McGavock High School

Strings/Orchestra

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.

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Jazz Ensemble

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.

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Guitar

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.

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Piano

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.

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Country/Bluegrass

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.

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