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Advanced Placement Music Theory UUS21X 
Are you serious about music? Want to know how music works? Want to compose your own songs? This rigorous class aims to cover the content of the AP Music Theory Exam with a solid foundation as a musician, including musical terms, harmonic analysis, sight singing, listening and dictating music, and composing. The class is best suited for students who have a solid experience of playing any instrument for a few years and up. In this class, music theory will be taught through playing the keyboard and singing.
Prerequisite: Ability to read music. No previous experience in playing the keyboard is required. Arrange a consultation with the instructor.
Requirement: Teacher recommendation and approval of the Department Supervisor.
Note: This is a two-semester course and cannot be dropped mid-year. In addition to Townsend Harris credit, students who score 3 or higher on the required AP exam in May, may be awarded college credit. There is an $91 examination fee (which may be waived in cases of documented financial need.)

Chorus UVS81T
The goal of the Chorus class is to teach students 1) performance skills to sing choral music, 2) how to rehearse effectively in sections, 3) how to read choral music, 4) how to sight sing in the solfege system, 5) a basic knowledge of music theory, 6) basic keyboard playing 7) skills to discuss music and performances with appropriate musical terms, and 8) write music reviews through critical listening and thinking. The class also includes instructions ion basic piano and guitar technique for small groups of students who request. All students are expected to perform at school concerts at a minimum of twice a year.
Beginning String Ensemble Class UAS21TE
This course offers hands –on experience for students who have never learned to play a string instrument. Knowing how to read music is helpful, but not a requirement. Concepts are learned through sight-reading different styles of music. Music is diversified to meet student’s appropriate skills. Students will learn proper care and maintenance of their chosen instrument - violin, viola, cello and bass as well as simple melodies and harmony in classical and popular music. Instruments are provided.

Intermediate Orchestra UZS81T
Intermediate Orchestra will be a class that is open to anyone. This class gives students the opportunity to experience music through a string instrument (Violin Viola, Cello, or Bass). Students should already know how to read music. We will focus on proper technique and playing in an ensemble. Students will learn to be aware of the sound and intonation of their instruments and others around them. Students will learn to be independent, as well as assess their playing and others. Students will utilize teamwork to help each other learn their instruments.
Prerequisite: An audition

Symphonic Orchestra UYS81T
The orchestra plays at the winter and spring concerts and at other school functions and consists of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. The focus will be on group and sectional parts of arrangements geared toward performance. The class incorporates music history and theory into the curriculum, individual advancement of technique, phrasing and a variety of musical periods, forms and styles will be experienced.
Prerequisite: An audition. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Note: Instruments will be provided by the school.

Pre AP Music Theory and Keyboarding UUS81T
This class is designed to teach students a basic knowledge of music theory through hands-on activities including keyboard playing and singing. Class material consists of a method book for adults, movie music, classical and popular music.

Beginning Instruments UAS21T
This course offers a hands-on experience for students who have never learned to play a band instrument. Knowing how to read music is helpful, but not a requirement. Students will learn proper care and maintenance of their chosen instrument as well as simple melodies and harmony in classical and popular music. The instruments we provide are flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, French horn, bass guitar and drums. This is a non-performing group.

Intermediate Instruments UQS41T
This course is for students who have recently had the beginning course or have studied a band instrument for at least one year. Furthering technique, musical phrasing and full band arrangements in popular and classical music will be the focus. Knowledge of musical theory will be introduced. The choice of instruments is the same as for the beginning instrument course with the addition of saxophones: alto, tenor or baritone. This group may perform at our annual winter concert.
Prerequisite: Beginning Instruments 1, or its equivalent, and an audition.
Requirements: An audition, teacher recommendation and approval of Department Supervisor.

Jazz Ensemble UJS81T
This course is open to students who have completed at least one semester of Intermediate Instruments. The Jazz Ensemble performs at the winter and spring concerts and at other events. The focus will be on rehearsal of performance repertoire in a variety of jazz styles, as well as basic music theory, jazz improvisation, jazz history, and listening to classic jazz recordings. The instruments in the Jazz Ensemble are saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion.
Prerequisite: Completion of Beginning and Intermediate Instrument courses (not needed for piano and guitar).
Requirements: An audition, teacher recommendation and approval of Department Supervisor.

Concert Band UDS61T
This is one of the performing groups at Townsend Harris. The Concert Band plays at the winter and spring concerts and at other school functions. The focus will be on group and sectional parts of arrangements geared toward performance. Individual advancement of technique, phrasing and a variety of musical periods, forms and styles will be experienced. The list of choices of instruments is the same as for the beginning and intermediate instruments classes.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Beginning and Intermediate Instrument courses, or equivalent. Open to sophomores (who have completed required Art), juniors and seniors.
Requirements: An audition, teacher recommendation and approval of Department Supervisor.

NOTE: INSTRUMENTS AND MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE SCHOOL FOR ALL MUSIC CLASSES.