Music Courses


During the 2018-19 school year Elmwood Park High School will offer the following music courses.

Click any course title below to see the corresponding description. Each course description includes information about credit, grade level and prerequisites.
 

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Passing grade in previous year’s band class
and/or director’s approval

The Concert Band is open to all students who have shown an acceptable level of progress and performance throughout their elementary school band training and can qualify by audition with the director. Prior experience on an appropriate instrument and the ability to read music notation are essential components of success in this course. The music covered will include the baroque through contemporary periods of composition, with the main emphasis being placed on rhythm, articulation, intonation and the total band sound. Advanced players may participate in solo and ensemble competition and festivals. All choir students who are enrolled in band should see their directors to discuss a PE waiver.

In addition to concert appearances, the Concert Band will appear as a marching band and as a pep band at parades and athletic events. Attendance at all performances and after-school rehearsals is required and will be graded. A sincere and serious commitment to band is vital to the ensemble and its success.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11

None

The Chorale is open to all students and is a beginning choir designed to provide a foundation for the Concert Choir. The Chorale studies and performs a variety of music throughout the year. A commitment to singing and performing is important, and upon successful completion of Chorale, a student can then audition for Concert Choir and/or Swing Choir.

Chorale students participate in the four major concerts of the year, and attendance at all concerts is required.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

One year of Chorale and
director’s approval

The Concert Choir is the largest performing vocal group at the high school. The Concert Choir performs at the four major concerts each year as well as commencement. Advanced performers may audition to participate at the IHSA competition and appear as solo vocalists throughout the school year. Along with more advanced part-singing ability, a sincere interest in musical training, participation and performance is vital to the group.

Attendance at all four major concerts is required.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

9, 10, 11, 12

Director's approval

Jazz band meets from 7 to 7:45 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Prior experience on an appropriate instrument and the ability to read music notation are essential components of success in this course. Students will explore and perform a variety of music styles, including swing, rock, ballad and Latin. Improvisation and elementary concepts of music theory will be introduced. The Jazz Band will perform at least four times throughout the school year. Prior experience is required on an appropriate instrument (saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drum set, guitar, bass or piano) as well as the ability to read notated music and/or approval of the director.

Attendance at all performances and after-school rehearsals is required and will be graded. A sincere and serious commitment to band is vital to the ensemble and its success.

 

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Director's approval

The Swing Choir is the most advanced choral offering at Elmwood Park High School, and it is limited to those students who excel in vocal talent and part-singing ability. This performance-oriented ensemble will focus on all types of music with an emphasis on proper singing, staging and microphone technique when called for. Performers may audition to participate at the ILMEA auditions and appear as solo vocalists throughout the school year.

Students must audition to receive director’s approval to enroll in this course. Attendance at the four major concerts plus commencement is required with occasional out-of-school performances throughout the school year.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course encompasses the study of the language of music notation and composition. Students are taught to analyze and understand written music, compose music and identify aspects of recorded musical examples. This course is a must for anyone considering a career or college study in the arts. However, it is also a useful and interesting course for anyone with a strong interest in music. Confident music-reading skills in both treble and bass clefs are STRONGLY recommended as a prerequisite.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Director's approval

Students will benefit from group and individual vocal instruction. They will familiarize themselves with the characteristics of vocal production and the anatomy of the vocal mechanism.

Students must audition to receive director’s approval to enroll in this course.