Music Curriculum

Courses

MU712 – CHAMBER/JAZZ ORCHESTRA: (1/2 CREDIT) STRINGS, BRASS, WOODWINDS, PERCUSSION

MU712/713-CHAMBER/JAZZ ORCHESTRA: (1 CREDIT) STRINGS, BRASS, WOODWINDS, PERCUSSION
This instrumental ensemble is a performing group that includes all four band/orchestral families and
participates in concerts and other performances. The course includes techniques in reading music, music theory, transposition, and arranging music for the group. Students will become acquainted with a variety of music through the literature that they play. Students need to have played their instruments for at least two years within the past three years of enrollment and own their own instruments. Beaumont does not provide any instruments. Private study in the student’s instrument is encouraged but not required, however if there is no private study, student should have played in an instrumental ensemble for two out of the past three years. If there is no ensemble experience or private study for two years, an audition will be required. Guitarists are not appropriate for this ensemble, unless they can read standard music notation and upon approval of the instructor. Only two percussionists will be admitted per quarter. It is highly recommended that participants take this class for two quarters for optimal educational value. Pianists should enroll in piano class unless approved by instructor.

0.5 credit or 1 credit – open to all grades
Prerequisite: Successful audition and or recommendation and completion of an application
(see addendum for application form)

MU730 - PIANO I
This class is for aspiring young pianists who have always wanted to play the piano or who studied for a
short time when younger. Emphasis is on music reading skills and music fundamentals, fingering, and skill appropriate repertoire. Access to a piano or keyboard is strongly recommended as daily practice is a requirement for building piano skills. This class is recommended for students who have had zero to two years of piano study. Please pay close attention to the course description to ensure you are placed in the correct level. If there are any questions, contact Dr. Litteral. Access to a keyboard or piano is required.

0.5 credit - open to grades 11, 12 and grade 10 as space is available

MU731- PIANO II
This class is for the young pianist who has studied two to five years or who has completed Piano I and has
some knowledge of music fundamentals. Emphasis is on building musicianship skills, skill appropriate repertoire, simple composition and arranging. Please pay close attention to the course description to ensure you are placed in the correct level. If there are any questions, contact Dr. Litteral. Access to a piano or keyboard is required.

0.5 credit – open to grades 11 and 12
Prerequisite: Piano I or at least two years of piano lessons within the last four years.

MU740 - BEAUMONT WOMEN’S CHOIR
This choir is for all those who have always wanted to participate in a choral ensemble, but have little or
no choir experience. Open to all grade levels, this choir will work on good vocal production, music reading fundamentals, and skill appropriate repertoire as recommended by the National Standards in the Fine Arts. This choir is recommended for those who do not read music or have never sung in two or more parts. No prior experience is necessary and no audition is required. Participation in all concerts that are scheduled for the quarter in which the choir meets is required.

0.5 credit – open to all grades

MU741 - BEAUMONT WOMEN’S CHORALE (1/2 CREDIT )

MU741/742 - BEAUMONT WOMEN’S CHORALE (1 CREDIT)
This choir is for all those who have at least one year of choir experience or have taken a choir class at
Beaumont. This choir is open to all ages and will sing in two to three parts. No audition is necessary, but it is highly recommended that you have some music skills and have participated in choirs that have sung
in more than one part before. This choir will continue to build good vocal production music fundamentals, and will sing skill appropriate repertoire as recommended by the National Standards in the Fine Arts No audition is required. This is an excellent class to pair with Women’s Choir for a full year of music experience. Participation in all concerts that are scheduled for the quarter in which the choir meets is required.

0.5 credit or 1 credit - open to all grades
Prerequisite: Women’s Choir or other choral experience

MU752/753 - ADVANCED ENSEMBLE – VOICES OF HARMONY
An auditioned advanced performing traveling ensemble that sings all styles of music, has good basic
knowledge of music fundamentals, and employs the use of movement and choreography in some of its performances. This intensive performing ensemble will meet for two quarters, participate in many performances and compete in district and state level (when applicable) choral festivals. Singers are required to purchase performance attire and pay some travel expenses. This class may be taken for honors level credit during senior year if all requirements are met.

1 credit – open to grades 10, 11, and 12
Prerequisite: successful audition and previous musical experience

MU760 -761– HONORS ADVANCED ENSEMBLE – VOICES OF HARMONY
Students wishing to enroll in Honors Advanced Ensemble during their senior year must have fulfilled the
following requirements: Participated in Advanced Ensemble or two other music classes at least one year prior to senior year and received a letter grade of A or better.

1 credit – grade 12 only
Prerequisite: at least one credit of music classes

MU770 – VOICE
This class will introduce and develop within each student an understanding of good vocal technique and proper vocal habits for the solo performer. A variety of music suitable for building a solid vocal technique will be used. Different styles of music will be explored as well as performance and audition techniques will be learned. Students will perform in a final recital. This is not a choir class. It is a class that concentrates on building the solo voice and learning solo repertoire.

0.5 credit – open to grades 11 and 12 (offered ‘14 –‘15 and ‘16 –’17)
Prerequisite: 0.5 credit of Chorus

MU780 - HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
This course traces the history of the American musical theater from the 19th century British imports to the
sounds of today, while exploring its important sociological, historical and musical trends. Students will learn the basics of musical theater production while preparing their own musical theater project.

0.5 credit – open to grades 10, 11, 12 (offered ‘13 –‘14 and ’15 -‘16)

MU785 - WOMEN'S MUSIC HISTORY
A study of music history through the lives and experiences of women. Women have made rich
contributions to music throughout history though their involvement has all too often been forgotten. This course will explore music and history through the lives and experiences of women, both as composers and performers, from early music composers such as Hildegard Von Bingen to present day women such as Carole King, Lady Gaga and Alicia Keyes.

0.5 credit – open to grades 10, 11, 12

MU790 - MUSIC THEORY I – (Musicianship skills and Fundamentals)
This class is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of music. This class stresses basic
music skills including rhythm, sight singing, and beginning compositional techniques. A strong emphasis is placed on critical thinking when learning music fundamentals. Some music background is very helpful in this course.

0.5 credit – open to all grades (offered ‘13 –‘14 and ’15 -‘16)
Prerequisite: Music background or Piano I
*This course is highly recommended for students who wish to major or minor in any type of music in college.

MU792/793 AP MUSIC THEORY
This course is designed to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic
materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a musical score. It also covers the aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, elementary composition, history and style. The student must be able to read and write musical notation. It is strongly recommended that the student will have acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument prior to taking this course. Since this course will follow a college music theory curriculum, the music fundamentals course is a prerequisite for this class, or the student may take a theory placement test. The AP Music Theory class will be offered every other year, rotating with the music fundamentals course. AP Music is a full semester course.
1 credit – open to grades 10, 11, 12 (offered ’14 -‘15 and ’16 -’17)
Prerequisite: Music Theory I or a Music Placement Test