Lackawanna Trail Junior-Senior High School
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Music Department 2009-2010
The Music Department consists of a wide variety of both required courses for seventh and eighth grade students as well as courses for grades 9-12. These courses are listed below, along with their course descriptions.
Students wishing to take courses beyond those which are required should consult with the music teachers and/or their guidance counselor to determine their eligibility for these courses. Most courses are taken in sequence so that students do not find themselves in academic difficulty as a result of taking a course that is too advanced.
Junior High Courses
Eighth Grade Music - 1/4 Credit - Music 8 is covered in two segments. The first segment is an intermediate music theory course. Major scales, key signatures, and intervallic relationships will be presented. This is a continuation of the theory unit covered in General Music. The history of rock will be investigated as time allows in the second segment. The many styles of rock, their composition, and characteristics will be discussed. Listening to many artists and examples are an integral part of this segment. This course is mandatory.
Junior High Chorus - 1Credit - This is an elective for students in grades seven and eight who enjoy singing and performing. Junior High Chorus performs at the Holiday Concert scheduled during the month of December and the Spring Concert scheduled at the close of the school year. The group performs a repertoire of unison and two part voices.
Junior High Band - 1Credit - This is an elective open to interested students. Junior High Band is designed to help students prepare for Concert Band and Marching Band during their high school career. Many styles of music will be performed. Students are required to perform two concerts, a Holiday Concert in December and a Spring Concert in May. This group is composed of students in grades seven and eight.
Junior High Band or Chorus 1/2 Credit - Students wishing to enroll in both Junior High Band and Chorus may choose to take band or chorus for a full credit, plus an additional 1/2 credit of Chorus or Band as their schedule will allow. The 1/2 credit course will meet every other day.
Senior High Courses
Concert Band - 1 Credit - Concert Band is composed primarily of students in grades nine through twelve. Chair placements are being posted twice each school year--once after the Spring Concert and once after the last Marching Band performance. Students wishing to try out for higher chair positions may do so at any time by means of the regular challenging system. Performances include a Holiday Concert, Spring Concert, Graduation, and other occasions which arise and fall into the category of being either educational of cultural for participating students. Members must be willing to devote out-of-school time as well as in-school time.
Concert Chorus - 1 Credit - This is an elective for students who possess adequate vocabulary, ability, interest, and music reading skills. This group performs a minimum of two concerts a year and performs within the local community such as hospitals, nursing homes, and other community service agencies. This group sings music of medium difficulty and includes songs from all periods including folk music and contemporary "pop". The chorus will include one piece per concert in a foreign language. Individual and ensemble assessment will be through critiques and ensemble evaluations.
- 1 Credit - This is a select group of mixed voices chosen
by auditions held in the spring of each year. Vocal proficiency is required
before a student can be admitted to the choir. Once admitted, the student
is required to attend all public performances for the Lackawanna Trail
School District. Rehearsal techniques and assessment procedures are based
on the ArtsPROPEL model of production, perception, and reflection. Students
will produce choral works, review their performances through critiques
and evaluation and record and identify personal growth and goals in a
journal. All Alternative assessment tools will become part of the student's
music portfolio. The Group sings music of high caliber from all periods
including vocal materials in at least two foreign languages and many pieces
a cappella. It also serves to develop advanced vocal techniques through
the teaching of solfege, advance rhythmic notation and the International
Phonetic Alphabet. The standard repertoire will include SATB music recommended
by the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music
So you love music.....what else is there besides class work?
A wealth of music opportunities are available at Trail!! For those who love to compete and those who just love to perform.
For Band Students
Yearly Performance Band Trip to locations such as Williamsburg, Florida, and Myrtle Beach. This year, the band will travel to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Winter Percussion Program(TBA)
For Choral Students
Yearly Trip to Hershey Park