• Music Course Information

    Jazz Band

    Meets UC/CSU "f"

    PrerequisiteStudent has performed in an ensemble (Jazz, Concert or Orchestral) the previous school year. *Or with teacher approval.

    Description:

    This course is a study of instrumental techniques as they relate to instrumental and contemporary jazz literature. Through ensemble rehearsal, individual practice, and a variety of performance opportunities, the student will gain an understanding and appreciation for this art form. Emphasis will be placed on not just performance technique, but also rudimentary improvisational skills, musicianship, and a sense of personal accountability. This ensemble is a skilled effort in which each student is expected to show technical and musical growth throughout this course. Performances include: Winter and Spring concerts in the OHS Theater, CMEA adjudicated festival, OUSD Jazz Festival, and Music in the Parks.

     

    **Attendance at evening concerts, community events and rehearsals will be required as scheduled. This course may be repeated for credit.

     

    Orchestra

    Meets UC/CSU "f"

    Prerequisite: Student has performed in an ensemble (Jazz, Concert or Orchestral) the previous school year. *Or with teacher approval.

    Description:

    Students with experience playing a symphonic instrument, will improve musical, instrumental and listening skills. Skills in tone production, intonation, technique, music reading and musical expression will be studied within the string and symphonic repertoire. Performances include: Winter and Spring concerts in the OHS Theater, CMEA adjudicated festival, OUSD Orchestra Festival, and Music in the Parks.

     

    **Attendance at evening concerts, community events and rehearsals will be required as scheduled. This course may be repeated for credit.

     

    Guitar I

    Meets UC/CSU "f"

    Prerequisite: None

    Description:

    This is a beginning course designed to teach the students to play a nylon-string guitar. They will learn positioning, posture and finger-style techniques. Note reading and chord strumming patterns are a major emphasis. Students will learn to sight-read in first position and the basic chords that accompany. Students will participate in five graded guitar recitals and an end of the year group recital in the OHS Theater.