INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC – COURSE CATALOG

The courses listed here count toward Instrumental Music Arts Conservatory credit. When two courses are taken within the same conservatory, students qualify for a conservatory letter. Students should also register for PreMaster and Master certification courses to be prepared to graduate certified within their conservatory.

COURSE: ADVANCED CHOIR I
COURSE NUMBER: 140
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective under UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Dance, Cirque
HESPERIA COURSES: Period 4
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hekel) Period 4
DESCRIPTION: Advanced Choir I is a course for students who qualify for advanced music instruction through audition. This course is designed to increase the vocal skill and performance levels of each student and to develop aesthetic and cultural values through critical listening, music theory, and sight singing. Students will sing a wide range of literature form a variety of time periods, languages, cultures and styles. Students will perform medium to difficult, high school choral literature for performances in concerts and festivals. Emphasis will be placed on small ensemble One-Voice-per-Part Acappella material including jazz and Classical selections. From the study of these various styles, students will attain enhanced awareness of the history and events surrounding the development of choral literature.

COURSE: BAND B (INTERMEDIATE BAND / CONCERT BAND)
COURSE NUMBER: 133
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Beginning Band Recommended / Level III Conservatory
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Forbes) Period 9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Pahmeier) Period 9
DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge that will enhance understanding and enjoyment of music. The course is for those who have an adequate command of their instrument: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, or percussion. Aside from advancing the techniques and intricacies of each instrument, the students will review and continue building upon their foundation of music theory through which they will begin to aesthetically value the aural art. By the end of the school year, each student should be prepared to enter the advanced level band, playing medium-easy to advanced level music.

COURSE: BAND & STRINGS A (BEGINNING STRINGS I)
COURSE NUMBER: 124
A-G: 10 Credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Conservatory Audition. Level I
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Forbes) Periods 1,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Pahmeier) Periods 1,8
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge that will enhance understanding and enjoyment of music. The course is for those who are embarking on a journey to learn the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Aside from the techniques and intricacies of ?? each instruments, the students will establish a strong foundation of music theory through which they will begin to aesthetically value the aural art. By the end of the school year, each student should be comfortable in wielding their violin, viola, cello, or bass and be able to play basic to intermediate level exercises and music.

Beginning Strings is meant to introduce a student to music, theory, and performance. Students will be able to identify and notate music and perform on an instrument with a basic degree of musicianship. Students will perform in large group settings but also be required to play solo and ensemble music. Establishing composition, theory, and sight singing are an integral part of all student training.

COURSE: BAND & STRINGS A (INTERMEDIATE STRINGS II)
COURSE NUMBER: 124
A-G: 10 Credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Conservatory Audition. Level II
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Forbes) Periods 1,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Pahmeier) Periods 1,8
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge that will enhance understanding and enjoyment of music. The course is for those who are embarking on a journey to learn the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Aside from the techniques and intricacies of ?? each instruments, the students will establish a strong foundation of music theory through which they will begin to aesthetically value the aural art. By the end of the school year, each student should be comfortable in wielding their violin, viola, cello, or bass and be able to play basic to intermediate level exercises and music.

Beginning Strings is meant to introduce a student to music, theory, and performance. Students will be able to identify and notate music and perform on an instrument with a basic degree of musicianship. Students will perform in large group settings but also be required to play solo and ensemble music. Establishing composition, theory, and sight singing are an integral part of all student training.

COURSE: BAND & STRINGS B (Intermediate Strings Level III)
COURSE NUMBER: 127
A-G: 10 Credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Conservatory Audition. Level III
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Forbes) Period 4
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Pahmeier) Period 4
DESCRIPTION: Intermediate Strings is meant for students who have satisfactorily completed the Beginning Strings course to advance a student in music, theory, and performance. Students will be able to identify and notate music and perform on an instrument with an intermediate to advanced degree of musicianship. The students in this class will have an acceptable command of their instrument: violin, viola, cello or bass. They will also have to be able to read music fluently to take part in this class. Students will not have to write fingerings for their music as it should be fluently understood by this point. Students will perform in large group settings but also be required to play solo and ensemble music.

This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge that will enhance understanding and enjoyment of music. The course is for those who have an adequate command of their isntrument: violin, viola, cello, or bass. Aside from advancing the techniques and intricacies of each instrument, the students will review and continue building upon their foundation of music theory through which they will begin to aesthetically value the aural art. By the end of the school year, each student should be prepared to enter the advanced level orchestra, playing medium-easy to advanced level music.

