Palos Verdes High School

Classes & Ensembles

Orchestra and Advanced Orchestra

  • Prerequisite: Admission by audition only
  • Meets Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement for UC and Cal State.
  • Class meets ZERO PERIOD every morning.

The PVHS Orchestra performs 2 concerts a year- one in December and one in June. They also attend festivals and competitions in March and perform at graduation in June.

Daily rehearsals focus on basic musicianship skills through memorization of scales and chorale study. Students will perform works from all styles and genres as they improve their technique, tone, and expression.

Concert Band and Marching Band

  • NO Prerequisite. Open to all woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
  • Meets Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement for UC and Cal State.
  • Both of these classes are offered concurrently during 2nd period.

Students who enroll in Marching Band will receive PE Credit.
Students who enroll in Concert Band will receive Arts Credit.

In the fall, all 2nd period students participate in Marching Band.
Marching Band develops the musical and marching skills of students and prepares them for parades, field shows, the concert season, and other community/school functions.

In the spring, all students perform in the Concert Band.
Concert Band is designed for the advanced wind musician. Students will perform on a musical instrument a varied repertoire of instrumental literature, from intermediate-advanced to advanced levels of difficulty, with expression and technical accuracy.

Jazz Band 1 and 2

  • Prerequisite: Audition with instructor
  • Meets Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement for UC and Cal State.
  • Both of these classes are offered concurrently during 4th period.

Jazz Band surveys the various styles of jazz through rehearsals, performances, field trips, clinicians, and jam sessions. Students rehearse and perform jazz of various styles (Blues, Afro-Cuban, Bop, Swing, Fusion, etc.).

All students are expected to own a Real Book for use during Jam Sessions and Jazz Theory Lessons.

Real Book

AP Music Theory

  • Prerequisite: The ability to read music and some proficiency on a musical instrument.
  • Meets Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement for UC and Cal State.

This course is the equivalent of a first-year college course in music theory and musicianship. It integrates the study of the fundamental building blocks of music and their practical application in musical performance and composition. Areas emphasized will include aural skills (dictation and sight-singing), musical analysis (harmony, melody, form, texture, etc.), and composition.

In addition to the PVHS provided textbook and workbook, all students will be expected to purchase the Barron Music Theory AP Book.

2023 Music Theory AP Exam: Friday, May 12th at 8am.

Syllabus

Barron's AP Music Theory

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