McGraw Middle/High School
 MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Course Requirements
 
Middle School
6th Grade
Required: General Music
Junior High School
Required: ½ credit of Music
  • Middle School Chorus – ½ credit
  • Middle/High School Concert Band – ½ credit
High School
Required: 1 credit of Art and/or Music
  • Middle/High School Concert Band – ½ credit
  • High School Chorus – ½ credit
  • Music Appreciation – ½ credit
  • Music Theory & History (Comprehensive Foundations of Music) – 1 credit
Music Sequence
To fulfill the requirement for a three-credit sequence in music for Regents or Local Diploma credit, a student must successfully complete three credits with representation from both the areas of Skill Development and Music Knowledge.
 
       Skill Development
       Middle/High School Concert Band – ½ credit
       High School Chorus – ½ credit
 
       Musical Knowledge
       Music Theory & History (Comprehensive Foundations of Music) – 1 credit
 
New York State Learning Standards for the Arts
 
Standard 1: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts
Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts and participate in various roles in the arts.
 
Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources
Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.
 
Standard 3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.
 
Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts
Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.
 
Course Descriptions
 
Middle School Chorus                                                                                                                                                                           ½ credit
Middle School Chorus is open to all sixth and seventh grade students to fulfill the music requirement for Junior High School (grade 7) or as an elective. A student does not have to have an exceptional voice, but the desire to make music is of the greatest importance. A varied repertoire is covered, ranging from standard works through contemporary choral literature. Instruction in music reading and writing, as well as a study of the various music genres and styles is also included. In addition to rehearsals which are held every other day in school, other requirements include regular attendance at weekly small-group lessons and attendance at the following public performances: Pops, Holiday, and Spring Concerts. Opportunities for participation in All-County, Area All-State, and NYSSMA Solo Festivals are available based upon individual student performance levels and experience.
 
Middle/High School Concert Band                                                                                                                                                                    ½ credit
Middle/High School Concert Band is open to all sixth through twelfth grade students to fulfill the music requirement for Junior High School (grades 7 & 8), to partially fulfill the arts requirement for the High School Diploma (grades 9-12), to partially fulfill a music sequence, or as an elective. A varied repertoire is covered, ranging from standard works through contemporary band literature. In addition to rehearsals which are held every other day in school, other requirements include regular attendance at weekly small-group lessons and attendance at the following public performances: Pops, Holiday, Spring Concerts; the Cortland County All-County Band Clinic; the Sherburne Pageant of Bands Concert Band Competition; the McGraw High School Commencement Exercises. Opportunities for participation in Area All-State, Conference All-State, and NYSSMA Solo Festivals are available based upon individual student performance levels and experience.
 
High School Chorus                                                                                                                                                                               ½ credit
High School Chorus is open to all eighth through twelfth grade students to fulfill the music requirement for Junior High School (grade 8), to partially fulfill the arts requirement for the High School Diploma (grades 9-12), to partially fulfill a music sequence, or as an elective. A varied repertoire is covered, ranging from standard works through contemporary choral literature. A student does not have to have an exceptional voice, but the desire to make music is of the greatest importance. In addition to rehearsals which are held every other day in school, other requirements include regular attendance at weekly small-group lessons and attendance at the following public performances: Pops, Holiday, and Spring Concerts. Opportunities for participation in All-County, Area All-State, Conference All-State, and NYSSMA Solo Festivals are available based upon individual student performance levels and experience.
 
Music Appreciation                                                                                                                                                                                  ½ credit
Music Appreciation is open to all ninth through twelfth grade students to partially fulfill the arts requirement for the High School Diploma or as an elective.
Credit: The course requires 2.5 periods a week for a year for one-half unit of credit.
Objectives: 
·         To find a means of expression through participation in simple musical
        experiences.
·         To perpetuate an enjoyment in music that will carry over into adult life.
·         To become aware of music as a cultural heritage.
·         To cultivate a taste for art music representative of various styles, forms,
        and cultures.
·         To understand the structural elements of music and the mechanics of its
        production.
Basic Activities: The course clarifies the elements of music through the skills of singing, playing, listening, reading, moving, and creating in order that the individual may perceive more perfectly the structure of music which, in turn, permits him or her to understand, appreciate, and enjoy music more fully and completely.
 