COURSE: BEGINNING BAND / BEGINNING MUSIC
COURSE NUMBER: 134
A-G: Pending Review for Fine Art Credit
PREREQUISITE: Level 1 Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music 
HESPERIA COURSES: (Forbes) Period 2
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Pahmeier) Period 2
DESCRIPTION: This course is the first course in the series of musical ensembles that a student musician can be a part of. Students have an opportunity to play with other beginning musicians. Beginning elements of music theory are also covered.

COURSE: DRUMLINE
COURSE NUMBER: 1310
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F)
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 4
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 4
DESCRIPTION: Percussion Ensemble is meant to introduce a student to music, theory, and performance. Students will be able to identify and notate music and perform on an instrument with a basic degree of musicianship. Students will perform in large group settings but also be required to play solo and ensemble music. Establishing composition, theory, and sight singing are an integral part of all student training.

COURSE: GUITAR I
COURSE NUMBER: 129
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 2,3,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 2,3,6
DESCRIPTION: This year-long course is intended for students with minimal previous experience playing the guitar. Students will be guided through the steps of learning and mastering all necessary basic techniques and skills needed to become a successful contemporary guitarist. They will be thought to identify, and resolve problems associated with playing the instrument at the beginning and the early intermediate levels. In the scope of the course will be covered the following topics: correct body posture including proper left- and right-hand positions, guitar basics, note reading and the application of musical elements, chord study, rhythm strumming, use of “pima” technique, flat-picking, ear training, aural skills development, music theory, identification and analysis of musical form, arranging and composition of short melodies, improvisation and performance as a soloist, accompanist and as a member of a small and large ensemble. Students will explore the role of the instrument in todays’ society through learning to perform in various styles as guitarists including classical, blues, rock, jazz, flamenco, contemporary and other. As part of the class students will create a collage representing what music, and in particular the guitar, means to them and the way it relates to their real-life experiences in the cultural and historic contexts. Besides being performers themselves, students will learn to listen, analyze, and describe live performances and give informed critical evaluations of the later. Students will be made aware of various pathways and career opportunities associated with the guitar.

COURSE: GUITAR II
COURSE NUMBER: 128
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level II
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 2,3,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 2,3,6
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: GUITAR III
COURSE NUMBER: 1283
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level III
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 1,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 1,7
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: GUITAR IV
COURSE NUMBER: 1284
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level Iv
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 1,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 1,7
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: GUITAR V
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level V
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 1,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 1,7
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: JAZZ BAND III
COURSE NUMBER: 1301
A-G: 10 Credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective
PREREQUISITE: Level III Conservatory
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Forbes) Period 3
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Pahmeier) Period 3
DESCRIPTION: Jazz Band is designed for students who have at least one year of playing on their instruments, but have little to no experience playing jazz. The following types of music will be introduced, and studied: popular, swing, jazz (funk, Latin, etc.), and rock. Creativity, beginning improvisation, and beginning aural skills are fostered. It is expected that students will practice on a daily basis to master the jazz style and to develop their art of improvisation.

Students in this course will be able to: 1. Perform various styles of jazz music Grade I through Grade III 2. Demonstrate proper playing position: posture and embouchure formation 3. Produce a quality and rich tone on their instrument 4. Demonstrate a variety of jazz articulations 5. Improvise melodies over simple chord changes 6. Develop knowledge of jazz history, jazz artists, composers and musicians 7. Become proficient on all major scales, blues scales, and chromatic scale.

The students in this course will comprise the “Jazz Band,” and will perform in 2 concerts per semester and participate in festival adjudication. Jazz Band will take part in recruiting events and community performances.

Jazz Band is meant for students who have satisfactorily demonstrated their intermediate playing ability through an audition, and who have a strong interest for jazz. Students will be able to identify and notate music and perform on an instrument with an intermediate to advanced degree of musicianship. The students in this class will have an acceptable command of their instrument: saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, guitar, bass, and drumset. They will also have to be able to read music fluently to take part in this class. Students will not have to write fingerings for their music as it should be fluently understood by this point. Students will perform in large group settings but will also be required to play in smaller settings such as a jazz combo.

COURSE: JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR II
COURSE NUMBER: 6213
A-G: N/A Junior High Course
PREREQUISITE: Audition Level I
HOUSE: Music, Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: Periods 2,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hekel) Periods 2,7)
DESCRIPTION: This is the top middle school choir. Junior Choir II rehearses and performs three to four part treble harmony both accompanied and Acapella chosen from an eclectic choral repertoire of different style periods and genres. Excellence in the choral art is achieved through obtaining excellence in vocal technique, beauty of tone, choral blend, balance, phrasing, dynamics and articulation, as well as stage presence and performance etiquette. Junior Choir II performs several times each year.

