Music Courses & Faculty


Below are descriptions of the music courses offered at Elmwood Park High School. To see a listing of music faculty, use this link for quick access:

Learn more about our program by visiting Music at EPHS.


Courses


CHORALE*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10

None

This course, intended for freshmen/sophomores who are in their first year of choir, combines the best of personal enjoyment while developing vocal skills and studying the fundamentals of musicianship. Special emphasis is put on the development of sight singing skills necessary for future placement into advanced choral groups. Chorale performs at four school concerts 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.


CONCERT CHOIR*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

One year of Chorale and/or
director's approval

This course combines the best of personal enjoyment while developing vocal skills and studying the fundamentals of musicianship. Special emphasis is put on the development of sight singing skills necessary for future placement into advanced choral groups. Concert Choir performs at four school concerts throughout the year as well as commencement. This class is repeatable.

*Attendance at all four major concerts is required.


SWING CHOIR*

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

10, 11, 12

Director's approval

This course is designed for advanced students who perform a wide variety of choral literature, from classical to contemporary. Swing Choir also focuses on music reading, sight singing and more advanced music theory concepts. The Swing Choir performs at concerts, festivals and community events as well as at four school concerts per year and commencement. This class is repeatable.

*Attendance at the four major concerts, plus commencement, is required with occasional out-of-school performances throughout the school year.


AP MUSIC THEORY

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

10, 11, 12

None

The AP Music Theory course is designed for the mature musician who is interested in enhancing their music ability through a rigorous study of music theory. The class will enable the student to understand theoretical and historical significance of harmonic structure as it relates to Western music. During the course of the class, students will develop the necessary technical skills used in analysis of music both structurally and harmonically. In addition, students will devote a significant amount of time developing their aural capabilities, such as sight singing, interval and chord recognition, melodic dictation and harmonic dictation. Ultimately, the class will prepare students for the AP Music Theory AP examination given in the spring, as well as entrance examinations given by schools of music for entering freshmen music majors.


CONCERT/MARCHING BAND — WOODWINDS AND BRASS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Concert Band
or director's approval

Woodwind and brass students will work on total musicianship, developing performance skills and building further knowledge of fundamentals of music theory. Concert Band performs in three or four formal concerts throughout the year. Students will participate in activities of the Marching Tigers during Q1. All band students should be available for band camp rehearsals during the summer in preparation for the upcoming season's marching show. Band camp is held for one full week, usually the first week of August. Prerequisite: Passing grade in previous year's Concert Band class and/or approval of the instructor.


CONCERT/MARCHING BAND — PERCUSSION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Concert Band 
or director's approval

Percussion students will work on total musicianship, developing performance skills and building further knowledge of fundamentals of music theory. Concert Band performs in three or four formal concerts throughout the year. Students will participate in activities of the Marching Tigers during Q1. All band students should be available for band camp rehearsals during the summer in preparation for the upcoming season’s marching show. Band camp is held for one full week, usually the first week of August. Prerequisite: Passing grade in previous year’s Concert Band class and/or approval of the instructor.


JAZZ BAND

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Director's approval

All interested students with band experience on an appropriate instrument (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drum set, bass, guitar, piano) join Jazz Band to continue work on total musicianship, developing performance skills and building further knowledge of fundamentals of music theory and basic improvisation. Jazz Band members perform in three or four formal concerts throughout the year. Prerequisite: Passing grade in previous year's Jazz Band class and/or approval of instructor.


PIANO METHODS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course is designed for students with little or no piano experience. Using the electronic piano lab (MIDI), the class will introduce students to music notation, basic music theory, keyboard technique and music terminology through the study of keyboard repertoire. Students repeating this course or students with theory and composition experiences will be able to experience more advanced musical topics.


GUITAR METHODS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course is designed for students who are interested in learning how to play the guitar and/or to develop strong technical skills in guitar performance. This course will introduce the techniques and musicianship skills in order to perform classical, blues, jazz, rock and pop repertoire. Students will learn music reading skills, sight reading, chords, collaboration, practice skills, and expressive performance and listening skills. Steel-string electric guitars are provided and stay in the classroom.


MUSIC PRODUCTION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

This course will explore the fundamentals of creating and organizing music with computers and teach students the ins and outs of using sound engineering hardware. This is a project-based class in which students will use different software applications to create and arrange music. Students will learn how to manipulate music by creating medley mixes, music re-arranging and exploring the digital world of music. Digital audio, MIDI and recorded audio will be used and incorporated to create music files. Students will learn basic concepts on making beats and music patterns to be used in music production. Keyboard skills are helpful but not necessary. Enrollment is open to all students, grades 9-12.


Faculty


Grant McEachern

Choir Director & Teacher | Music | EPHS

Kyle Rhoades

Band Director & Teacher | Music | EPHS