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Basic Band
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This full-year course is designed for students playing a wind instrument who will develop the skills necessary to eventually be placed in intermediate or advanced band.  The emphasis is on development and remediation of musical skills.

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Intermediate Band
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This full-year course provides an opportunity for instrumentalists to reinforce and remediate their basic instruction and to gain performing experience on a daily basis.  In addition to skill development, emphasis is placed on a high standard of musical excellence in the preparation and performance of band literature.  All Intermediate Band students are required to participate in the Concert Band ensemble.

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Advanced Band
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In this full-year course, emphasis will be placed on a high standard of musical excellence and performance of band literature.  The band provides an opportunity for instrumentalists to continue their instruction and to gain performing experience on a daily basis.  In addition, students will be exposed to solo and small ensemble music, with an emphasis on County Band tryout pieces.  All Advanced Band students are required to participate in the Concert Band ensemble.

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String Orchestra
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The strings course meets all year long and provides an opportunity for string students of all ability levels to develop their craft.  In addition to skill development, emphasis is placed on a high standard of musical excellence in the preparation and performance of orchestral literature.  All Orchestra members are required to perform in both the Winter and Spring concerts.
> Music Theory/Adv. Piano
> The Music Theory and Advanced Piano courses are offered together as one class, with an emphasis on theory, music writing, and ear training for all students.  Non-piano students focus on music theory, while piano students also learn advanced piano technique and repertoire. This course is an upper-level course designed for students who wish to continue their musical studies outside of high school, i.e. music major/minor, music performance, etc.  The course will prepare each student for their college music audition and/or entrance exam.  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of at least one music course.
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Percussion Class
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This is a full-year course for all high school students that play or aspire to play percussion instruments.  The class is designed to accommodate all levels of playing ability at once, including those students who have not learned how to play percussion instruments before.  Students will be taught to play both pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, and will be exposed to percussion ensemble literature.  Percussion class students are required to be in the Percussion Ensemble.

*Membership in all instrumental classes is subject to the approval of the Band Director.