Music

With the Immaculata Philosophy in mind, the Music Department takes on the additional responsibilities to further the development of each student as an outstanding young adult within his/her overall maturation process through the musical, movement and pageantry arts.

The mission of the Immaculata High School Music Department is to provide young adults with classes and activities that instills pride, teamwork, motivation, leadership, self-esteem, values and respect; recognizing the individual talents and contributions of all members. These skills and traits are then carried forward in all future endeavors while working to become leaders in their industry, community, Nation and Church. Each Spartan member is regarded as a key player in highly respected and professional musical units, reflecting a credit upon the entire organization and school which it represents.

Immaculata offers a complete music education for students grades 9-12 in instrumental and vocal music. Instrumental Band is comprised of 3 core classes that include Music Theory, Instrumental Lessons & Sectionals, and full Instrumental Ensemble.

Why Music?

Student Life in the Music Department

ACADEMIC INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES

0813 Freshman Band: Grade 9

This is the only band option for freshmen. Band is a course for instrumental students that enjoy their study of music through performance in ensembles. The course is designed with three components: Music Theory/History, Instrumental Method, and Instrumental Ensemble. Students are members of the Band program and, to the extent possible, are scheduled for a technique lesson one lunch period in the cycle. All members are eligible for membership in Marching Band and other co-curricular small ensembles. Students are required to attend pre-concert rehearsals (after school/evening) in addition to their own daily practice. Participation and performance in concerts is required.

Prerequisite: Department Approval/ Meeting with student.

0831 Symphonic Band II, III, IV CP: Grades 10–12

Band is a course for instrumental students that enjoy their study of music through performance in ensembles. The course is designed with three components: Music Theory/History Instrumental Method, and Instrumental Ensemble. Students are members of the Band program, and to the extent possible, are scheduled for a technique lesson one lunch period in the cycle. All members are eligible for membership in Marching Band and other co-curricular small ensembles. Students are required to attend pre-concert rehearsals (after school/evening) in addition to their own daily practice. Participation and performance in concerts is required.

Prerequisite: Department approval after successful completion of January exam.

0840 Wind Ensemble II, III, IV Honors: Grades 10–12

Wind ensemble is a course for advanced instrumental students with a high level of musical achievement. The course is designed with three components: Music Theory/History, Instrumental Method, and Instrumental Ensemble. Students are members of the Band program. All members are eligible for membership in Marching Band and other co-curricular small ensembles. Students are required to attend pre-concert rehearsals (after school/evening) in addition to their own daily practice. They also have to prepare the Region solo piece. Participation in Region Band will be determined by the department faculty.

Prerequisite: Department approval after successful completion of January exam.

ACADEMIC CHORAL ENSEMBLES

0823 CONCERT CHOIR HONORS: GRADES 10–12

This is an advanced level performance course. It is designed for students that are serious about the vocal arts. In addition to performing at school concerts (winter and spring), the Honors Chorus will perform for various school and community functions. Some after school rehearsals/trips may be required. Participation in rehearsals and performance in concerts is required. Students also have to prepare the Region Choir Audition Materials. Participation in Region Choir will be determined by the department faculty. Students also must participate in Spartan Choir (after school on Mondays).

Prerequisite: Department Approval/Audtion.

Spartan Choir: Grades 9–12

This is an entry level choir for those students who enjoy singing and would like to advance their singing abilities in a comfortable environment. The Spartan Choir studies and performs a wide range of vocal literature encompassing a variety of choral forms, styles, historical periods and cultures. The program is designed to give students instruction in diction and vocal production within the context of individual and ensemble work. Students in this choir will sing in the Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, various service events (nursing homes and senior centers), and will have the opportunity to audition for NJ Region and All-State Chorus. Rehearsals for Spartan Choir are every Monday of the school year from 3:00–4:30 PM. Participation in this choir can advance students to the Concert Choir Honors (department approval is needed) and/or Chamber Choir (audition-only choir, department approval also needed.)

Note* This course meets outside of school hours and is graded using a pass/fail system based on attendance and participation. It is not included in a student’s GPA.

ACADEMIC MUSIC ELECTIVES

0823 0805 MUSIC IN FILM: GRADES 11–12
SEMESTER COURSE

This class is a semester course, designed for all students regardless of if they have taken a music course or not, that combines a historical and chronological approach to the study of film music and sound with an emphasis on building listening skills. Through engaging, accessible analyses and exercises, this course covers all aspects of the subject, including how a soundtrack is assembled to accompany this visual context, how music enhances the form and style of key film genres, and how technology has influenced the changing landscape of film music.

0842 FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSICIANSHIP FOR COLLEGE BOUND MUSIC MAJORS HONORS: GRADES 11–12

This course explores theoretical aspects of music: notation, harmony, style, history and composition. The course also teaches introductions to music technology. The course is designed to prepare students for college music programs and auditions.

Prerequisite: Department Approval.

0854 INDEPENDENT MUSIC: GRADES 11–12

This course demands of students a great deal of self-discipline, motivation, and an ability to work with minimal amount of staff support. Among the activities that students would be involved in: Audition for CJMEA Region Band or Chorus.

Prerequisite: Department Approval.

0860 AP MUSIC THEORY: GRADES 11–12

This full year course will provide the student with the equivalent of a college level music theory course in the study of musical materials, structure, and style. It will integrate melodic, harmonic, textural, rhythmic, and formal aspects of music through musical reading, notation, composition and active musical listening. The student’s understanding of music history and style will be enhanced by the selection of course materials from the widest possible variety of musical periods, genres, and media. Students are encouraged to take the AP exam in May.

Prerequisite: Department Approval and minimum of 93 in instrumental music if applicable. Students not in instrumental music will have to take a theory exam as a prerequisite.

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