Fort Dodge Community School District

BAND - 2 CREDITS - 9, 10, 11, 12   - Fort Dodge Senior High School offers a comprehensive, sequential band program offering Marching Band and 2 Concert Bands.  Students are placed in the Concert Band ensembles appropriate to their ability level. Band is a full school year commitment with students required to participate both semesters.  Extracurricular activities include 2 Jazz Bands and Pep Band.  Wind and Percussion players from the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band may have the opportunity to perform with the Full Orchestra.  In addition to these performance classes, students are required to take lessons that are on a rotating schedule from their academic classes.  Lessons will focus on wind and percussion techniques are designed to help students to continue to advance on their instrument.

Marching Band  - Prerequisite: Wind and Percussion students will have had to participate in Band the previous semester or by Director approval.  Band competition begins prior to the start of the school year.   - Members are expected to perform at all home football games, two to three marching contests, the Homecoming Parade, and the Frontier Days Parade.  Members will be required to attend any early morning and Monday evening rehearsals.  This group will meet for the first portion of the school year.  Following the last performance, Wind and Percussion students will be auditioned for one of the 2 Concert Bands and placed appropriately by ability levels.

Symphonic Band  - Prerequisite: Enrollment is by audition only.  Auditions are held after the final Marching Performance.  - This band is for all students with previous instrumental experience.  The emphasis is on the preparation and performance of a variety of quality band literature.  Students are expected to perform in school concerts, State Large Group Contest, and possible state or regional music festivals.  Students will also be required to have band lessons at school scheduled on a rotating basis.

Wind Ensemble - Prerequisite: Enrollment is by audition only.  Auditions are held after the final Marching Performance.  - Emphasis is on the preparation and performance of advanced level literature for the wind band and percussion.  Additional rehearsal/sectionals will be required outside the school day.  Students are expected to perform in school concerts, State large Group Contest, and possible state or regional music festivals.  Students will also be required to have band lessons at school scheduled on a rotating basis.

ORCHESTRA - 2 CREDITS - 9, 10, 11, 12  - Orchestra is open to all interested students.  Daily rehearsals focus on ensemble skills, including tone production, balance, blend, articulation, bowing, pitch, musical interpretation, music terminology, and basic concepts of music theory and music history.  Lessons are a course expectation and are scheduled by the student to be held outside of class time.  The focus of lessons will be string technique and are individualized to be interesting and helpful for each student.  Since orchestra is a performance-based class, daily attendance is extremely important and students are expected to perform on all concerts.  The orchestra also travels within the school district to perform for other students, within the community to perform for community organizations, and around the state to participate in contests and festivals.  Orchestra students are encouraged to audition for the All-State Orchestra and various honor orchestras throughout the year, participate as a soloist or chamber musician in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival, and perform in the annual musical as part of the pit orchestra.

CHOIR

A CAPPELLA CHOIR - 2 CREDITS - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Successful completion of Academy Chorale 3, placement exam, and instructor approval  - The A Cappella Choir is open to students in grades 10 through 12.  It is composed of auditioned students who meet proficiency standards in vocal quality and academic music knowledge and who display a vested interest in studying challenging choral literature and concepts.  Students in A Cappella Choir will study score annotation, vocal pedagogy, musical aesthetics and philosophy, and intermediate musicology.  The A Cappella Choir performs at four concerts during the year, one of which being the annual musical.  All A Cappella Choir students are expected to participate in the musical and to perform in all three concerts.  Failure to perform will result in the student failing the course. 

VOX FEMINA - 2 CREDITS - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite:  Placement exam and instructor approval  - Vox Femina is an advanced ensemble open to students in grades 10-12 through an audition process.  It meets for one period every day.  Rehearsals and assignments will focus on fundamentals of choral singing, which include, but are not limited to, reading music, solfege, sight-reading, identifying basic musical notation, identifying major and minor keys, breathing techniques, concert etiquette, and beginning musicology.  Additionally, students in Vox Femina will be expected to participate in four concerts per year, and large group contest, wherein they will perform literature they have learned during class.

WOMEN’S CHORALE - 2 CREDITS - 9, 10, 11, 12  - Women’s Choir is a beginning developmental ensemble open to female students in grades 9-12.    Rehearsals and assignments will focus on fundamentals of choral singing, which include, but are not limited to, reading music, solfege, sight-reading, identifying basic musical notation, identifying major and minor keys, breathing techniques, concert etiquette, and beginning musicology.  Additionally, students in Women’s Choir will be expected to participate in four concerts per year and large group contest, wherein they will perform the literature they have learned during class.

DODGER MEN’S CHORUS - 2 CREDITS - 9, 10, 11, 12   - Dodger Men’s Chorus is open to male students in grades 9 through 12.  It meets for one period every day.  Rehearsals and assignments will focus on fundamentals of choral singing, which include, but are not limited to, reading music, solfege, sight-reading, identifying basic musical notation, identifying major and minor keys, breathing techniques, concert etiquette, and beginning musicology.  Additionally, boys in Dodger Men’s Chorus will be expected to participate in four concerts per year, wherein they will perform literature they have learned during class.

ADVANCED VOCAL TECHNIQUES - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  First Term and Third Term Only  - Advanced Vocal Techniques is a class that exposes students to college-level individual and ensemble vocal music study.  Weekly assignments and vocal assessments will measure student understanding of vocabulary, expressive music devices, ensemble singing techniques, individual vocal pedagogy, and foreign language translation and pronunciation.  Students will also learn score annotation.  Students who participate in Advanced Vocal Techniques will have the opportunity to audition for Iowa All-State Chorus in October and will perform at the fall concert.  Students who participate in Advanced Vocal Techniques third term will have the opportunity to participate in state Solo/Ensemble festival.

MISCELLANEOUS MUSIC COURSES

MUSIC THEORY - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - This class is designed to prepare students for college level music theory.  The curriculum from Basic Music Theory will be expanded upon and additional components will include music analysis and composition.  This is non-performance music elective.

MUSIC APPRECIATION - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - Music Appreciation is designed for students of varying musical abilities and backgrounds.  Students who enroll in the course will learn how music is experienced and used in societies around the world, will learn the ways in which different artistic mediums influence one another and how these movements are related to historical events, people, and places.  Students will create and play instruments, do fieldwork and research using a variety of technologies, and demonstrate evidence of understanding through comprehensive, collaborative projects.

PIANO KEYBOARDING - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - This class is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of playing the piano.  Music literacy, piano technique, and student performance will all be addressed during the course of the class.  Students will work independently on music or exercises assigned by the instructor to build their skills of reading, playing, and performing piano music.  No prior piano experience is required, however, students with previous experience may progress at their own pace accordingly.           

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