Music Theory & History (Comprehensive Foundations of Music)                                                                                                          1 credit
Comprehensive Foundations of Music is open to all tenth through twelfth grade students. This course has been designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the treatment of the elements of music as used in various stylistic periods. It is recommended to students who wish to fulfill the music knowledge requirement in the major sequence in music, for those who wish to undertake a greater study of music, and/or those who intend to specialize in music at college.
Credit: While no prerequisites have been established, it is recommended that only those students who display outstanding musicianship enroll. The course requires 5 periods a week for a year for one unit of credit.
Objectives:
·         To study theory through the analysis of a number of compositions
        representing a wide range of style periods.
·         To use composition as a means of developing insights into the great
        musical works of the past and present.
·         To develop an awareness of music as an art in a historical context, including the aesthetic principles which underlie it and the forces that influence its growth.
·         To develop aural-visual skills needed in performance, analysis, and teaching.
·         To derive ample experience in conducting, orchestrations, and arranging.
Basic Activities: The course is divided into two phases: Phase I: Elements of Music; Phase II: Introduction to the Structure, Materials, and Literature of Music. Phase I should occupy approximately one-third of the school year and phase II, the remaining two-thirds.
  
Extra-Curricular Ensembles
 
Scholastic Eligibility Code from the McGraw Central School Student Handbook
Parents/legal guardians and students should be aware of the McGraw Central School District Scholastic Eligibility Code to remain eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities.
·         If a student is failing two or more subjects, the student will be declared ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities; this includes, all sports, clubs and organizations.
·         An ineligible student who drops a failed course prior to or after the academic report card (interim report or end of marking period) is issued remains ineligible until the next eligibility list is issued.
·         Students will become eligible/ineligible effective on the Monday immediately following the mailing or distribution of report cards/interim reports. If the Monday falls on a holiday or during a vacation the student becomes eligible/ineligible on the first school day following that Monday.
·         To determine fall eligibility, the final course grades in June will be used, not the fourth quarter average. Students who retake failed courses in summer school and pass will have their eligibility for the fall re-evaluated.
·         Ineligible students will be permitted to try out, but not practice until they become eligible.
       
Jazz Ensemble
Admission to the Jazz Ensemble is open to interested students with director invitation/approval. Requirements include attendance at rehearsals, held one evening per week, and performances which include the Pops, Holiday, and Spring Concerts, the Sherburne Pageant of Bands Jazz Competition, as well as performances within the community. Opportunity for participation in the All-County Jazz Band Festival is available. Also available for participation is the McGraw School/Community Jazz Ensemble held during the summer.
 
Marching Band/Color Guard
The Marching Band and Color Guard is open to interested sixth through twelfth grade students, and elementary-level students with director invitation/approval. Rehearsals occur throughout the spring months. Among the performances are the McGraw Memorial Day Parade, Cortland County Dairy Parade, and the Sherburne Pageant of Bands Marching Band Competition. All members of the Concert Band are strongly encouraged to be a member of the Marching Band.
 
Musical Production
Admission to the Musical is open to all sixth through twelfth grade students by audition only. Please note audition and rehearsal times listed in the Music Department Calendar. Opportunities for student participation in addition to the cast include production staff (box office, choreography, costumes, crew, hair and makeup, lights, playbill, properties, scenic painting, set construction, sound) and pit orchestra.
 
Small Ensembles
Small Ensembles will be utilized to meet the various needs of the music department’s various performance obligations. Examples may include an ensemble to perform The Star Spangle Banner/McGraw Alma Mater, school events, community performances, exchange concerts, and workshops. They are open to all Junior and Senior High School students. Rehearsals will vary.
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Melinda McCool, Superintendent
10 West Academy Street
McGraw, NY 13101
P: (607)836-3636
www.mcgrawschools.org