P a g e | 38 Instrumental & Vocal BAND Course Length: 1 Year Credits: 1 per semester Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 A fee will be charged for dry-cleaning uniforms. A fee will be charged for use of school-owned instruments. Band experience is based on involvement in three basic areas: 1. CONCERT BAND - Concert Band is the basis of the band program. Literature of varied composers, styles, types and degree of difficulty are performed. Placement of students within this band is by audition which is used to determine a student's ability and performance level. Students are eligible to participate in solo and ensemble contest. They may also audition for the Northwest Iowa Honor Band and the All-State Music Festival. Pep bands are also formed from this band to perform at home basketball games and other school functions. 2. MARCHING BAND - Marching Band is open to all students playing a band instrument as well as non-band students who have been accepted for auxiliary marching units. This group performs at home football games, parades, festivals and the State Marching Band Contest. 3. JAZZ BAND - Jazz Band contributes to the music curriculum in exploring the elements of jazz education (study of swing, Latin, rock ballad styles and improvisation) that are contemporary, vibrant and relevant to young musicians. Jazz Bands are formed by auditions from concert band members. They perform at home concerts and competitions. MUSIC HISTORY (Offered 2019-2020) Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 Grade Level: 11, 12 Music History class is offered every other year for one semester, alternating with Music Theory class. Music History will cover the basics of understanding the history and style of music from pre-renaissance through contemporary compositions. Students will have required reading assignments, written homework assignments and a variety of exams. This class is open to any student, grades 9-12, who is a member of a major performing ensemble at Le Mars Community High School. MUSIC THEORY (Offered 2018-2019) Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 Grade Level: 11, 12 Music Theory class is offered every other year for one semester, alternating with Music History class. Music Theory will cover the basics of understanding music form and structure. Students will have required reading assignments, written homework assignments and a variety of exams. This class is open to any student, grades 9- 12, who is a member of a major performing ensemble at Le Mars Community High School. One credit will be earned after the successful completion of this class.