Music

All Music Ensembles included in band, choir and orchestra are offered as part of a split block.  Along with a music ensemble,the music student must sign up for one additional course. Therefore, all music students must sign up for two courses for this block.

Band

Percussion I (4 terms)
Percussion II (4 terms)
Symphonic Band (4 terms)
Concert Band (4 terms)
Wind Ensemble (4 terms)
Wind Symphony (4 terms)

Choir

Freshman Chorale (4 terms)
Varsity Choir (4 terms)
Treble Choir (4 terms)
Chambers Singers (4 terms)

Orchestra

Concert Orchestra (4 terms)
Sinfonietta (4 terms)
Symphony Orchestra (4 terms)
Philharmonic Orchestra (4 terms)

Electives

AP Music Theory (2 terms)
Applied Music (1 term Independent Study)
Rock n’ Roll Methods (1 term)

Band

Concert Band
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Audition and/or director’s approval based on formal instruction and proficiency on a band instrument
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $20.00 (Supplies and uniform cleaning)
This course is designed for intermediate/advanced instrumentalists seeking extensive training in ensemble performance. The main objective of the group include: formal study of band and wind ensemble literature, public performance, and techniques for musical expression. Participating in band performances at concerts, music contests, and marching and sporting events will be considered as part of the course requirements. Private instrumental study is encouraged for all students enrolled in instrumental music courses.

Percussion Methods I & II
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Percussion II: Fr
Percussion I: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $20.00 (Supplies and Uniform Cleaning)
Some percussionists will be placed in Percussion Methods I & II, based on their audition. This course will continue with musical skills and instruction in percussion ensemble literature. Students will study mallets, including two and four mallets, drumming, including timpani and snare drum, and accessory instruments, such as cymbals, bass drum, and tambourine. Solo and percussion ensemble repertoire are explored in multiple settings. Both of these classes perform with the Symphonic and Concert Band throughout the year.

Symphonic Band
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr
Fee: $20.00 (Supplies and uniform cleaning)
This course is the entry level group for the band program at Batavia High School. Extended training in large group ensemble is provided. Participating in band performances at concerts and music contests will be considered as part of the course requirements. Private instrumental study is encouraged for all students enrolled in instrumental music courses.

Wind Ensemble
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Audition and/or director’s approval based on formal instruction and proficiency on a band instrument
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $20.00 (Supplies and uniform cleaning)
This course is designed for intermediate/advanced instrumentalist seeking extensive training in ensemble performance. The main objectives of the group includes: formal study of band and wind ensemble literature, public performance, and techniques for musical expression. Participation in band performances at concerts and music contests are considered part of the course requirements. Wind Ensemble members also serve as the Concert Orchestra winds and percussion. Private instrumental study is encouraged.

Wind Symphony
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Audition and/or director’s approval based on formal instruction and proficiency on a band instrument
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $20.00 (Supplies and uniform cleaning)
This course is designed for the most advanced instrumentalists seeking extensive training in ensemble performance. The main objectives for this group include: formal study of band and wind ensemble literature, public performance and development of techniques for expanding musical expression and technical expertise. Participation in band performances at concerts and music contests are considered part of the course requirements. Wind Symphony members also serve as the Symphony Orchestra winds and percussion. Private instrumental study is strongly encouraged at this level of performance.

Choir

Chamber Singers
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Audition only
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $20.00 (Supplies and uniform cleaning)
Chamber Singers is the most advanced mixed choral ensemble. Music reading abilities and the demonstration of advanced vocal proficiencies are required. The class focuses on advanced choral techniques and independent singing skills. Concert performances are scheduled in October, December, March, and May. The winter repertoire for Chamber Singers includes sacred and secular Renaissance music and seasonal carols in preparation for the Festival of Carols performances in December. Students will also participate in local performing opportunities and gigs throughout November and December. All performances, dress rehearsals, and the IMEA District Choir auditions are mandatory. Private voice study is strongly encouraged.

Freshman Chorale (Intermediate Choir)
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr
Fee: $20.00
This co-ed choir is open to freshman singers with who have had choral experience. The curriculum is focused on the development of good singing habits including proper body posture, breath support and control, and healthy choral tone.  Students will learn fundamentals of music literacy and theory for the beginning musician.  Beginning note reading is expected. Students will learn about and sing a variety of music styles including classical, sacred, contemporary, musical theater, and gospel.  Participation in scheduled public performances is required.

