FHS Music Courses Offered

The Arts of Western Culture – 0862H

Grades 10 – 12 — .5 Credits — Semester

This course is designed to offer the college-oriented student exposure to the music, art and theatre of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  Students will learn the role of the arts in the development of western culture while experiencing the masterworks first-hand via listening and viewing.  Field trips to museums, concerts and theaters will be important aspects of the course.  This course will be team co-taught by Mr. Stephen Massey and Mr. Gerald Roy.

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course: E2,3&4, H-S1,3&4, S-T5, WL2& 4, A1-9, B3, H3

Honors – 0862H

Introduction to Modern American Popular Music – 0882CP    

Grades 9 – 12 — .5 Credits — Semester

This course is open to any student who enjoys popular American music.  Students will study modern American popular music using two approaches.  First, students will be listening to and discussing American popular music since 1950. The second aspect will be a hands-on laboratory style in which students will have an opportunity to play and learn about the following basic popular music instruments:  beginning piano, beginning guitar, beginning percussion, electronic music techniques, including recording and sound reinforcement.  The important social, political and cultural elements of popular music will be studied and analyzed.

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course:  A1-9, H-S1, M2

College Preparatory – 0882CP

Music Theory, Music Arranging, & Music Improvisation – 0883H 

Grades 9 – 12 — 1 Credit — Full Year

This course will provide an opportunity for all students with a musical background to have a chance to study the important fundamentals of music theory, basic piano technique, sight reading and sight singing techniques, musical composition, basic arranging, and improvisation and conducting.  The course is designed to help the more serious music student learn the elements of musicianship necessary for becoming a mature advanced level musician. 

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course:  A1-8, H-S1, M2

Honors – 0883H 

Concert Choir – 0874CP / 0875H

Grades 9 – 12 — 1 Credit — Full Year

Concert Choir is an elective open to any student interested in learning to sing properly.  If you love to sing, then this course is for you. Emphasis is placed on the development of vocal skills, music literacy basic of music analysis, beginning sight singing techniques, and music listening skills. The choir will sing music in a variety of styles, and learn the basics of proper vocal techniques. Beginning singers with no prior experience can really develop in this course.   Members may be asked to attend extra rehearsals as needed to meet the Choir’s performance objectives.  Students should maintain a minimum average grade of “C” to enroll for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year.  Level placement is by audition.

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course:  A1-9, H3, WL2

College Preparatory – 0874CP
Honors – 0875H

Chamber Singers – 0881CP / 0881 H

Grades 9 – 12 —  .5 Credits — 3x/Cycle – Full Year

Chamber Singers is a highly select, mixed choir made up of advanced level singers. Entrance is by audition only.  Auditions will be held in the early spring to facilitate scheduling for the fall. The curriculum for the chamber singers will emphasize the development of solo vocal skills, advanced music literacy, standards for music analysis, advanced sight singing techniques, music listening skills, and music history. This choir is for experienced, advanced level vocalists; who are committed to performance of high quality choral repertoire.  Members will be asked to attend weekly sectionals and extra rehearsals are needed in order to meet the choir’s active performance schedule.  The chamber choir will be the primary touring vocal ensemble at Foxborough High School.

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course:  A1-9, H3, WL2

Honors – 0881H
College Preparatory – 0881CP

Jazz Choir Workshop I & II – 0876CP / 0877H          

Grades 9 – 12 — .5 Credits — 3x/Cycle – Full Year

This course is open to any student enrolled in the choir, band, or orchestra.  The emphasis of the group will be performing vocal jazz arrangements and learning jazz improvisation techniques.  Students will be asked to attend extra sectionals and rehearsals, as needed, to meet the choirs’ exciting concert performance objectives.  Level placement is by audition.

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course:  A1-9, H3

College Preparatory – 0876CP
Honors – 0877H

String Orchestra – 0878CP / 0879H

Grades 9 – 12 — 1 Credit — Full Year

This course is open to any student who plays violin, viola, cello, or string bass. The participants will be expected to perform with the orchestra in concert performances and take one lesson per week privately or from the music staff.  The orchestra will study a wide range of orchestral repertoire, and annually maintain an exciting concert performance schedule.  The string orchestra will be combined with wind, brass and percussion players to form a Full Symphony orchestra.  Student must maintain a minimum average grade of ‘C’ to enroll for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year.  Level placement is by audition.

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course:  A1-9, H3, W-L2.

College Preparatory – 0878CP
Honors – 0879H

Concert Band – 0870CP / 0871H

Grades 9 – 12 — 1 Credit — Full Year

This course is open to any interested student who desires to become proficient on a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument.  The participants will be expected to perform with the band at the halftime shows at home football games and concert performances, take one lesson per week privately or with the music staff, and also attend extra sectionals and rehearsals as needed to meet the band's performance objectives.  Components of the Concert Band include the Marching Band, Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Winds, and a select Wind Ensemble for more advanced players.  The band will study and perform the finest quality wind literature and maintain an exciting performance schedule.  The student must maintain a minimum average grade of ‘C’ to enroll for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year. Level placement is by audition.

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course:  A1-9, H3, WL2

College Preparatory – 0870CP
Honors   – 0871H

Jazz Ensemble Workshops I & II – 0872CP / 0873H

Grades 9 – 12 — .5 Credits — 3x/Cycle – Full Year

These two ensembles, one advanced and one intermediate are for members of the band, chorus or orchestra, who are interested in studying jazz.  Elements of jazz theory, improvisation and interpretation will be studied including big band and small combo settings.  Students will be asked to attend extra sectionals and rehearsals as necessary to meet the ensemble's performance schedule.  Ensemble placement is by audition.

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course:  A1-9, H3

College Preparatory – 0872CP
Honors  – 0873H

Guitar Class – 0888CP

Grades 9 – 12 — .5 Credits — Semester

Have you ever wished you could play guitar? In guitar class, students will learn playing technique, how to read music from traditional notation and “TAB. And play accompaniments as well as melodies. This is a beginning course, focusing on skill such as “open position” chords and note reading. Acoustic guitars will be available through the music department, and students may also use their own acoustic or electric instruments. Playing guitar requires the development of significant motor skills; home practice is required.

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course:  A1-9, H3

College Preparatory – 0888CP
New Course – 2012-2013

Music Technology – 0889CP

Grades 9 – 12 — .5 Credits — Semester

Have you ever wondered what is involved with recording an album, editing audio for the radio, or writing the film score for a movie? Music Technology is a course that uses the computer as its main tool to understand the recording, composition, and notation of many musical styles. Topics include basic use of multi-track mixing and sequencing software, the MIDI (Music Instrument Digital Interface) system, and microphone and mixing board use. Students will learn by doing, creating their own music compositions, film soundtracks, and podcasts. Reading assignment, web-based homework, and recording projects will require weekly work outside of class.

Expectations for graduates addressed in this course:  A1-9, H-S1, M2

College Preparatory – 0889CP
New Course – 2012-2013