Vocal Music

Choral Program

Director - Mrs. Ludwig

MIXED CHORUS

Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble which meets daily.  It is designed to encourage all students who have an interest in developing their skills in group singing.   It will help develop the student’s knowledge of choral literature, music theory concepts, sight singing, and to enrich their love of music.  Repertoire is selected to provide sequential, systematic concepts and performance skills associated with varying musical content and style. Each student who participates in this organization will be eligible for and have the opportunity to audition and perform in festivals sponsored by Erie County Music Educators Association, the New York State School Music Association, and the National Association for Music Education. PREREQUISITE: Open to students in grades 9-12. No audition necessary.

CONCERT CHOIR

Chorus is an auditioned mixed ensemble which meets daily and offers students a variety of enriched musical opportunities.  Students will enhance their knowledge of choral literature, music theory concepts, and will achieve a higher degree of perfection in the performance and understanding of the choral repertoire.  Repertoire is selected to provide sequential, systematic concepts and performance skills associated with varying musical content and style.  Each student in this ensemble will have the opportunity to audition for and participate in festivals sponsored by the Erie County Music Educators Association, the New York State School Music Association, and the National Association for Music Education. This includes opportunities for scholarships where applicable. PREREQUISITE: Ability to read music and perform at an advanced level. Audition required. Open to students in grades 10-12 who have taken at least one year of a Music Course.

CHORALEERS

Choraleers is a select women’s chorus which meets on alternate days and receives one-half unit of credit.  This group is featured in many community performances at different times of the school year and has a varied repertoire.  Any female student may audition for Choraleers. PREREQUISITE: Ability to read music and perform at an advanced level. Audition required. Open to females in grades 9-12.

DYNAMICS

Dynamics is the Williamsville South select men's choral group.  This class receives one-half unit of credit and meets on alternate days.  This group is featured in many community performances at different times of the school year and has a varied repertoire.  Any male student may audition for Dynamics.  PREREQUISITE: Ability to read music and perform at an advanced level. Audition required. Open to males in grades 9-12.

GENERAL MUSIC COURSES

  • Teacher - Mrs. Ludwig
MUSIC IN OUR LIVES

Music in Our Lives is an exploratory level introduction to music course for those students who would like to learn more about all aspects of the music field.  The class is open to all students grades 9-12 and may be used to fill the Art/Music requirement for graduation.  This class is not acceptable as part of the Major Sequence in Music requirement.  In this class students explore: listening to music, music history, learning to create a musical work, American Musical Theater, careers in the music industry, music of other cultures, basic music reading, and other topics of interest.

MUSIC THEORY

The Music Theory course is designed to enhance music skills and basic music fundamentals. The essential aspects of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form are studied. Throughout the course of the year students will study basic notation, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, cadences, non-chord tones, form, part-writing and analysis of a score. Aural dictation and ear training are also an integral part of the course and will be taught throughout the year. Individual creativity is nurtured through both rhythmic and melodic composition. This course is highly recommended for students in a musical ensemble, and is a prerequisite for AP Music Theory.  PREREQUISITE: Although there is no prerequisite, it is suggested that a student have some musical knowledge and/or participate in an ensemble.

AP MUSIC THEORY

A second year continuation of the materials and content of the Music Theory course.  An in depth look at analysis, composition and aural dictation. Students will take the Advanced Placement examination in May. This is a College level course and should be treated as such.  PREREQUISITE:  Due to the higher level expectations of an AP course, it is strongly advised that an 85 average in prior Music classes be achieved as well as written approval of the student’s previous Music teacher.