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Site Map Intermediate Mixed Chorus 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome.
These non-auditioned choral ensembles are comprised of students who are beginning their choral studies at Portage High School. Intermediate Mixed Chorus and Girls Glee provide students with opportunities to develop musicianship in specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. Activities create the development of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature that is appropriate in difficulty and range for the students, and basic music theory and sight-singing are included in instruction and assessment. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Participation requirements include, but are not limited to, four to five evening concerts and a Saturday contest. Participation in Solo Ensemble contest is strongly recommended.Intermediate

Girls Glee 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome.
These non-auditioned choral ensembles are comprised of students who are beginning their choral studies at Portage High School. Intermediate Mixed Chorus and Girls Glee provide students with opportunities to develop musicianship in specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. Activities create the development of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature that is appropriate in difficulty and range for the students, and basic music theory and sight-singing are included in instruction and assessment. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Participation requirements include, but are not limited to, four to five evening concerts and a Saturday contest. Participation in Solo Ensemble contest is strongly recommended.

Advanced Mixed Chorus 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of an intermediate-level choir is strongly recommended.
This select, auditioned choral ensemble is comprised of students who have prior choral or instrumental experience and can read and perform music of moderate to advanced difficulty. Advanced Mixed Chorus provides students with opportunities to develop musicianship in specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. Activities create the development of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature that is appropriate in difficulty and range for the students, and basic music theory and sight-singing are included in instruction and assessment. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Auditions are scheduled each year for interested students. Participation requirements include, but are not limited to, four to five evening concerts and a Saturday contest. Participation in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest is strongly recommended. An audition is required. Students are invited to join this ensemble based vocal and musical ability.

Vocal Jazz-PHS Choraliers 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
This select, auditioned choral ensemble is comprised of students who have prior choral or instrumental experience and can read and perform music of moderate to advanced difficulty. Vocal Jazz (Choraliers) provides students with opportunities to develop musicianship in specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. Activities create the development of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of vocal jazz and advanced choral literature, and basic music theory and sight-singing are included in instruction and assessment. Students also include movement and choreography in performance. Instruction includes the study of the history and stylistic elements of jazz. Students develop their creative skills through improvisation, composition, arranging, performing, listening, and analyzing. Auditions are scheduled each year for interested students. This ensemble performs regularly at festivals, contests, as well as community and school-sponsored events. Rehearsals occur during normal class time. Performances are frequent and occur during and after school hours, evenings, and some weekends. Participation in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: Successful completion of an intermediate-level choir is strongly recommended. An audition is required. Students are invited to join this choral ensemble based on vocal, musical, and dance ability.
Note: A performance uniform costing approximately $200 is also required. Vocal Jazz members must also be enrolled in another PHS Chorus, unless approved by the Director.

Advanced Women's Chorus 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of an intermediate-level choir is strongly recommended.
This select, auditioned choral ensemble is comprised of students who have prior choral or instrumental experience and can read and perform music of moderate to advanced difficulty. Advanced Women's Chorus provides students with opportunities to develop musicianship in specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. Activities create the development of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature that is appropriate in difficulty and range for the students, and basic music theory and sight-singing are included in instruction and assessment. Activities create the development of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature that is appropriate in difficulty and range for the students. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Auditions are scheduled each year for interested students. Participation requirements include, but are not limited to, four to five evening concerts and a Saturday contest. Participation in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest is strongly recommended. An audition is required. Students are invited to join this choral ensemble based vocal and musical ability.

Beginning Concert Band 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Ability to play ones instrument at an acceptable performance level.
Students in grades 8-11 may audition during January of each year for membership in Beginning Concert Band. Placement will be made on the basis of criteria determined by the high school and middle school band directors. This group performs at evening concerts and contests during the entire school year. Students taking this course are provided with a comprehensive study of music, which develops the skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Participation in Solo Ensemble contest is required. While not required, private lessons are encouraged.
Note: A student MUST be enrolled in one of the high school bands to be a member of the marching or pep bands, unless Director approval is granted.

