scheduled according to available after school and non‑school time of the participants. The Jazz Ensemble performs in at least two school concerts as well as festivals and performances outside of school.
PREREQUISITE: Audition; students must be enrolled in one of the school ensembles. This group meets after school.

Symphonic Band/Symphonic Orchestra                   1/2 Credit
The Symphonic Band performs at least twice yearly. Students are expected to be able to play music at NYSSMA levels IV and V.  The course meets on alternate days for the full-year and includes weekly small‑group lessons and rehearsals.  Students in this group may also serve in the Pep Band and Jazz Ensemble.  Students are encouraged to participate in state and county solo and ensemble festivals.  PREREQUISITE:  Chairperson approval for students with appropriate skills.  Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Theory I                                                                                 1/2 Credit
The purpose of the course is to give the students a theoretical understanding of all the elements of music. This course offers students the chance to develop the skills needed to enhance their creative and aesthetic potential and provides them with an understanding and use of the musical language. These attributes will assist the student in pursuing personal goals as a performer, a creator or consumer of the musical arts. This course is REQUIRED for any student pursuing a five-credit music sequence and meets on alternate days for the full year.

Voice Ensemble                                   1 Credit
This is a select choir whose members are chosen by individual audition. The group performs more challenging music, both of the traditional masters as well as contemporary composers. The audition includes a range test, sight‑reading material, and a general evaluation of vocal quality. This course may be offered on alternate days for the full year to students with extenuating scheduling conflicts.   Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
PREREQUISITE: Enrollment by audition only.

Music Production                               1/2 Credit
The purpose of the course is to give the students an understanding of all the elements of music production. This course will explore the online and computer based programs involved in producing music videos, concerts, and movies. Students will be responsible for producing the evening concerts, including program development, stage management, and lighting design. These attributes will assist the student in pursuing personal goals as a performer, a creator or consumer of the musical arts. This course is open to all students and will count towards any student pursuing a five-credit music sequence and meets on alternate days for the full year.

Alternative Music                                 1/2 Credit

The purpose of the course is to provide an appropriate musical performance opportunity for students who are unable to participate in other performance ensembles. Students will explore world instruments, the singing voice, and performing alone and with peers. Students interested in pursuing music therapy or special education degree are encouraged to enroll in this class. There will be one after school performance opportunity per year.