Introduction to Instrumental Music
(Grade 9) This course is designed for students entering Holy Names High School without any musical experience, but who might be interested in exploring the opportunity to play a musical instrument. The class will provide an overview of orchestral instruments, the basics of music theory and a rudimentary knowledge of musical styles and terminology. By the end of the first semester, the student will identify an instrument that they would like to learn to play and begin to develop a practice regimen for their instrument and to continue their studies.
(Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) This course is designed to introduce interested students to the string instrument. Students with no prior experience, or students with some musical experience in another instrument, are encouraged to participate in this course. In this class, students will learn the following: basic bowing techniques, fundamentals of music theory and performance skills. All
performances are an important component and a requirement in this class. Therefore, students must attend some performances outside of the regular school day. Fall and Spring concerts are mandatory. This class fulfills the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.
(Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) String Orchestra is an intermediate level performing instrumental class designed for students who wish to continue their study of music through the string instrument medium. This course requires prior experience. It includes a study of note reading; sight reading; basic theory concepts and knowledge of musical symbols and terminology. Also included is the study of tone production, posture, hand position, bowing techniques, as well as proper care, handling, and storage of musical instruments. In addition, the class provides performance opportunities to develop the performance skills acquired in class. Mandatory performances include, but not limited to are the Christmas Concert, Spring Concert and various masses, assemblies and special