Intermediate Concert Band 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Membership in this group is by audition only.
Students in grades 8-11 may audition during January of each year for membership in Intermediate Concert Band. Placement will be made on the basis of criteria determined by the high school and middle school band directors. A moderate level of proficiency on one instrument is required to qualify for this band. The Intermediate Concert Band performs in concerts and contests during the entire school year. Students taking this course are provided with a comprehensive study of music, which develops the skills in the sychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas.  Selection into this group is solely by the Directors. While not required, private lessons are encouraged.
Note: Advanced Concert Band members who wish to perform on a secondary instrument, in addition to their major instrument, may enroll in this band with Director approval. A student MUST be enrolled in one of the high school bands to be a member of the marching or pep bands, unless Director approval is granted. Participation in Solo Ensemble contest is required.

Advanced Concert Band 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Membership in this group is by audition only.
This is the top-performing band at Portage High School. Students in grades 8-11 may audition during January of each year for membership in Advanced Concert Band. Placement will be made on the basis of criteria determined by the High School and Middle School Band Directors. Members must demonstrate a high level of proficiency on their instruments. Playing ability, attitude, and a balanced instrumentation are all factors used in selecting the membership for the Advanced Concert Band. The Advanced Concert Band participates in concerts and contests during the entire school year. Students taking this course are provided with a comprehensive study of music, which develops the skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Band repertoire must be of the highest caliber. Mastery of advanced wind band technique must be evident. Evaluation of music and music performances is included. Selection into this group is solely by the Directors. The student should have a well-developed sense of ensemble performance. While not required, private lessons are encouraged.
Note: A student must be enrolled in one of the high school bands to be a member of marching/pep/jazz band, unless Director approval is granted. Participation in Solo Ensemble contest is required.

Marching Band 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: *Membership in Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Concert Band unless pre-approved by the Directors.Supplemental information, sight-reading skills, and playing techniques are emphasized in this band.
Students will combine ensemble music, visual movement, and marching skill during this one term course. Attendance at performances of the Marching Band is required. This includes all home football games, several parades (including Memorial Day), and competitions. Prior to the start of school a required Band Camp is held at Portage High School to learn basic marching techniques and music. The music and formations needed during the marching season will be learned during this camp. This camp enables the band to perform during the fall season with a minimum of extra rehearsals. However, evening rehearsals are part of the curriculum and include instruction from adjunct instructors and clinicians.* All other students who are interested in Guard or other roles may enroll with Director approval.
Note: Band members who qualify to perform on a secondary instrument may do so during the marching season. A student MUST be enrolled in one of the high school bands to be a member of marching/pep/jazz bands, unless approved otherwise by the Directors. Additionally, Marching Band students are required to pay a fee to participate. All fees are due the first week of band camp.

Jazz Ensemble 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Sufficient performance ability on the needed instruments. Students in grades 9-12 MUST also enroll in Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Concert Band to be a member of a Jazz Ensemble. Any exception to this MUST be approved by the Director.
Students in grades 8-11 may audition during January of each year for membership in our select Jazz Ensembles. Jazz ensemble membership is by audition only. Placement will be made on the basis of criteria determined by the Jazz Ensemble Directors.  Students taking this course develop musicianship and specific performance skills through group and individual settings for the study and performance of the varied styles of instrumental jazz. This group performs at evening concerts, contests and festivals, as well as in school and for special community events.
Note: Two pianists, two guitarists, and two bassists (acoustic or electric bass) may be needed each year in this ensemble. Enrollment in one of the other high school bands is not required of these students. However, it is strongly encouraged that these students enroll in an orchestra.

Beginning Orchestra 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Ability to play ones instrument at an acceptable performance level.
This is a preparatory string orchestra composed mostly of students who desire to increase their skills before advancing to Intermediate or Advanced Orchestra. Students taking this course are provided with a comprehensive study of music, which develops the skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Emphasis is placed on developing string techniques, ensemble playing, rhythmic accuracy, and vibrato. A student in grade 10-12 may perform on a secondary instrument in this group. Entrance is permitted upon recommendation of the school music director. Performance at school concerts and contests is part of the course requirement. Participation in Solo Ensemble is required.

