• Music


    As one of the disciplines identified within the Massachusetts Common Core of Learning, the inclusion of the Fine and Performing Arts within the basic curriculum is essential.

    Students at Marlborough High School have the opportunity to experience music through a comprehensive, sequential curriculum taught by music specialists. We believe that if they are to participate in a truly diverse, global society, students must receive a well-rounded education.

    As one of the disciplines identified within the Massachusetts Common Core of Learning, the inclusion of the Fine and Performing Arts within the basic curriculum is essential. 

    Students at Marlborough High School have the opportunity to experience music through a comprehensive, sequential curriculum taught by music specialists. We believe that if they are to participate in a truly diverse, global society, students must receive a well-rounded education. 

     

    CONCERT BAND  

    This course is open to any interested student who desires to become proficient on a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. All participants will be expected to perform with the band at all rehearsals after school, parades, concerts, festivals, and halftime shows for all home football games.  Course emphasizes on continuing to develop technique, performance skills, music reading skills, musicianship, and an appreciation for playing a variety of musical styles including standard wind literature in a large ensemble. The final instrumentation and roster personnel are at the sole discretion of the ensemble director and music department supervisor. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    WIND ENSEMBLE  

    The members of the Wind Ensemble are selected by audition. The audition process will begin in May for selecting the instrumentation for the following year. The audition material for this select group may include some or all of the following: scales and arpeggios, chromatic scale over the working range of the instrument, any selection of music literature currently being studied, and sight reading. Students in this ensemble are expected to attend all rehearsals after school, parades, concerts, festivals, and halftime shows for all home football games. Performance repertoire will include masterworks for the wind band and advanced 20th century compositions. Emphasis is placed on independence of parts, technical proficiency, and musical interpretation. A minimum of one year’s experience in Concert Band is strongly recommended. The final instrumentation and roster personnel are at the sole discretion of the ensemble director and music department supervisor. 

    PREREQUISITE: Audition required. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    MIXED CHORUS

    This course is open to any student who desires to become a proficient singer in a group setting. Through singing two, three and four-part harmony, students will learn more about breath support, diction, musical interpretation, harmony, blend and other elements of proper vocal technique. Members will sing music in a variety of styles, both accompanied and unaccompanied. Members will become familiar with reading music by using Kodaly hand symbols and the “moveable do” solfege system. Attendance at all concerts, rehearsals, festivals and community performances is expected. The final instrumentation and roster personnel are at the sole discretion of the ensemble director and the music department supervisor.

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    JAZZ ENSEMBLE  

    The members of this ensemble are selected by audition. The audition process will begin in May for selecting instrumentation for the following year. This group is designed for students with sufficient musical skill who would like to develop an understanding of and ability to perform music of various jazz style with specific instrumentation. The group will be limited to saxophones, trumpets, trombones, keyboard players, percussionists, bass, and guitar. Music selected will include rock, soul, jazz, swing, and standards. Students in this ensemble are expected to attend all rehearsals, concerts, festivals and community performances. The final instrumentation and roster personnel are at the sole discretion of the ensemble director and music department supervisor. 

    PREREQUISITE: Audition required. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    MUSIC PRODUCTION I

    This course is designed for the beginner, intermediate or advanced student of music who is interested in learning the basics of digital audio production in a collaborative lab setting. Using GarageBand, students learn to record, arrange and produce their own music through a variety of project based tasks that will deepen their understanding of music theory, song structure and genre. This course will offer exposure to new vocabulary and an opportunity to listen to and review a variety of full length albums chosen by their classmates. 

    Semester course: 2 Credits 

     

    MUSIC PRODUCTION II 

    This course is designed for the intermediate or advanced student of music who is interested in expanding on the knowledge they acquired in Music Production. Using GarageBand, ProTools, Melodyne and a variety of plugins, students will record, arrange and produce their own music through a variety of project based tasks that will explore advanced studio production skills. This course will offer exposure to new vocabulary and an opportunity to listen to and review a variety of “classic” full length albums chosen by their instructor.

    PREREQUISITE: Music Production or recommendation from the Music Production teacher. 

