• MUSIC

     

    MUSIC

     

    Arts instruction and assessment is guided by curriculum aligned to New York State Arts Standards and is critical in supporting student academic and artistic success. Students must successfully complete one unit of credit in an approved theatre, dance, visual arts, or music course. 

     

    An advanced designation Regents diploma in visual arts, fine arts, theater, dance, or music can be earned if the student is successful in a HS II Accomplished or HS III Advanced arts sequence.

     

    Additionally, an Arts Pathways (4+1) is available to all students who participate in an additional Arts course (or sequence) culminating in a NYSED-approved pathway assessment; eligible BPS courses include Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art 2D or 3D, Studio in Drawing & Design, Art History, or Music Theory, or the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts HL/SL course.  Students must earn a minimum score of a 3 on the associated AP exam, or a 3 on the associated Standard Level IB exam, or a 4 on the associated Higher Level IB exam. Successful completion of this pathway substitutes for a social studies Regents exam credit.

     

    Please note:

    • Some classes are unique to a particular program or school, and a sequence may not be available at every school because of the other programming and curriculum requirements of that school. 
    • Not every class and sequence is offered at every school.
    • Course offerings may change yearly based on student course requests and other factors.

  • MUSIC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

     

    CHORUS

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks (0.5 Credit)

                  40 Weeks (1.0 Credit)

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    CH09G

    0.5

    N/A

    CH01G

    1.0

    CH10G

    0.5

    CH01G

    1.0

    CH11G

    0.5

    CH03G

    1.0

    CH12G

    0.5

    CH04G

    1.0

    CH13G

    0.5

    CH05G

    1.0

    Chorus develops students’ vocal skills within the context of a large choral ensemble in which they can perform a variety of styles. These courses are designed to develop students’ vocal techniques and their ability to sing parts. This high school ensemble may be of mixed grade levels. This course is scheduled for every other day for a full year.

     

    SELECT CHOIR

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks (0.5 Credit)

                  40 Weeks (1.0 Credit)

    EXAMINATION: N/A: 

    SC09G

    0.5

    Students are required to audition

    SC01G

    1.0

    SC10G

    0.5

    SC02G

    1.0

    SC11G

    0.5

    SC03G

    1.0

    SC12G

    0.5

    SC04G

    1.0

    SC13G

    0.5

    SC05G

    1.0

    Select Choir develops students’ vocal skills within the context of a large choral ensemble in which they can perform a variety of styles. These courses are designed to develop students’ vocal techniques and their ability to sing parts. Select Choir is delineated as a vocal ensemble for students who are generally required to be selected upon completion of an audition. This course is scheduled to meet every day for a full year.

     

    VOCAL JAZZ/THEORY

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks (0.5 Credit)

                  40 Weeks (1.0 Credit)

    OFFERED: Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts #192

    EXAMINATION: N/A:  

    VJ09G

    0.5

    Music Theory Level I.

     

    VJ01G

    1.0

    VJ10G

    0.5

    VJ01G

    1.0

    VJ11G

    0.5

    VJ03G

    1.0

    VJ12G

    0.5

    VJ04G

    1.0

    VJ13G

    0.5

    VJ05G

    1.0

    Vocal/Jazz Theory is designed to teach the unique characteristics of jazz singing, music theory and how you may combine these characteristics to create your own sound. Students learn jazz phrasing, how to integrate good technique into jazz song styles, and how to sing with a number of time feels and grooves. Students are accepted upon being selected by audition or teacher recommendation. Schools other than BAVPA offering this course must provide appropriate curriculum materials and pacing guides. This course is to meet every day or every other day for a full year.

     

    CONCERT BAND

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks (0.5 Credit)

                  40 Weeks (1.0 Credit)

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    CB09G

    0.5

    Students should have prior experience in a performance ensemble.

    CB01G

    1.0

    CB10G

    0.5

    CB01G

    1.0

    CB11G

    0.5

    CB03G

    1.0

    CB12G

    0.5

    CB04G

    1.0

    CB13G

    0.5

    CB05G

    1.0

    Concert band is designed to promote students’ technique for playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments and cover a variety of band literature styles, primarily for concert performances. This high school ensemble may be of mixed grade levels. This course is scheduled to meet every day or every other day for a full year.