Intermediate Orchestra 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Tuning ones instrument, shifting positions, and the ability to perform intermediate literature are required.
This is an intermediate string orchestra. It is composed mostly of freshman and sophomore students who are preparing for Advanced Orchestra. Students taking this course are provided with a comprehensive study of music, which develops the skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Entrance is permitted upon recommendation of the school director. Performance at school concerts and contests is part of the course requirement. Private lessons are encouraged.
Note: This string group may combine with the band winds and percussion for select concerts and contests.

Advanced Orchestra 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Ability to play intermediate to advanced orchestral literature.
This is the top performing orchestra. Students taking this course are provided with a comprehensive study of music, which develops the skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Instruction is designed to enable students to connect, examine, define, try, extend, refine, and integrate music study into other subject areas. Members for this orchestra are selected by the music director. Performance at school concerts, festivals, and contests is part of the course requirement. Attendance at workshops, concert observations, and private lessons are strongly encouraged. Orchestral repertoire must be of the highest caliber, and mastery of advanced orchestral technique must be evident. Evaluation of music and music performances is included.
Note: This string group combines with the band winds and percussion for select concerts and contests.

Music Theory and Composition I1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Playing an instrument (piano, band instrument, orchestra instrument, voice, etc.) is required.
This class develops the students understanding and use of the basic elements of music through the study of scales, intervals, chords, rhythmic dictation, harmonic dictation, introductory composition, and harmonizing of melodies. Recommendation: Ability to read music and play a band or orchestra instrument or piano proficiently.
Note: Music Theory is highly recommended for students who wish to sharpen their performance skills, but especially for students who intend to major in music in college.

Music Theory and Composition II and III 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Music Theory I to enroll in Music Theory II; Music Theory II to enroll in Theory III.
A continuation of Music Theory I with more extensive stress on ear training, dictation skills, harmonic analysis of period compositions, and music composition and arranging.

Music History and Appreciation 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
This course develops the students understanding of the progression of music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, 18th and 19th centuries, and modern times with an emphasis on classical music. Folk music, popular music (jazz and rock), cultural and historical influences are also included. Additional emphasis is placed on developing active listening skills, class discussion and concert attendance. The course is designed for both non-musicians and musicians who seek a wider understanding of music.

Electronic Music/Music Technology 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12 (9th by instructor permission only)
Prerequisite: Music Theory I and/or completion of Intermediate or Advanced Chorus, Orchestra or Concert Band is required. (Exception: 9th grade students who meet course instructor approval.) Piano skills are strongly recommended.
This course is designed for all musicians who seek an understanding of current music technology. This course will explore areas of electronic technology, sound recording, as well as computer programming/MIDI ensemble mixing.
Note: Music Technology is highly recommended for students who wish to gain knowledge of recording and mixing. The course is recommended for musicians who intend to continue with a career in music and/or major in music in college. Students who currently create small group music are encouraged to enroll in this course.

Piano and Electronic Keyboarding I and II 1 semester, 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Students who have previously been, or are currently enrolled in any PHS Band, Orchestra, or Choir performance course must remain enrolled, or re-enroll in such a PHS Band, Orchestra, or Choir performance course prior to enrolling in either Piano I and/or II.
Students enrolled in Piano Class develop musicianship and specific performance skills through the development and refinement of keyboard skills.  All students will, through daily practice and application, improve their piano keyboard skills and achieve the highest level of which they are capable. Beginner to Intermediate will be the level at which students will be working in this course.
 
Instrumentsl Ensemble/Percussion Studies, 2 semesters, 2 credits
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
The percussion studies class is comprised of students who have completed middle school band as a percussionist or have successfully completed previous years of percussion studies.  Students meet as a separate class to learn percussion techniques and reading skills for  a wide variety of percussion instruments and literature.  All students will perform with one of three concert bands for all concerts and contests.  In addition, students will be selected to perform with the orchestras and choirs on an as needed basis.  This course has two required percussion ensemble concerts on top of the regularly scheduled concert band concerts.
 
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