The Music Department

  • Music Education Course Selections

    8803   Bel Canto Choir             0.5 Credit     Grade (9*)10

    Bel Canto is a select, auditioned choir that participates in concerts, assemblies, and community programs. The choir performs an SATB repertoire of different styles and music from all periods of music history, in English, as well as other languages. Students should be able to follow a read music and/or follow a vocal score, and sing their vocal parts independent of others in their section. Vocal sectionals are a required part of each student’s Bel Canto experience. Participation is expected at all announced functions in which this group participates. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is mandatory. This is a co-curricular course, which means that it has some requirements outside of school hours. Exceptions to this policy MUST be approved by the director and the principal.

    * Grade in parenthesis is for exceptional vocal students, who meet the course requirements. 

     

    8807   Concert Choir                  0.5 Credit      Grade 9-10

    Concert Choir is a non-auditioned choir made up of male and female voices. The focus of this course is to develop the vocal instrument through instruction on all aspects of the vocal anatomy, vocal technique, and sight reading of music. The choir performs an SAB/3 part Mixed repertoire or music selected from a standard repertoire of high school vocal music, including a focus on the performance of acapella compositions. Vocal sectional are a regular part of each student’s experience. Participation is expected at all announced functions. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is mandatory. This is a co-curricular course, which means that it has some requirements outside of school hours. Exceptions to this policy MUST be approved by the director and the principal.

     

    8811  9th Grade Girls’ Chorus      0.5 Credit       Grade 9

    9th Grade Girls’ Chorus is a non-auditioned choir of women’s voices that participates in concerts and assemblies. The choir performs an SSA repertoire of different styles and music from all periods of music history, in English, as well as other languages. Students should be able to sing their vocal parts independent of others in their section.  Vocal sectionals are a regular part of each student’s experience. Participation is expected at all announced functions in which this group participates. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is mandatory. This is a co-curricular course, which means that it has some requirements outside of school hours. Exceptions to this policy MUST be approved by the director and the principal.

     

    8819   Music Keyboarding        0.5 Credit       Grades 9-10

    Music Keyboard is a course in the beginning basics of keyboard playing for those with no prior experience.  Classes are taught in group lessons with practice time and individual help given to each student.  Classes stress note reading, musical signs and symbols, intervals, and performance within the classroom setting.  Each student has his or her own keyboard for class and lesson use and what she or he learns is transferable to home organ, piano, or keyboard. 

     

    8821  String Orchestra              0.5 Credit      Grades 9-10

    Selected by audition, the String Orchestra class is a select group of string players which serves as the string section of the Coatesville Area Senior Orchestra.  Students study a varied repertoire of music from all periods of classical composition with many performances scheduled throughout the year.  Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is mandatory.  This is a co-curricular course, which means that it has some requirements outside of school hours.     

     

    8823   Jazz Band                            0.5 Credit      Grades 9-10  (Prerequisite: audition/evaluation by the director)

    The membership consists of a limited jazz instrumentation and is chosen by the director through an audition process. The instrumentation is as follows: alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, tuba, trombones, trumpets, drum set players, electric and bass guitars.  Jazz/Big Band music is the primary focus of this classStudents who choose this course MUST be able to read music!  All wind players such as saxophones and brass MUST be part of the Symphonic Band.  There are a LIMITED number of bass and electric guitar and drum positions in this ensemble.  Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is mandatory.  This is a co-curricular course, which means that it has some requirements outside of school hours.

     

    8827   Percussion Ensemble      0.5 Credit     Grades 9-10   (Prerequisite: audition/evaluation by the director)

    Only percussionists should schedule this course.  Brass And woodwind players must schedule Symphonic Band. This course is designed to explore the melodic percussion instruments.  This class will have several mandatory performances. Students must be able to read music.  The instruments that will be covered are Timpani, Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone, field battery, and all types of auxiliary instruments as well as some rudiment percussion.  Students must be recommended by the teacher/director.  During the outdoor months, this group performs with the Marching Band. This is a co-curricular course, which means that it has some requirements outside of school hours.

     

    8835   Symphonic Band             0.5 Credit        Grades 9-10   (Prerequisite: audition/evaluation by the director)

    NOTE: This course requires a FULL YEAR commitment on the part of the student. Brass and woodwind players should schedule this course. Percussion students should consult band director.

    This class is a select instrumental organization whose members are selected or recommended by the high school or middle school director through an evaluation process. This is a high profile ensemble.  The members are part of ONE band, the Marching Red Raider band and the Coatesville Area Senior High School Concert Band.  During the marching season, the band rehearses two nights per week.  If there is a competition on a Saturday, the band will rehearse before the competition.  The Marching Red Raiders enjoy a demanding fall schedule, comprised of competitions, football games, parades, and community events, which concludes at the end of football season. However, other performances (i.e. parades, community events, etc.) may involve marching after football season has concluded.  Participation is expected at all announced performances.  Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is mandatory.  This is a co-curricular course, which means that it has some requirements outside of school hours. Exceptions to this policy MUST be approved by the director and the principal.  There is a participation fee of $80 to cover the cost of dry cleaning.  Some students may need to purchase shoes and/or gloves at an additional cost of up to $40.

     

    8838  Music Majors                     0.5 Credit     Grades 9-10

    This comprehensive music class will give students a better understanding of the principles of music notation, theory, and composition. The elements of music and music technology will also be studied. Aural (listening) and vocal (singing) skills will be developed through rhythmic and melodic dictation. The course is designed for serious music students who may be considering a career in music or for students who simply desire to enhance their existing knowledge of music. NOTE: This course is the prerequisite for AP Music Theory.

  • Our Teachers

     

    Mr. Hughes                         Email    hughesg@casdschools.org

    Mr. Pastorok                       Email    pastoroks@casdschools.org

    Mrs. Tingle-Lewis               Email    tingle-lewisr@casdschools.org