December 13, 2018
Instructors
Danielle Conerty, Instrumental Music

conertyd@hartfordschools.net
802-295-8610 Ext. *2536

Andrea Nardone, Vocal Music

nardonea@hartfordschools.net
802-295-8610 Ext. *2136

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Concert Band

The Hartford High School Concert Band presents and encourages music performance at Hartford High School. Concert Band and is open to all qualified students in grades 9-12 who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. The Concert Band studies music from many different historical periods, presenting diverse musical styles and genres. Dedication to improvement of individual and group skills and musical knowledge is essential to participate in concert band, and individual practice outside of rehearsal is expected. Members of the band attend weekly small-group chamber music instruction through a pull-out lesson program. Students will be expected to perform assignments regularly with emphasis on rhythm reading and producing an appropriate tone. All band members are encouraged to participate in pep band. Students are eligible to represent Hartford High School through music festivals at the district, state, and regional levels. All students are welcome.

While this course is taught at the “standard” level, students will have the opportunity to earn an “advanced” credit by applying to do so through the teacher.


Concert Choir
The Hartford High School Concert Choir presents and encourages music performance at Hartford High School. Concert Choir and is open to all qualified students in grades 9-12.Vocal screening assessment will take place each year for all students in chorus The Concert Choir studies music from many different historical periods, presenting diverse musical styles and genres. Dedication to improvement of individual and group skills and musical knowledge is essential to participate in concert choir, and individual practice outside of rehearsal is expected. Students will be expected to perform assignments regularly with emphasis on sight reading. Students are eligible to represent Hartford High School through music festivals at the district, state, and regional levels. All students are welcome.

While this course is taught at the “standard” level, students will have the opportunity to earn an “advanced” credit by applying to do so through the teacher.

 
Concert Choir/Concert Band
Choir/Band allows students to participate in both Band and Choir. Students, who elect to do so take on the work and responsibility of both groups.  Class time is divided between Band and Choir.

While this course is taught at the “standard” level, students will have the opportunity to earn an “advanced” credit by applying to do so through the teacher.

 
Broadway Performance 1
“Start spreading the news because this is one singular sensation of a course.” This course will explore all aspects of Broadway Performance. Students will explore the history of musical theater and address the unique challenges of the Broadway performer through work with scenes, ensemble, small group, and solo songs, characterizations, and choreography. Students who have never sung and/or acted before are more than welcome to join the class.

While this course is taught at the “standard” level, students will have the opportunity to earn an “advanced” credit by applying to do so through the teacher.


Broadway Performance 2
This course will be a continuation of Broadway Performance 1. Students will direct and block their own scenes and choreograph and teach their own dances. Students will perform scenes, solos, duets, small ensemble numbers, and large group dances. During this class we will continue exploring various musicals throughout the decades and discuss various changes that have occured over the years to make the Broadway musical what it is today.

While this course is taught at the “standard” level, students will have the opportunity to earn an “advanced” credit by applying to do so through the teacher.

Explorations of America's Popular Music
What does it take to survive in America’s cut throat music industry? This course studies the trends of American popular music. We will begin with the Motown Record Company in the 1950s, and continue analyzing music from each decade up to present day and the future. Through our exploration we will connect our country’s historical, political, and cultural events to the musical happenings of  the time and discover ways in which music has affected society.

Guitar 1
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play your favorite song on the guitar? This course is designed for students who have little no experience playing the guitar. Throughout the semester, students will read and play all types of chords from major/minor to barre/power chords, practice different strumming patterns, and explore techniques of improvising solo licks.. Students will also be exposed to musical notation and basic music theory.  As a class, we will work on a variety of solo and ensemble pieces in an assortment of musical genres. Guitars will be provided.

Guitar 2
This course is an extension of Guitar 1. Throughout this course students will expand upon their knowledge of the fretboard and guitar techniques. We will read and play more advanced chords and be exposed to upper level music theory and rhythmic notation. Students will have the opportunity to improvise and compose their own melodies/pieces.

Music in Film and TV
This course is an exploration of American film and TV through the study of music. This course will be broken up into two units. During the first unit, students will study the use of music in films from the early days of Hollywood through today’s blockbuster hits. Students will also examine the use of original music and the repurposing of popular music in films. During the second unit, we will study what role music plays in your favorite TV shows. This course will look at the famous film/TV composers who have brought some of our most endearing music to life.

 

Music Theory (offered every other year: next 2019-2020)
Music not only provides a way for students to express themselves artistically, but also enhances intelligence and creativity. This course is designed to help the more serious music student learn the elements of musicianship necessary for becoming a mature advanced level musician. Students will study the language and symbols of music beginning with the construction of major and minor scales, the circle of fifths, interval training, chord construction and analysis, chord recognition, musical notation, four-part writing, and aural skills. Due to the amount of material that is covered, previous music reading experience is highly recommended.
 

World Drumming
This course is all about drumming! Every culture on the planet has some form of drumming, and this course will offer a hands-on exploration of various drumming and rhythm traditions. In this class we will play various percussive instruments such as: djembes, tubano, talking drums, buffalo drums, and other assortments of hand percussion. Throughout this course students will experience music of African, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. No previous music experience is needed to take this class. All skills will be taught in the class through traditional call and response and aural learning. All instruments will be provided for use. Nothing “beats” this!

Jazz Band (Extra-curricular)

Chamber Choir (Extra-curricular)
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