Music – Vocal/Instrumental
Music is a required full-year course with various options. Students choose either band, chorus, or general music appreciation.
Band is open to all students sixth through eighth who have a string, wind, or percussion instrument they have played for at least one year and are interested in playing in the Siena band. Band meets during the school day throughout the year and fulfills a student’s music requirement for the year. Students must participate in concerts throughout the year. Instrumental instruction is available for a fee after school.
Chorus is open to all students sixth through eighth who are interested. Chorus meets during the school day and fulfills a student’s music requirement for the year. Students must participate in concerts throughout the year.
Our music program studies rhythm, melody and form. Students learn how to read music and write all basic rhythms and notes on the treble clef staff. They learn that music is usually organized in some pattern, and discuss specific forms such as minuet, fugue, and sonata allegro form. They study the history of music and its characteristics. They watch excerpts from an opera and a musical and compare the two forms. The characteristics of what makes a good melody are also discussed.
As students progress, the music program focuses on music history and theory. Students study music consisting of more complex beat patterns. They continue to read and write rhythms and notes. They learn how to write scales, chords, key signatures and discover their role in music. They study the history of music throughout the late 1900’s, including rock, rap, soul, etc. Students will discuss the music business and how to be successful in a music career.