ENSEMBLE & CLASSES
PA 306 // CREDIT: 1 // GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Open to all brass and woodwind players. (Percussion, piano, and guitar students must have instructor recommendation due to limited places.)
This is an ensemble for band instrumental musicians. The following groups practice during this class: Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Pep Band. Groups from this class regularly perform at school concerts and events, KSHSAA Solo and Ensemble Festival and KSHSAA State Large Group Festival. Students enrolled in this class will also have the opportunity to develop their instrumental specific skills through scheduled sectional instruction sessions.
PA 302 // CREDIT: 1/2 // GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Must play own instrument, Teacher Recommendation
This is a guitar, keyboard, vocal and percussion ensemble aimed at developing performance skills through a wide variety of musical genres including praise & worship, blues, rock, pop, and soul. Students will also learn how to arrange and create their own songs in small groups. 2nd Semester only.
PA CREDIT: 1 // GRADE: 9
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation
This class provides freshmen percussionists with the opportunity to develop both technically and theoretically. Students will refine skills and rudiments on concert and marching percussion through group and individual projects so that they become multi-disciplined. Students are encouraged to participate either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble it the KSHSAA Regional Music Festival (April). A solid foundation of theory and history is also established through a variety of activities that help prepare students for continued success in the music program.
Intro To Music
PA 400 // CREDIT: 1/2 // GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12
Intro to Music is an introductory class that provides students with a chance to learn the basics of music through performance. Students will learn how to read music as well as develop the basic skills required to perform on a variety of instruments. Aspects of music theory and history will also be covered though applied learning projects. No previous musical experience necessary. On completion of the class, students may progress and continue their studies in either vocal or instrumental music ensembles for the following year.
PA 306 (Ex. Credit) // GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: August Audition
The Jazz Band is an extracurricular/credit ensemble that meets during Thunder Block and on Tuesday mornings (7:00 AM – 8:00 AM) during Sept, Oct, Dec, Jan, Feb, and May.
MUSIC HISTORY & THEORY
PA 406 // CREDIT: ½ // GRADE: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation Required
Music Theory and History is a non-performance course open to those students with a serious interest in learning the basic rudiments, structures, and elements of music. The course will focus on music analysis with reference to historical context. Students will also develop aural training skills, including melodic and rhythmic dictation as well as sight-singing
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY I
PA 401 // CREDIT: ½ // GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Students must be able to pass a basic music theory entrance test.
This class is focused on the creation of music using technology. This includes the concepts of pitch, rhythm, form, and sound construction, as well as music notation. Arranging and editing musical projects and evaluating the merit of the musical content are also covered. The class will learn computer-based techniques for creating, recording, and producing projects on GarageBand, Sibelius, and iMovie. Class members will also be taught how to create multi-media presentations. This class fulfills a Fine/Performing Arts or Technology credit requirement.
Auditions are held in September to be part of the musical pit orchestra. Rehearsal times vary but are mainly Tuesday mornings (7:00 AM– 8:00 AM) during October and November as well as after school practices in November.
PA 502 // CREDIT: 1 // GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Must have previous experience playing stringed instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass & Harp)
Students enrolled in a performing arts ensemble for more than two years are exempt from their speech or debate credit requirement. The SJA String Ensemble aims to provide string musicians with a chance to listen and perform musically, both as an individual and in an ensemble. Students are guided through personal skill development as they learn and perform solo and ensemble repertoire for school concerts and community events. In the second semester, the group prepares and performs for regional and state festivals. Aspects of music theory and history will also be covered in class.
PA 305 // COURSE CODE: Z // CREDITt: ½ // GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Must pass placement audition.
The Thunder Drums ensemble is a zero-hour class that meets 7:00 – 8:00 AM on Monday or Tuesday mornings. The group is a high-profile ensemble both at St James and in the wider community. Students will work on rudiments, marching, and general technique as well as prepare and perform music for sporting events, pep assemblies, and KSHSAA Solo and Ensemble Festival.
THUNDER PEP BAND
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation
The Sound of Thunder Pep Band combines all wind, percussion, guitar, and keyboard players in the department. The group meets during Thunder Block (Aug -Oct) to prepare music and shows for fall sporting events and community activities.
Uniform orders are Due August 19th. Anyone ordering after this date will not be guaranteed to receive their items for the first game on Sept 2.
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