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*ALL LEVEL PERCUSSIONIST must sign-up for this class. Advance students receive Honors Credit.

The class focuses on developing music reading, music theory and performance, skills and technique. The class is a 4 year program in which students learn to perform on several types of percussion instruments and specialize in one or several.
 
Percussion Instruments Include: Drumline Instruments (snare, quads, basses and cymbals), Mallet instruments (marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, bells), Keyboards (piano), Drums Set, Guitar and Latin Percussion (congas, bongos), Hand Percussion Instruments (triangle, cymbals, cow bell, wind-chimes)
 
Participation in Marching Band/Pep Band is required.
UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply.
 
Please contact director for more information fmartinez@materdei.org

Open to students with no previous instrumental music experience on band instruments. The class focuses on learning to read music notation, understanding fundamental music theory and performance on a band instrument.  Most instruments are available with a yearly maintenance fee.
Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba…
 
Participation in Marching Band/Pep Band is required.
UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply.
 
Please contact director for more information fmartinez@materdei.org

By Placement Audition, this class is open to students with at least 1 year on experience on a wind band instrument. The class focuses on further developing music reading, music theory, and performance skills and technique. Students represent Mater Dei at local and national music festivals and concerts. After school and Performances included. If needed, most instruments are available with a yearly maintenance fee.
Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, and Tuba.
 
Participation in Marching Band/Pep Band is required.
UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply.
 
Please contact director for more information fmartinez@materdei.org
 
Open to students with a solid foundation on a wind band instrument and basic music theory fundamentals. Students are placed by director or by audition. The class focuses on further developing music reading, music theory, performance skills and technique. Students represent Mater Dei at local and national music festivals and concerts. Most instruments are available with a yearly maintenance fee. After school rehearsals and performances are mandatory.
Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba.
 
Participation in Marching Band/Pep Band is required.
UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply.
 
Please contact director for more information fmartinez@materdei.org
 
Open to all students. No previous marching or musical experience is necessary. This performing group is Mater Dei's most visible performing ensemble on campus. The Marching Band performs for literally thousands each year at home/away football, basketball games, and at local, regional competitions.
Summer Band Camp, afterschool rehearsals and performances are mandatory. 
 
Participation fees and parent involvement apply.
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply
 
Please contact director for more information tsmith@materdei.org

This class is open to students with at least one year experience on a string orchestra instrument which include Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass. The class focuses on further developing music reading, music theory, performance skills, and technique. Students represent Mater Dei High School at special events and local performance festivals. After school rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Most instruments are available with a yearly maintenance fee.
 
UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply
 
Please contact director for more information tsmith@materdei.org
Open to all students. No previous dance or color guard experience is necessary.
This group combines elements of dance with props and equipment. Students will perform on flag, rifle, saber, and other equipment. This competitive group meets after school for rehearsals and on weekends for most performances. Members perform at home football games and local, regional competitions and events with the marching band during the Fall semester as a part of the Marching Monarch Pageantry Corps. Members perform and compete in color guard competitions during 2nd semester (Indoor Colorguard). Auditions for fall season take place in the spring; auditions for the spring season take place in December.
 
Participation fees apply.
Performances are required.
This course is not a UC or CSU approved course.
 
Please contact director for more information tsmith@materdei.org
 
This is an advanced level course designed to engage students in learning activities that will help them to achieve the outcomes assessed by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Music Theory Examination. The AP Music Theory course is designed 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. These abilities will be developed through various listening, performance, written, creative, and analytical exercises. Although this course focuses on music of the Common Practice Period (1600 – 1900), materials and processes found in other styles and genres are also studied. Students are encouraged to sit for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Music Theory Examination. Students who successfully complete the AP Music Theory Examination and plan to major in music in college may be able to enroll in an advanced music theory course, depending upon the individual college’s policy. An AP Test Fee applies.
 
Please contact director for more information! Abistolfo@materdei.org
 
This class is open to all students with no previous experience necessary. The course includes music fundamentals, theory, songs, performances, listening, and learning to read standard music notation as well as tablature. Students will learn open chords, power chords, movable chords, single note (melody) playing, accompaniment techniques, and a variety of playing techniques and styles, including both pick-style and finger-style approaches to the guitar.
 
Interested in being in Mater Dei's very own rock band "Code Red"? Contact director for more information! tsmith@materdei.org
 
Students must have their own Guitar.
Performances are required.
UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply

By placement audition. No previous jazz experience is required, but the student should be fairly fluent in playing his/her instrument and understand basic music theory fundamentals. The class focuses on further developing music reading, music theory, performance skills, and techniques in various jazz styles. Students represent Mater Dei at local and national music festivals; as well as at Mater Dei High School and various community events.
Students should be co-enrolled in an instrumental music course (Beginning Band, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Honors Wind Ensemble) After school rehearsals and performances are mandatory.
 
Participation in Marching/Pep Band is Required.
UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply
 
Contact director for more information fmartinez@materdei.org
 
This class is open to students who successfully passed Beginning Guitar Ensemble or by director approval. The course integrates guitar fundamentals, theory, group collaboration, TAB comprehension and performance skills. Students enrolled will learn many songs from different genres in small groups, and have many solo performance opportunities. Students will also learn basic drum set rudiments and technique, bass guitar, and electric guitar. Students will also learn basic sound design principles, recording techniques, and songwriting. This class performs several times throughout the year during lunch time and at outside school performances. 
 
Interested in being in Mater Dei's very own rock band "Code Red"? Contact director for more information! tsmith@materdei.org
 
Students must have their own Guitar.
Performances are required.
UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply
 
This is an elective course for intermediate guitarists with at least 1 or more years of experience on the instrument. Students will continue to learn open chords, power chords, movable chords, single note (melody) playing, accompaniment techniques, and a variety of playing techniques and styles, including both pick-style and fingerstyle approaches to the guitar. The course also includes music fundamentals, theory, songs, performances, listening, improvising, and learning to read standard music notation as well as tablature. In addition, students will be encouraged to perform as soloists, small groups, and collaborate with the advanced level classes on a regular basis.
 
Interested in being in Mater Dei's very own rock band "Code Red"? Contact director for more information! tsmith@materdei.org
 
Students must have their own Guitar.
Performances are required.
UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply