Elkhart Central High School Music Department

 

Elkhart Central has an excellent, well-rounded music department with course offerings for both the performer and the non-performer. The ECHS music department has received the All-Music (Total Department) Award from the Indiana State School Music Association for six of the eleven years the award has been presented, with the orchestral and choral areas fulfilling their criteria all eleven years.  This award recognizes the high level of performance and the diverse opportunities of instruction for ECHS students.

 

The ECHS campus has three large music ensemble rehearsal rooms, twelve practice rooms, a 16-station piano keyboard/computer lab, and a 900-seat auditorium as well as a dedicated practice field and tower for the marching band program.  To view the layout of the Performing Arts wing of the building, click HERE.

For further information about the department and opportunities for students, click on the links below:

2013-2014 Music Department class schedule 

Band Calendar of Events - Blazer Brigade Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band

Orchestra Calendar of Events- Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz String Ensemble

Choirs' Calendar of Events - Concert Choir, "Shades of Blue," Ninth Grade Women's Choir, Men's Choir, Blazer Chorale, Blazer Boulevard Singers

AP Music Theory - assignment schedule, online resources, course syllabus

Music News - news about music students' achievements

Some links on pages of the Elkhart Central High School web site (www.blueblazers.org) and music department web pages will let you leave the school district site (www.elkhart.k12.in.us).  The linked sites are not under the control of the school and/or district, and the school and district are not responsible for the contents of any linked sites or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites.  The school and district are providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the district.

About the Music Department Faculty

The ECHS Music Department faculty are all highly qualified educators who provide ECHS students with a music education which will give the students the skills to continue their music enjoyment for life.

ECHS Music Department Telephone: 574-295-4743
Click HERE to view photographs of the ECHS music department faculty.

To contact ECHS faculty and/or staff members via email, click on the appropriate name below.

Laura Baier
Choral Accompanist

Dan Burton
Assistant Band Director
(conducts the ECHS Symphonic Band and is PMMS Band Director)

Molly Bush
Assistant Band Director
(assists with ECHS Symphonic Band and teaches at Beardsley Elementary School)

Michelle Campanello
Music Department Secretary

Sandra Carnall
Assistant Band Director
(assists with ECHS Wind Ensemble and is NSMS Band Director)
Dan Farison
Choral Director and Piano Class Teacher
(assists with ECHS Men's Choir, Ninth Grade Women's Choir, Blazer Boulevard Singers,
and Blazer Chorale, and is PMMS Choral Director)
Scott Garner
Band Director
(conducts the ECHS Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble and assists with band at NSMS and PMMS)

Jeffery Hatfield
Assistant Orchestra Director
(assists with ECHS Orchestras and is NSMS Orchestra Director)

Kyle Miller
Assistant Orchestra Director
(assists with ECHS Orchestras and is PMMS Orchestra Director)
William Niederer
Music Department Chair
(conducts ECHS Concert Choir, "Shades of Blue," Ninth Grade Women's Choir and Men's Choir, teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory, and teaches Piano Class)

Jeff Reinert
Choral Director
(conducts ECHS Blazer Chorale and Blazer Boulevard Singers, assists with Ninth Grade Women's Choir and Men's Choir, and is Choral Director at NSMS)

Kyle Weirich
Orchestra Director
(conducts ECHS Jazz String Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and
Symphony Orchestra, and assists with orchestras at PMMS)

 
Description of Music Department Courses Offered for the 2014-2015 academic year

Course Descriptions with colored (not black) type indicate a link to additional ECHS information.

Beginning Chorus

Freshman Women  #8711     Level: 9                                                                       

Men's Choir  #8731          Level: 9,10,11,12                                     (Core 40 & AHD)

Length: 2 terms                Credit: 1 credit/term

Beginning Chorus is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Choral Music. Students taking Beginning Chorus develop musicianship and specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. This class includes the study of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature appropriate in difficulty and range for the students. Chorus classes provide opportunities for performing, creating, and responding to music. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer's intent in performance of music. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.

