Course Offerings

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JAZZ BAND

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Year
First Semester Taken: Jazz Band A (9811)
Subsequent Semesters: Jazz Band B (9812)

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – Admission is by audition only

Course Description – (Jazz) Band is designed for students who have taken private lessons for at least one year or participated in their middle school Band program. Students continue their studies on wind, brass and percussion instruments with warm-up exercises to improve tone, balance, blend, articulation, rhythm and note reading. The Band performs repertoire from the Classical, Romantic and Jazz eras at the Winter and Spring Concerts. Students are enrolled in Jazz Band A & B (2 semesters) to satisfy the University of California Fine Arts requirement. Jazz Band will either meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons or two days during 0-period and one afternoon only.

ORCHESTRA (Intermediate)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester (offered during regular school day pending adequate enrollment)
First Semester Taken: Orchestra A (9801)
Subsequent Semesters: Orchestra B (9802)

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graducation requirement
Prerequisite – Participation in middle school orchestra program, or private lessons for at least one year
Criteria for Enrollment – None

Course Description - Intermediate orchestra is the entry-level course for students who participated in their middle school orchestra or band program. Students continue their studies on string, wind, brass and percussion instruments with intermediate exercises in tone production, rhythm, intonation, breathing, and musicianship. The Intermediate Orchestra performs repertoire from MENC grades 2-4, and will combine with the 8th period Orchestra for several pieces at the Fall and Spring Instrumental Music Concerts. The Intermediate Orchestra performs works from the baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century repertoires, and will perform at the CMEA festival in the spring.

NOTE: This class is offered during the regular school day only, so to take orchestra freshmen year, 9th grade students must create a free period in their schedule by taking 0-period biology.

ORCHESTRA (Advanced – 8th period)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Semester, offered 8th period ONLY
First Semester Taken: Orchestra A (9801)
Subsequent Semesters: Orchestra B (9802)

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graducation requirement
Prerequisite – Participation in middle school orchestra program, or private lessons for at least one year
Criteria for Enrollment – None

Course Description – This is the advanced orchestra for which an audition is required to participate. Auditions are held at the beginning of Fall Semester, and again in December for the following Spring Semester. Students develop technical mastery in all aspects of ensemble playing, including tone production, intonation, rhythmic execution, and musicianship. The Advanced Orchestra performs works from the baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire from MENC grades 4-5, and will perform at the CMEA festival in the spring. It is possible that in the Spring, 8th period orchestra may become the Spring Musical Orchestra, rehearsing several evenings per week instead of the regular Monday-Wednesday afternoon practices. Students receive their Fine Arts credit for taking this course.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (Advanced – 8th period)

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12
Length – One Year
First Semester Taken: Orchestra A (6521)
Second Semester Taken: Orchestra B (6522)
Subsequent Semesters: Orchestra C (9803)

Type of Course – Elective satisfying one semester of Fine Arts graduation requirement
Prerequisite – Must be an advanced string player enrolled in Orchestra A or B
Criteria for Enrollment – Admission is made by audition. Enrollment is via roster submitted by instructor. Students should not list this course on their Schedule Request Forms.
Time Commitment – Meets 2 afternoons per week for 1.5 hours each.

UC/CSU Subject F Approval

Course Description — Chamber Orchestra is the advanced string orchestra comprised of the top players from the Symphonic Orchestra. Admission is by invitation/audition only. Chamber Orchestra meets two afternoons per week (in addition to the regular Symphonic rehearsal); year-long enrollment is preferred. In addition to the regular performances and spring tour of the Symphonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra members also perform at CMEA Large Ensemble Festirval in the spring, and members are encouraged to participate in the Chamber Music Program from Dec-March, which concludes with smaller ensemble performances (quartets, trios, etc.) at the CMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival.

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St. Ignatius College Preparatory

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