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Lower Merion School District

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Music

All students have the opportunity to continue to develop their music skills in an array of music courses designed for students at all levels of talent and ability. All Instrumental and Vocal music courses are major subjects for which students receive a full credit. By individual arrangement, music students at all levels may arrange individual and/or small group practice periods during their frees or study halls. Please see your music teacher and counselor to schedule individually.

Concert Choir H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students obtain the signature of the high school instructor.
  • Course Number: 07010203

This is an advanced course designed for the student who wishes to further develop vocal and music skills and to deepen understanding through the study and performance of choral music of various historical periods and genres. Through class rehearsals and performances, students will acquire technical proficiency in vocal technique; tonal and rhythm skills; elements of basic musicianship; and understanding of how all of these relate to style. Students must attend all dress rehearsals and all public performances of the group. Concert choir students may audition for PMEA District 11. Independent Study is not possible for a group performance class.

Concert Band H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students obtain the signature of the high school instructor.
  • Course Number: 07020203

This course is a performance course for students who play woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Students will study and perform various genres of band repertoire by many different composers. Daily class rehearsals and culminating performances will allow students to continue the development of technique and ability on their respective instrument; tonal and rhythm skills; elements of basic musicianship; and an understanding of how all of these relate to style. Students are expected to attend all dress rehearsals and all public concert performances, including school functions and community events. The course is open to all students who want to pursue a collaborative high school band experience. Students are evaluated based on the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District 11 Band/Orchestra audition material. Independent Study is not possible for a group performance class.

Symphony Orchestra H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students obtain the signature of the high school instructor. An audition is required.
  • Course Number: 07030203

In this class, students will study and perform orchestral repertoire of various historical periods and genres. Daily class rehearsals will allow students to continue the development of technique and ability on their respective instrument; tonal and rhythm skills; elements of basic musicianship; and an understanding of how all of these relate to style. This course is open to students who want to pursue a collaborative high school orchestra experience. Students are expected to attend all dress rehearsals and all public concert performances and perform for selected school functions and local community events. Students are evaluated based on the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District 11 Band/Orchestra audition material. Independent Study is not possible for a group performance class. Harriton only: this course is for string players only.

Music and Modern Culture

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 07040100

This is a one semester elective dealing with musical trends from Ragtime to Rap and their impact on the development of modern American culture. The course will study the main ideas that form the movements and the major musicians who have contributed to our current aesthetics. The course will also look at the influence musicians have had on other musicians. No musical training is necessary for this course.

Electronic Piano Lab

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 07070200

While this course is designed for beginning students with limited or no musical background, intermediate pianists may also take this course to further their piano technique. Treble and bass clef note reading, chord realization and proper hand positions will be covered and individually monitored. Full-sized electronic keyboards (with headsets) and computer stations are provided for each student. This course is a perfect prerequisite to either Music Major or Music Technology and Production.

Music Technology and Production

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 07070100

Using a new state of the art music lab, this course involves technologies for creating music on computers, including Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), sequencing, scoring, looping and sampling. This project-based class may include composing and/or arranging music, printing music and basic on-site digital recording. Full-sized electronic keyboards and computer stations are provided for each student. This course provides “real world” experiences in the modern music industry. It is recommended that students have a basic knowledge of the piano keyboard or take the Electronic Piano Lab prior to enrollment.

Music Major H

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students have the basic knowledge of elementary music principles through at least one year of high school instrumental or vocal training. Signature of the instructor is required.
  • Course Number: 07050113

This course is designed for the student who wishes to engage in an intensive study of the fundamentals of music. It is especially recommended for students who plan to pursue music, either vocationally or recreationally. The course includes theory, ear-training, sight-singing, composition, analysis, and historical perspective. Access to a keyboard instrument or willingness to schedule personal time on school pianos is required.

AP Music Theory

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students obtain the signature of the instructor
  • Course Number: 07050204

This course offers the serious student an opportunity to study music in a course that is accepted by many colleges for credit. The course content follows the syllabus for the College Board Advanced Placement Program. Students will be expected to develop advanced skills in aural theory, sight singing, composition and analysis. These areas are developed through listening, performance, writing, as well as creative and analytical exercises.

IB Music-SL (offered at Harriton High School only)

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Course Number: 07060105

The Standard Level IB Music Course is a one-year course designed for students with a strong interest in music. Students are taught to develop perceptive listening skills and an understanding of musical elements, forms and stylistic periods. Discussions of composers’ lives, individual styles and representative works are formulated to stimulate curiosity and enthusiasm. The course is designed to increase students’ love of music through listening, performing and creating. Course topics include music in western society, international music, basic musical literacy and music theory. Some background of literacy on one’s personal instrument or voice is necessary for this course. A commitment to creating and performing music will result in producing live recordings or original compositions, and a musical investigation based on Standard Level IB requirements. All students should be able to demonstrate some basic musical proficiency. All students are required to complete all International Baccalaureate assessments. This course is also available to non-IB students.

IB Music-HL (Part 1) (offered at Harriton High School only)

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  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 11
  • Course Number: 07060205

This course is the first year of the two-year Higher Level IB music course. Students are taught to develop perceptive listening skills and an understanding of musical elements, forms and stylistic periods. Discussions of composers’ lives, individual styles and representative works are formulated to stimulate curiosity and enthusiasm. The course is designed to increase the students’ love of music through listening, performing and creating. Course topics include music in western society, international music, basic musical literacy, and music theory. A commitment to creating and performing music and some background of literacy on one’s personal instrument or voice is necessary for this course. All students should be able to demonstrate some basic musical proficiency. This course is also available to non-IB students.

IB Music-HL (Part 2) (offered at Harriton High School only)

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  • Length/Credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade: 12
  • Prerequisite: IB Music HL (Part 1)
  • Course Number: 07060305

This course is the continuation of IB Music-HL (Part 1), fostering a greater awareness and understanding of both the power and variety of musical experiences. The focus continues to promote deeper musical literacy through performance and academic studies in order to give students the tools to be life-long learners in the musical arts. A commitment to creating and performing music will result in producing live recordings, original compositions and a musical investigation based on Higher Level IB Standards. All students are required to complete all International Baccalaureate assessments. This course is also available to non-IB students.