Varsity Choir
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Audition or Instructor Approval
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $20.00 (Supplies and uniform cleaning)
Varsity Choir includes singers who have demonstrated basic vocal technique, consistent pitch-matching skills, and a working knowledge of ensemble singing. Students will continue to develop healthy singing habits as individuals and as a group. Concert performances are scheduled in October, December, March, and May.

Treble Choir
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Women only, Audition only
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $20.00 (Supplies and uniform cleaning)
Treble Choir includes young women who demonstrate a working knowledge of vocal technique and choral part singing. Singers will increase their vocal confidence and overall musical aptitude. Concert performances are scheduled in October, December, March, and May. Private voice study is strongly encouraged.

Orchestra

Concert Orchestra
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Formal instruction and proficiency on a string orchestra instrument
Level: Fr
Fee: $30.00 (Supplies and uniform cleaning)
The Concert Orchestra is designed for students who are working to develop a stronger mastery of fundamental technique and musicianship. Emphasis is placed on developing independence and confidence as well as performing with excellent tone and intonation. Students will explore string literature for large ensemble as well as chamber music. Participation in evening performances throughout the year (approximately one per term) is required. Private study is recommended for students participating in the Concert Orchestra.

Philharmonic Orchestra
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Audition only.
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $30.00 (Supplies and uniform cleaning)
The Philharmonic Orchestra is the most advanced curricular orchestra at Batavia High School. It is designed for students with excellent fundamental technique and clear mastery of their instrument. Emphasis is placed on applying advanced technique to classical repertoire for full and string orchestra. Participation in evening performances throughout the year (approximately one per term) is required. Private study is not a requirement for the class but is zealously recommended for students participating in the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Symphony Orchestra (4 terms, 1 credit) Prerequisite: Audition only.
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $30.00 (Supplies and uniform cleaning)
The Symphony Orchestra is designed to develop and expand upon fundamental technique and musicianship by exploring more challenging repertoire for both string ensemble and full orchestra. Emphasis is placed on developing independence as well as cultivating mastery of more advance technique. Participation in evening performances throughout the year (approximately one per term) is required. Private study is recommended for students participating in the Symphony Orchestra.

Sinfonietta
(4 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Audition or Instructor Approval
Level: Soph
Fee: $30.00
The Sinfonietta is open to all sophomores and is designed to develop and expand upon fundamental technique and musicianship by exploring more challenging repertoire for the string ensemble.  Emphasis is placed on developing independence as well as cultivating mastery of more advance technique such as 3 octave scales and refining vibrato.  The Sinfonietta would be a non-auditioned sophomore only orchestra designed to offer a bridge between the Concert Orchestra and Philharmonic. The orchestra will highlight fundamentals of shifting to upper octaves on the instruments as well as refining vibrato and bowing techniques. The Students will use Book 4 of Sound Innovations. Participation in evening performances throughout the year (approximately one per term) is required. Private study is recommended for students participating in the Sinfonietta.

Electives

Applied Music
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Music Department approval
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: None
Applied Music is an individualized study program on the student’s primary instrument for the student who will be considering further music study beyond high school level. The course requires enrollment in a music performance class, private study with an approved instructor, supervised practice at school, a developed course of study, and a jury or recital to be administered by the Music Department at the end of each term. The class may be repeated. Applications for admission to the Applied Music sequence may be obtained from the chairperson of the Music Department.

AP Music Theory
(2 terms, 1 Credit)
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a music ensemble at Batavia High School or instructor approval
Level: Jr or Sr standing
Fee: $40.00
AP Music Theory is an advanced music theory course that covers one and a half semesters of collegiate music theory and aural skills. High levels of musical complexity will be studied including harmonic analysis, counterpoint, composition, and analysis of musical form. Auditory training will include melodic and rhythmic dictation with multiple simultaneous parts, interval identification, formal identification in major works as well as sight-singing. This class is considered a priority for students interested in pursuing a career in music. Students must have instructor approval to enroll in the class.

Rock n’ Roll Methods
(1 term, .5 Credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Jr., Sr. Elective
Fee: None
Rock and Roll methods is a course designed for the student who loves music and has always wanted to learn more about popular music history, music performance, and how music affects our culture. No prior musical training is needed. The course begins with the elements of music and ventures into music’s relation to popular culture and how people are affected by music as a common goal. Musical material is drawn from all genres and periods including: Blues, Motown, R&B, Rock, Metal, Punk, Hip-Hop, Rap, Dance, Techno, Trance, Grunge, and Indie.