COURSE: MUSIC THEORY
COURSE NUMBER: 641
A-G: 10 credits (F) / Music
PREREQUISITE: Level I Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Choi) Period 1
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to develop musical skills that will lead to a thorough understanding of music composition and music theory. The emphasis will be on the rules of theory and composition, ear training, and sight singing. While the main emphasis is placed on music of the common period (1600-1750), music of other stylistic periods will also be studied. Students are prepared to take the AP Music Theory Exam, if applicable, when they have completed the course. Students planning to major in music in college may be able to enroll in an advanced music theory course, depending on individual colleges’ AP policies.

COURSE: PIANO I
COURSE NUMBER: 119
A-G: 10 credits under review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Level I Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre, Dance
HESPERIA COURSES: (Choi) Periods 3,7,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Kim) Periods 3,7,8
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to teach the concepts and fundamentals that will apply to all areas of music study at a beginning level.  Students will learn how to read notes, rhythms, and musical symbols on the staff and work on having consistent tone with good hand formation and proper body posture.

The specific repertoire for this level is unique to the attitude, work ethic and skill level of each individual student, and the development of musicianship skills by the understanding of piano techniques that are accomplished through initial mastery (Level of Difficulty 1) of these objectives. Students will engage in a broad range of music (encompassing cultures and history) and develop the ability to critique/evaluate the skill level and aesthetic quality of music, composers, and performers. This course is meant to introduce music and spark their interests not only for piano but also for other instruments. It gives a broader experience as to what music really is and what it entails.

COURSE: PIANO II
COURSE NUMBER: 120
A-G: 10 credits under review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition Level II
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Choi) Periods 3,7,8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Kim) Periods 3,7,8
DESCRIPTION: This course was designed to expose students to the expressive aspects of piano performances as well as gaining solid keyboard techniques. Students will increase their musical understanding by reviewing fundamental keyboard concepts covered in the Piano I class (i.e. note identification on the staff & keyboard, Major & Minor 5 finger scales, and basic rhythm counting) while focusing on sight-reading skills, key signature identification, and ear-training. Students acquire the language of music, including intervals, chords, scales, articulation, and dynamics.

They are required to practice tremolo scales and 24 Major & Minor scales in varied rhythmic combination to increase the muscular agility, firm touch, & flexibility of their hands. Repertoire will vary from Baroque to contemporary in solo and ensemble pieces, mostly for 4 hands. Course content will provide opportunities for students to practice performing, presenting, critiquing, and networking. It will be aligned with both the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools and the objective of preparing students to participate in the social, cultural, and intellectual interplay among people of differing cultural backgrounds and national origins.

COURSE: PIANO III
COURSE NUMBER: 121
A-G: 10 credits under review by UC for Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Choi) 2,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Kim) 2,6
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: PIANO IV
COURSE NUMBER: 122
A-G: 10 credits under review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Choi) Periods 2,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Kim) Periods 2,6
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: PIANO V
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits under review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Choi) Periods 2,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Kim) Periods 2,6
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: PIANO VI
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits under review for (F) Fine Arts
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Choi) Periods 2,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Kim) Periods 2,6
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE MUSICIAN HONORS (STREET BAND)
COURSE NUMBER: 
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F), 5.0 grading scale
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music, Career Arts
HESPERIA COURSES: (Forbes) Period 7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Pahmeier) Period 7
DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will create and learn both group and individual performance pieces based on fundamentals and principles within instrumental music. They build performances based on historical, philosophical and cultural prompts, using appropriate written and verbal performance analysis and descriptions of their work and the work of others. They will participate in lab classes and master classes that help students participate in discussions and techniques that cover the philosophical, cultural and historical place for music in a society. This intense lab based class will create musical tour productions that include fundamental and advanced techniques in solo and group band project (including classical, jazz, contemporary, rhythm, music theory). The goals of this class are for students to master the understanding of fundamental techniques of creating, producing, and executing a full touring production using music. Students will show advanced skill in performance methods. Students will identify and critique multiple types of professional performances and be able to create production pieces that display correct technique and advanced knowledge of fundamentals and music theory within music. All students selected to be in this class are required to complete a personal professional portfolio web site, learn and perform multiple shows throughout the tour dates (September through May) at a variety of locations, attend three 1 week boot camp rehearsal and master classes for intensive training, complete a critical analysis project based on a “Music in Education” production, complete history research and turn it into a production.
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COURSE: ROCK BAND PROFESSIONALS HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) PENDING REVIEW
PREREQUISITE: Audition
COREQUISITE: Must be on Street Band Team
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Instrumental Music
HESPERIA COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Chekardszhikov) Periods 9
DESCRIPTION: