Westmont High Music
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Concert Band is a class during the school day that is the 9th grade band at Westmont. Freshmen are automatically enrolled in this class unless a need arises in a higher-level band and the student has the skills necessary to perform at that level. At least 2 concerts during the evening are required, one in Winter and one in Spring.
Symphonic Band is a performance-based ensemble open to students who have prior experience on their instrument and the ability to read music. Many styles of music are studied from classical to modern works. Study includes the care and cultivation of tone, building technique, responsible rehearsal habits, listening skills, and the ability to analyze and evaluate music and music performances. Several performances outside the school day may be required.
This advanced band course is designed to extend the development of the serious music student. The class explores concert repertoire of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The ensemble performs frequently and may include travel and festivals. Rehearsals outside the class period may be required to prepare for concerts and festivals.
In Concert Choir, students gain the knowledge and skills that enable them to sing all levels of music literature in a choir. This principle singing group performs at several concerts, festivals, or other events during the school year. Participation at all performances is required. All aspects of music literature are studied, ranging from early classics to contemporary music.
Marching Band consists of wind and percussion players and auxiliaries, such as flags, rifles, shields, etc. Students learn the basics of marching, field show movement, and how to execute intricate marching patterns. Students also learn terms and concepts associated with performing and the fundamentals of performance on the instrument or equipment of their choice. This ensemble performs frequently at the school site as well as at numerous off-campus venues, including band camp in the summer. A materials donation will be requested.
This course extends the skills developed in other music classes and adds jazz technique to the classically trained musician. Emphasis is placed in the areas of jazz history, theory, and performance. Students enrolled in Jazz Ensemble learn the fundamental aspects of jazz through the performance of standard literature from the 1920‘s to the present. Students perform at two or more concerts and festivals per year. All performances are required.Prerequisite: Audition.
AP Music Theory
This course is a college-level, AP course. Students learn the fundamentals of music theory. Covers the first semester of what a student would take in college.
The Music Boosters are parents and community members who help the Music Department through fundraising, driving, equipment repairs, uniform & dress maintenance.