    Semester course: 2 Credits 

     

    PIANO WORKSHOP  

    Piano Workshop is a semester course offered for students in grades 9-12. The course is a performance based class for students with little or no piano playing experience or for advanced students. It is designed to introduce the fundamentals of music through piano playing and the opportunity to develop basic guitar playing skills or to improve/expand existing skills.Students will learn how to read music notes and rhythms, learn common musical terms and symbols, and learn to play basic piano chords and chord progressions. Various types of piano music will be played while learning how to play piano using chords and melody.

    Semester course: 2 Credits 

     

    GUITAR WORKSHOP  

    Guitar Workshop is a semester course offered for students in grades 9-12. The course is a performance based class for students with little or no guitar playing experience or for advanced students. It is designed to introduce the fundamentals of music through guitar playing and the experience and opportunity to develop basic guitar playing skills or to improve/expand existing skills.Students will learn how to read music notes, rhythms, guitar tabs, and chords, as well as learning common musical terms and symbols. Emphasis will also focus on learning fingerstyle playing and basic strumming techniques while performing a variety of different song styles as a soloist, with a partner, and as an ensemble.

    Semester course: 2 Credits 

     

    FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSICIANSHIP 

    This course is designed for students interested in understanding the fundamental elements of music. Students will develop their written and aural skills through reading, listening to, analyzing and constructing musical examples. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to comprehend universal musical notation. Students interested in AP Music Theory should strongly consider this course first.

    Semester course: 2 Credits 

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY  

    This course is designed for the serious music student who wishes to complete music studies comparable to a first-year college course in music theory. The ultimate goal of an AP Music Theory course is 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 score. Working towards this goal, music skills which include aural recognition, sight-singing, composition and analysis are developed through a series of exercises such as listening, performance, four-part writing, harmonization, music dictation, and music analysis. The development of aural skills is a primary objective. A software program accompanies the main text so that students may work independently for additional training and reinforcement. Students are required to take the AP Music Theory exam in May. Recommended for those intending to major in music in college. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of summer theory assignment and basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument.  Fundamentals of Musicianship course recommended. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    STRING ENSEMBLE  

    String Ensemble is a whole year course that is open to any students in grades 9-12 who have experience in playing a string instrument. The course emphasizes on developing technique, performance skills, music reading skills, musicianship, and an appreciation for playing a variety of musical styles including standard orchestral music in a large ensemble. String Ensemble performs several concerts throughout the school year, All participants will be expected to participate in all concerts, festivals, rehearsals, and community performances. The final instrumentation and roster personnel are at the sole discretion of the ensemble director and the supervisor of music. 

    PREREQUISITE: Previous experience and lessons on a string instrument encouraged. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits 

     

    A CAPPELLA CHOIR/SIGHT-SINGING

    The members of this ensemble are selected by audition in May for admission into the following year’s ensemble. The audition material may include some of all of the following: scales and arpeggios, tonal recall, a prepared classical solo and sight-reading. This course is designed for the experienced singer who wishes to explore a variety of musical literature from a wide range of time periods, cultures and languages. The music is most often performed with little to no accompaniment, thus developing the student’s musical ear and strengthening harmonic singing. Through singing two, three and four-part harmony, students will learn more about breath support, diction, musical interpretation, harmony, blend and other elements of proper vocal technique. Emphasis will be placed on the development of sight-singing skills using Kodaly hand symbols and the “moveable do” solfege system. The final instrumentation and roster personnel are at the sole discretion of the ensemble director and the music department supervisor.

    PREREQUISITE: Audition required. 

    Full year course: 4 Credits

     

    LEARN TO JAM

    This is a class for beginning, intermediate, and advanced musicians. In this class, students will learn how to play multiple instruments. Students will learn the fundamentals of music through performing with others. Units will include: “Four-Chord Songs”, Bucket Drumming, Boom-Whacker Band, and Rock/Pop Covers. Students should expect high energy instruction in a very positive and safe environment. 

    Semester course: 2 Credits 

     

    English Music Learners

    This is a class for beginning English Language Learners who want to use singing as a way to develop confidence and competence in their new language. Through singing a variety of songs in a group setting, we will focus on diction, translation and interpretation as a way to improve English language skills and connection to our musical selves.

    Semester course: 2 Credits