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806 MARCHING BAND Fall Semester Course


Open to all students. This competitive group performs at home football, and at local and regional competitions. Summer Camps, after school rehearsals, and performances are mandatory. No previous marching or musical experience is required. Participation fees and parent involvement apply. Students should be co-enrolled in an instrumental music course: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Honors Wind Ensemble.
Parent involvement in the Mater Dei Bingo program and other fundraising events is required for student participation. 

803 Concert Band: UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement


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 is Highly Encouraged.
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply

804 Symphonic Band: UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement


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, Tuba…
Participation in Home Football Games Marching Band Required.
Competitive Marching Band Highly Encouraged.
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply

802 Percussion: UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement


*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.
Participation in Marching/Pep Band Activities and Winter Percussion Ensemble is Required.
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply
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)

805 Honors Wind Ensemble: UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement


By Placement Audition, this class is open to students with a solid foundation on a wind band instrument and music theory fundamentals. Students are placed by director or by audition. The class focuses on further developing music reading, music theory, and performance skills and technique. After school Rehearsals and Performances are mandatory.
Students represent Mater Dei at local and national music festivals and concerts.
Most instruments are available with a yearly maintenance fee.
Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba…
Participation in Marching/Pep Band is Required.
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply

855 Jazz Ensemble: UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement


By Placement Audition. No previous Jazz experience is required, but the student should be fairly fluent in playing his/her instrument and music theory fundamentals. The class focuses on further developing music reading, music theory, and performance skills and techniques in various jazz eras and styles. After school Rehearsals and Performances are mandatory.
Students represent Mater Dei at local and national music festivals; as well as MD and community events.
Students should be co-enrolled in an instrumental music course (Beginning Band, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Honors Wind Ensemble)
Participation in Marching/Pep Band is Required.
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply

810 String Ensemble: UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement


This class is open to students with at least one year experience on a String Orchestra Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass. The class focuses on further developing music reading, music theory, and performance skills and technique. Students represent Mater Dei at local performance festivals. After school rehearsals and performances included. Most instruments are available with a yearly maintenance fee.
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply

854 Guitar Ensemble: UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement

 
This class is open to all students with no previous experience required. 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.
Students must have their own Guitar.
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply

857 Guitar Media Production: UC Approved, 1 year fulfills Arts Requirement

 
This class is open to students who successfully passed Beginning Guitar Ensemble or by audition. The course reviews guitar fundamentals, theory, group collaboration, TAB comprehension and performance skills. Students enrolled will learn many songs form different genres in small groups and solo opportunities. Students will also learn basic drum set rudiments and technique, bass guitar, and electric guitar. This class performs several times throughout the year during lunch time and outside school performances. 
Students must have their own Guitar. 
Parent Bingo-Fundraising Participation Required and Fees Apply