·         Laboratory course
·         The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
·         Fulfills requirement for  Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
·         Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

Intermediate Chorus

Blazer Chorale   #8741                                      (Core 40 & AHD)

Blazer Boulevard Singers  #8745                   (Core 40 & AHD)

Level: 10, 11, 12       Length:  2 terms       Credit: 1 credit/term

Intermediate Chorus is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Choral Music. Students taking Intermediate Chorus develop musicianship and specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. This class includes the study of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature appropriate in difficulty and range for the students. Chorus classes provide opportunities for performing, creating, and responding to music. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer's intent in performance of music. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.
·         Required Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
·         Recommended Prerequisites: Beginning Chorus (may be waived)
·         Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
·         Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
·         Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

Advanced Chorus

Concert Choir   #8751                  (Core 40 & AHD)

 Level:  10, 11, 12               Length:  2 terms           Credit:  1 credit/term

Advanced Chorus is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Choral Music. Students taking Advanced Chorus develop musicianship and specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. This class includes the study of quality repertoire in the diverse styles of choral literature appropriate in difficulty and range for the students. Chorus classes provide opportunities for performing, creating, and responding to music. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer's intent in performance of music. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.
·         Required Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
·         Recommended Prerequisites: Beginning and Intermediate Chorus
·         Laboratory course
·         Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
·         Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
·         Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

Prerequisite:  Audition and Instructor approval.

Choral Chamber Ensemble   #8761                  (Core 40 & AHD)

Level:  10, 11, 12          Length:  1 term            Credit:  1 credit/term

Choral Chamber Ensemble is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Choral Music. Student musicianship and specific performance skills in this course are enhanced through specialized small group instruction. The activities expand the repertoire of a specific genre. Chamber ensemble classes provide instruction in creating, performing, listening to, and analyzing music in addition to focusing on specific subject matter. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer's intent in performance of music. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.
·         Required Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
·         Laboratory course
·         Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for additional semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
·         Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
·         Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

Prerequisite:  Audition and Instructor approval.  Students must also be accepted into Advanced Choir to be in this course.

Piano and Electronic Keyboard                        #8771  (Core 40 & AHD)  

Level:  9, 10, 11, 12     Length: 1 term        Credit: 1 credit/term

Piano and Electronic Keyboard is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Music Technology and Instrumental Music. Students taking this course are offered keyboard classes in order to develop music proficiency and musicianship. Students perform with proper posture, hand position, fingering, rhythm, and articulation; compose and improvise melodic and harmonic material; create and perform simple accompaniments; listen to, analyze, sight-read, and study a variety of keyboard literature; study the elements of music as exemplified in a variety of styles; and make interpretive decisions.
·         Recommended Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, or 12
·         Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
·         Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
·         Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
 
Students must be able to work independently in class on a daily basis.  The course may be repeated if there is space.

Intermediate  Orchestra   #8811          (Core 40 & AHD)

Level:  9, 10, 11, 12       Length:  2 terms     Credit:  1 credit/term

Intermediate Orchestra is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Instrumental Music. Students in this ensemble are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the orchestra, string and/or full orchestra, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop and refine elements of musicianship including tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, analyzing music, studying historically significant styles of orchestral literature, and integration of other applicable disciplines. Experiences include improvising, conducting, playing by ear, and sight-reading. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer's intent in performance of music. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.
·         Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
·         Recommended Prerequisites: Beginning Orchestra
·         Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
·         Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
·         Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

Prerequisite:  Incoming ninth graders must have successfully completed eighth grade orchestra.

Intermediate Concert Band                 #8831, 8841                          (Core 40 & AHD)

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12         Length:  2 terms               Credit: 1 credit/term

Intermediate Concert Band is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Instrumental Music.This courseincludes a balanced comprehensive study of music that develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship including tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, analyzing music, studying historically significant styles of literature, and integration of other applicable disciplines. Students study a varied repertoire of developmentally appropriate concert band literature and develop the ability to understand and convey the composer's intent in performance of music. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.
·         Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
·         Recommended Prerequisites: Beginning Concert Band
·         Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
·         Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
·         Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

Prerequisite:  Incoming ninth graders must have been in eighth grade band all year.