     

    DEVELOPMENTAL BAND

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

     

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks (0.5 Credit)

                  40 Weeks (1.0 Credit)

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    BD09G

    0.5

    N/A

     

    BD01G

    1.0

     
     

    Developmental band is a high school music course that can partially satisfy the NYS requirement of one (1) credit in Art and/or Music. This course is offered to students who have limited or no prior Instrumental Music experience. Students are evaluated by teacher made tests, public performances and other assignments. Band programs include instruments from the woodwind, brass and percussion families.  Students should participate in developmental band for only 1 year before transitioning into a higher-level performance ensemble.  This course is scheduled to meet every day or every other day for a full year.

     

     

    GUITAR ENSEMBLE

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks (0.5 Credit)

                  40 Weeks (1.0 Credit)

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    GE09G

    0.5

    N/A

    GE01G

    1.0

    GE10G

    0.5

    GE01G

    1.0

    GE11G

    0.5

    GE03G

    1.0

    GE12G

    0.5

    GE04G

    1.0

    GE13G

    0.5

    GE05G

    1.0

    Guitar Ensemble courses provide students an introduction to and refine the fundamentals of music and guitar-playing techniques, such as strumming and chords, and then offer instruction in more advanced techniques. Formal and informal performances are typically included. This course is scheduled to meet every day or every other day for a full year.

     

    JAZZ ENSEMBLE

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks (0.5 Credit)

                  40 Weeks (1.0 Credit)

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    JE09G

    0.5

    N/A

    JE01G

    1.0

    JE10G

    0.5

    JE01G

    1.0

    JE11G

    0.5

    JE03G

    1.0

    JE12G

    0.5

    JE04G

    1.0

    JE13G

    0.5

    JE05G

    1.0

    Jazz ensemble is a contemporary band course that helps students perform a variety of jazz styles. These courses cultivate students’ technique on instruments appropriate to the style(s) performed—brass, woodwind, string, percussion instruments, and/or electronic. These ensembles emphasize instrumental music but may also include vocal music. Advanced coursework provides students with opportunities for growth through rehearsal and performance, improvisation, or creating and performing their own compositions. This course is scheduled to meet every day or every other day for a full year.

     

    WIND ENSEMBLE

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks (0.5 Credit)

                  40 Weeks (1.0 Credit)

    EXAMINATION: N/A:   

    WE09G

    0.5

    Students should have prior experience in a performance ensemble.

    WE01G

    1.0

    WE10G

    0.5

    WE01G

    1.0

    WE11G

    0.5

    WE03G

    1.0

    WE12G

    0.5

    WE04G

    1.0

    WE13G

    0.5

    WE05G

    1.0

    Wind Ensemble is designed to promote students’ technique for playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments and cover a variety of band literature styles, primarily for concert performances. The Wind Ensemble is delineated as a select ensemble with fewer members than a symphonic or concert band.  Typically, no more than 50 students are selected for a Wind Ensemble after completing an audition or by teacher recommendation. This course meets every day or every other day for a full year.

     

    ORCHESTRA

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks (0.5 Credit)

                  40 Weeks (1.0 Credit)

    EXAMINATION: N/A:

    OR09G

    0.5

    Students should have prior experience in a performance ensemble.

    OR01G

    1.0

    OR10G

    0.5

    OR01G

    1.0

    OR11G

    0.5

    OR03G

    1.0

    OR12G

    0.5

    OR04G

    1.0

    OR13G

    0.5

    OR05G

    1.0

    Orchestra courses help develop students’ technique for playing strings. These courses emphasize collaboration through rehearsal and performance experiences. This may be a high school ensemble of mixed grade levels. Students may be registered for this course in addition to instrumental lessons. Activities include but are not limited to: (1) review and expansion of music literacy skills, (2) review and expansion of instrumental music technical skills study of various musical forms and styles and the various cultures that influenced them, (3) and musical performances at a variety of venues. This course is scheduled to meet every day or every other day for a full year.

     

    MUSIC LESSONS

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    ML01G

    0.0

    N/A

    Music lessons provide students with instruction in instrumental techniques. These courses may be conducted either individually or in a small group; formal and informal performances are typically included. This course should be scheduled to meet once a cycle on a rotating calendar.

