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Advanced Guitar

COURSE: Advanced Guitar
GRADE: 9 -12
PREREQUISITES: Beginning guitar and must provide own guitar.
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

Advanced Guitar is designed for the more experienced player. This course focuses on advanced techniques and repertoire.

Traditional musical notation is emphasized through classical guitar music. Students will work more with finger dexterity and coordination as well as advanced chords and voicing techniques.

Teacher: Mr.Snodgrass

Band

COURSE: Band
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: Previous experience or training
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
-Students must provide own instruments or rent (specialty) instruments from the school.

-Previous experience and training is necessary.

-Uniform care and maintenance are required. Annual rental fees paid by the students apply to the dry-cleaning costs.

-The study and performance of concert band literature is the major goal and emphasis of the year, and participation is mandatory. Concert performances include the Fall Concert, Christmas Concert, Pre-District Festival Concert, District Music Festival, Pops Concert, the Southern Montana Invitational Band Festival, and Graduation Ceremonies.

-Performance activities also include marching band at football games and parades, pep band at 18 home volleyball games, boys basketball games, and girls basketball games. As many as nine post-season athletic tournaments are also a possibility. There are many other community performances throughout the year, including rodeo parades, Memorial Day Services, and various holiday activities.

-Grading is determined largely by participation, and by graded solos, and periodic testing.

-Chair seating is determined by audition on assigned literature.

-Goals are reached through a cooperative team effort in daily rehearsals that is an integral part of the student's evaluation for grading.

Teacher: Mr.Snodgrass

Beginning Guitar

COURSE: Beginning Guitar
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: Must provide own guitar.
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Beginning Guitar is designed for very beginning players. This class focuses on a well rounded approach to the guitar.

Students will learn to read standard notation, TAB, chord chart, and lead sheet.

Students will exit this class with a large notebook of songs and the skills to play recreational guitar for any occassion.

Teacher: Mr.Snodgrass

Chorus

COURSE: Chorus
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Chorus is a class in the fundamentals of singing. Group and solo singing techniques are both taught. Attendance at concerts and other public performances is mandatory. These concerts are usually held in the evening.

Teacher:

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is an extra-curricular group of band students.







Students in this course work specifically on Jazz concepts and techniques. Improv, articulation, and style are some of the key concepts we cover.







Jazz band meets once a week for rehearsal, and preformance at many events throughout the school year.







This course is an auditioned ensemble and features the best musicians at SGHS.

Teacher: Mr.Snodgrass

Music History

COURSE: Music History
GRADE: 9 -12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

Music History is designed for students of all musical abilities and backgrounds. This course focuses on the development of Western Music from Antiquity to Pop Music.

The class will explore additional historical points of interest. Societal changes, revolutions, wars, inventions, and much more will provide a better understanding of the changing forms in music.

Teacher: Mr.Snodgrass

World Music

COURSE: World Music
GRADE: 9 -12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

World Music is designed for all students curious in learning more about non-western cultures and their music. This course focuses on playing as a means to better understand cultures and music.

The class will focus on the music of Africa, Latin America, Australia, Asia, and Native America.

Teacher: Mr.Snodgrass
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