RHS Music Department

Faculty

John Piazza Jr. (Department Head)

Victoria McComb

GRADE 9GRADE 10GRADE 11GRADE 12
Concert Band

Chorus

Music and Film

Concert Band

Chorus

Music and Film

American Popular Music & Social Issues

Concert Band

Chorus

Music and Film

American Popular Music & Social Issues

Concert Band

Chorus

Music and Film

American Popular Music & Social Issues

CONCERT BAND (1 Credit) (Grades 9-12)

The concert band is an instrumental performing ensemble.  The band curriculum focuses on important fundamentals of tone production, ensemble playing, site reading, musical interpretation and style, rhythm studies, scale and chord studies.  The course offers students a chance to perform many different classical and popular styles of wind band literature.  Students in the Concert Band may elect to attend a weekly leadership seminar.  Students are expected to abide by the requirements detailed in the Music Department’s Policy & Procedure manual.

 

CHORUS (1 Credit) (Grades 9-12)

Chorus is open to all students interested in performing, developing vocal skills, and learning about music theory, history, and culture. Repertoire will include popular, sacred, and secular music from throughout music history.

 

MUSIC AND FILM (½ Credit) (Grades 9-12)

This course will introduce students to the music of motion pictures. Students will gain an appreciation for the music found in film as well as the composers who write the music. In addition to studying the film music process and history, listening to film scores and studying motion pictures will be an important part of this course. No prior music experience is necessary.

 

AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC & SOCIAL ISSUES (½ Credit) (Grades 10-12)

This course will study popular music in the United States in order to understand significant social, economic and cultural transformations during the last century.  The course will study how popular music has reflected attitudes about social issues such as slavery, the labor movement, civil rights, war & peace, world hunger, LGBT issues and gender equality.  The class will devote time to discussing the role popular music played in mass cultural change by bringing together Americans of all classes, races and genders.  The class will spend considerable time listening to, analyzing and discussing important songs by musical artists such as Louis Armstrong, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Harry Chapin, Madonna, Queen, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, George Michael and Katy Perry.

Students in the RHS concert band rehearse year-round, taking band class at the beginning of each day. The Concert Band performs in the Holiday Concert, Broadway Night and Spring Pops Concert and community events such as Veterans’ and Memorial Day Parades.

 

Band students also participate in the Marching and Pep Bands, performing Rock and Pop classics at school pep rallies and home football Games.

 

RHS also boasts a fantastic chorus which rehearses at the end of each day. The Chorus performs in the Holiday Concert, Broadway Night, and the Spring Pops Concert. You can also hear these students in Rockland’s annual Holiday Stroll!

Music students attend festivals such as UNH Band Day, The Berklee Jazz Festival and Six Flags to name a few. RHS hosts clinics like “All Ears Jazz” where guest artists work with with our students.

Most of all, being involved in the music program is FUN!

 

 

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