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Choir 7,8 Honors (HP) (5057, 5058)    - PILOT COURSE -


Pilot Site:
 Pilot course for Mission Bay, Mira Mesa and Serra High Schools. Other schools may not offer this course without prior approval from the Interdivisional Curriculum Committee.

Grade Range:
 12
 Prerequisites:
 Choir 5,6; ability to sing on pitch with a voice that blends with the choir; students may be auditioned and grouped together into ensembles on the basis of voice quality, range, or skill
 Course duration:
 Two semesters
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 Visual and Performing Arts weighted
 UC subject area satisfied:
 f - Visual and Performing Arts
Course Description:
 Choir 7,8 Honors is the culmination of the musical education of the advanced choral student, as it not only connects their performance skills with their ability to investigate and solve musical challenges, but additionally requires deeper subject research, more analytical thinking, and new complex interactions with music. Students will demonstrate independent performing alone and in small groups, making appropriate personal choices of tone, interpretation, and musicality. They will study diverse repertoire with foci on multi-movement works, 20th century notation, and the music of the Americas. They will develop an expanded knowledge of advanced techniques and vocabulary, including enharmonics, scales, and cadences. Students will create multi-part compositions, and evaluate musical performances at an advanced level. They will study instrument development, analyze the role of form in works from different backgrounds, and identify the process of composing for film. Final written and performance projects in both semesters cover research, music selection, analysis of musical challenges, and an individual recital capstone.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Site-selected music.
SDUSD VAPA Core Learnings, 2005.