McGavock High School
Instrumental Techniques Country/Bluegrass: Students study and perform music principles used in Bluegrass and Country Music including melody, harmony, and rhythm; intervals; standard musical notation; and the Nashville Number System. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.
This class, designed for students with substantial experience in solo performance and larger performing ensembles, promotes significant engagement with and appreciation for music through performance of sophisticated wind and percussion literature. Study focuses on mastery of highly advanced music skills, techniques, and processes, as well as creativity through composition and/or arranging and use of current technology to enhance creativity and performance effectiveness.
Students learn how music is constructed and developed, and acquire a basic understanding of the structural, technical, and historical elements of music. Student theorists develop basic ear-training, keyboard, and functional singing skills, and engage in the creative process through individual and collaborative projects.
Concert Band: This class, designed for students ready to build on skills and knowledge previously acquired in a middle or High School (9-12) instrumental ensemble, promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of music through performance of high-quality wind and percussion literature. Rehearsals focus on development of critical listening/aural skills, individual musicianship, instrumental technique, refinement of ensemble skills, and aesthetic engagement culminating in periodic public performances.
Chorus-Middle School (5-8): Students with little or no choral experience develop beginning vocal technique and skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and an appreciation of music from around the world and through time.
Strings/Orchestra – Elementary (K-4): Students who have little or no experience on violin, viola, cello, bass, or harp explore high-quality music literature written or transcribed for developing string orchestra. Study includes the development of foundational instrumental ensemble techniques, performance skills, music literacy, and aesthetic awareness. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.
Jazz: Students with experience on guitar explore the fundamentals of performance practices, improvisation, and music theory through a diverse repertoire of high- quality jazz literature. Students learn the basics of foundational jazz styles, use chord symbols, develop knowledge of musical structure, and study the history of jazz and its iconic musicians. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.
Guitar - Classical: Students develop guitar skills and knowledge, including simple and full-strum chords, bass lines and lead sheets, barre and power chords, foundational music literacy and theory, major scales, simple finger-picking patterns, and ensemble skills for a variety of music. Guitarists explore the careers and music of significant performers in a variety of styles. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.
Students develop piano skills performing piano music of various styles and appropriate difficulty levels. Within a standards based curriculum students learn music notation and develop listening skills by identifying and analyzing elements and structural characteristics of music.