Simi Valley High School offers a variety of music courses. Students taking these courses must attend all rehearsals and performances, and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and "S" or above in effort and citizenship to participate. The courses all meet UC/CSU requirements.
Students will embark on an exploration of music in all its iterations. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of music ranging from medieval to the present. Students will learn the elements of music, and more importantly how they are applied to musical works. Students will also build skills through playing music, including bucket drumming, and an intro to piano and guitar.
Concert Choir: A course designed to give the talented student a chance to explore the more advanced literature written for mixed choirs. Content will include the study of musicianship, music history and literature, pronunciation of various languages and proper rehearsal/performance techniques. The choir may tour in the Spring. Attendance at all school rehearsals and performances is required.
Jazz Choir: A course designed to give students an opportunity to discover and explore jazz singing. Content of the course will include specialized study of jazz vocal technique, improvisation, musicianship and proper rehearsal and performance techniques.
Vocal Ensemble: A course designed to give the most advanced choral students an opportunity to perform in specialized choral literature. Content of the course will include the study of musicianship, music history and literature, concentrating on the Renaissance through Contemporary periods, extensive work on foreign language pronunciation and proper rehearsal/performance techniques.
Jazz Ensemble: Made up of selected students from the Instrumental Music Program, members of the Jazz Ensemble perform at school functions,including concerts, assemblies and pep rallies, as well as community functions and at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the Southern California area. After school rehearsals and attendance at all school performances are required. Students who represent the school in extra curricular activities, competitions, or performances must be academically eligible.
Concert Band: The primary purpose of this course is to develop a firm understanding by each student of his/her particular instrument. Concert Band also provides an opportunity for students with a background of music training to further enhance their musical ability and understanding. Enrollment is open to those students with an intermediate/advanced level of skill and ability with teacher consent.
Concert Orchestra: The primary purpose of this course is to develop a firm understanding by each student of his/her particular instrument. The Concert Orchestra also provides opportunity for students with a background of music training to further enhance their musical ability and understanding. Enrollment is open to those students with an intermediate/advanced level of skill and ability with teacher consent.
Guitar: [Ms. Caswell, Instructor] - A beginning through advanced course in guitar. Students will develop skills in reading, writing, and performing guitar music which opens an avenue of personal expression that provides the performer deeper understanding of the self and a way to evoke images, feelings, and emotions that communicate not only sound but sense (meaning) to others.
Wind Ensemble: The Wind Ensemble is made up of selected students from the Instrumental Music Program. An advanced understanding of musical concepts is required. This organization performs at school functions, including concerts and community functions, band and orchestra festivals.
Marching Band: This course will emphasize the techniques, attitudes and skills needed for Marching Band and Color Guard. This group performs at all football games, marches in a number of parades and is responsible for presenting quality music at community functions. Rehearsals may be before or after school or at night. Musicians must be enrolled in another band class during the day (not applicable to Color Guard). Fulfills PE credit.