Advanced Concert Band   #8851                   (Core 40 & AHD)

Level:  9, 10, 11, 12      Length:  2 terms      Credit: 1credit/term

Advanced Concert Band is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Instrumental Music.This course provides students with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the concert band, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop elements of musicianship including tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, analyzing music, studying historically significant styles of literature, and integration of other applicable disciplines.
Experiences include improvising, conducting, playing by ear, and sight-reading. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer's intent in performance of music. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.
·         Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
·         Prerequisites: Beginning and Intermediate Concert Band, Instructor Approval
·         Laboratory course
·         Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
·         Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
·         Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
 
 
Jazz Ensemble #8871 (Core 40 & AHD)
 
Level: 10, 11, 12 Length: 1 terms Credit: 1 credit/term
 
Jazz Ensemble is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Instrumental Music. 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. The instruction includes the study of the history, formative, and stylistic elements of jazz. Students develop their creative skills through (1) improvisation, (2) composition, (3) arranging, (4) performing, (5) listening, and (6) analyzing. A limited amount of time outside of the school day may be scheduled for dress rehearsals and performances. In addition, a limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and music goals. Students must participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend the learning in the classroom.
 
· Prerequisites:  Instructor Approval
· Laboratory course
· Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
· Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
· Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

Advanced Orchestra   #8911                              (Core 40 & AHD)

Level: 10, 11, 12       Length:  2 terms       Credit: 1 credit/term

Advanced Orchestra is based on the Indiana Academic Standards for High School Instrumental Music. Students in this ensemble are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of music through the orchestra, string and/or full orchestra, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Ensemble and solo activities are designed to develop and refine elements of musicianship including tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, analyzing music, studying historically significant styles of orchestral literature, and integration of other applicable disciplines. Experiences include improvising, conducting, playing by ear, and sight-reading. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer's intent in performance of music. Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom.
·         Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
·         Recommended Prerequisites: Beginning and Intermediate Orchestra, Instructor Approval
·         Laboratory course
·         Credits: a 1-semester course for 1 credit. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at an advanced level provided that defined proficiencies and content standards are utilized.
·         Fulfills requirement for 1 of 2 Fine Arts credits for Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma
·         Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
 

String Instrumental Ensemble   #8914                               (Core 40 & AHD)

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12       Length:  1 terms       Credit: 1credit/term

Students taking this course are provided with a balanced comprehensive study of chamber ensemble and solo literature, which develops skills in the psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains. Students develop and refine elements of musicianship including tone production, technical skills, intonation, music reading skills, listening skills, analyzing music, studying historically significant styles of literature as pertaining to chamber ensemble and solo literature, and integration of other applicable disciplines. Experiences include improvising, conducting, playing by ear, and sight-reading. Students develop the ability to understand and convey the composer's intent in performance of music.
 
Time outside of the school day may be scheduled for rehearsals and performances. A limited number of public performances may serve as a culmination of daily rehearsal and musical goals. Students are required to participate in performance opportunities outside of the school day that support and extend learning in the classroom. Various jazz styles will be explored and performed by this ensemble. 
 
Pre-requisite: 8th Grade, Intermediate, or Advanced Orchestra.
Students must be concurrently enrolled in either Intermediate or Advanced Orchestra for both semesters in order to take this course.  Students playing a non-string instrument needed for this course must be concurrently enrolled in a band or choir course for both semesters.
 

Music Theory: AP         #8991                               (Core 40 and AHD) 

Level:  10, 11, 12          Length:  2 terms                Credit: 1 credit/term

Music Theory, Advanced Placement is a course based on the content established by the College Board. Music Theory is intended for secondary school students who have completed music studies comparable to a first-year college course in music theory. The guidelines for the course that are published by The College Board may not match any particular college program, but they do reflect the coverage of content and level of skills typical of most first-year college courses. This course should integrate aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, elementary composition, and history, and style. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to this course, and it is also assumed that the student has acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument. A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description web page at:
·         Recommended Grade Level: 10, 11, or 12
 
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