     

    MUSIC HISTORY

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    MH01G

     

    1.0

     

    N/A

    Music history provides students with an understanding of music, its importance, and context in a selected range of historical periods and/or cultural styles. This course is scheduled to meet every day for a full year.

     

    MUSIC IN OUR LIVES (Full Year)

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks 

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    MI01G

    1.0

     N/A

     

    Music in Our Lives provides students with an understanding of music and its importance in their lives. Course content focuses on how various styles of music apply musical elements to create an expressive or aesthetic impact. Music in Our Lives is a high school music course that can satisfy the NYS requirement of one (1) credit in art and/or music. Music in Our Lives and Studio in Art may be combined for one unit of Regents credit (one-half unit of credit in music and one-half unit of credit in visual arts) if the content is presented in a balanced manner. 

    Students participating in the 40 weeks, 1.0 credit class will explore The Pleasure of Music, Music as Culture, The Joys of Experiencing Music, Music and Dance, Vocal Music, The History of Jazz Music, Music for Ceremony and Celebration, The History of Opera, Musical Theatre, Music in Film, The History of Classical Music, Music in Political and Social Movement, Creating Music with Technology, and The Future of Popular Music.

     

    MUSIC IN OUR LIVES (Half Year)

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 20 Weeks 

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    MI09G

    1.0

     N/A

    Music in Our Lives provides students with an understanding of music and its importance in their lives. Course content focuses on how various styles of music apply musical elements to create an expressive or aesthetic impact. Music in Our Lives is a high school music course that can satisfy the NYS requirement of one (1) credit in art and/or music. Music in Our Lives and Studio in Art may be combined for one unit of Regents credit (one-half unit of credit in music and one-half unit of credit in visual arts) if the content is presented in a balanced manner. 

    Students participating in the 20 weeks, .5 credit class will explore The Pleasure of Music, Music as Culture, The Joys of Experiencing Music, Music and Dance, The History of Jazz Music, The History of Opera, Musical Theatre, Music in Film, and Music in Political and Social Movement.   

     

    MUSIC THEORY I, II, and III

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    MT01G

    1.0

    Must be completed sequentially

    MT02G

    1.0

    MT03G

    1.0

    Music Theory courses provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of music and include one or more of the following topics: composition, arrangement, analysis, aural development, and sight reading. Music Theory classes should be completed sequentially beginning with Music Theory I unless a student is able to demonstrate competency on an entrance exam, allowing the student to advance to the appropriate theory level. This course is scheduled to meet every day for a full year.

    Theory I - Students learn all notes/clefs (Treble/Bass/Alto), accidentals, generic intervals, reading/playing basic rhythms in 4/4 and 6/8, major scales, beginner melodic/rhythmic dictation, and key signatures/Circle of 5ths

    Theory II - Students review Theory I material, then proceed to learn about diatonic/chromatic intervals, vocabulary (dynamics, tempos, etc.), triads, chord progressions, roman numeral analysis, inversions/smooth voice leading, minor scales, various composition projects, ear training (Ascending/descending intervals), transposition, intermediate rhythmic/melodic dictation.

    Theory III - Students review Theory II material, then proceed to learn about the church modes, score analysis, various composition projects, counterpoint, and more.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) MUSIC THEORY

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: AP Exam 

    MTO4P

    1.0

    Music Theory I, II, III

    Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory courses are designed to be the equivalent of a first-year music theory college course as specified by the College Board. Advanced Placement Music Theory develops students’ understanding of musical structure and compositional procedures. Usually intended for students who already possess performance-level skills, Advanced Placement Music Theory courses extend and build upon students’ knowledge of intervals, scales, chords, metric/rhythmic patterns, and the ways they interact in a composition. Musical notation, analysis, composition, and aural skills are important components of the course. This course is scheduled to meet every day for a full year. The prerequisite for students to qualify to take Advanced Placement Music Theory is the successful completion of Music Theory. 

    NB: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the AP exam that is offered at the end of this course.

     

    INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: No

    IM01G

    1.0

    N/A

    In this course, students will explore industry electronic music through reading music, basic keyboard skills, identifying and working within tonality, listening to contemporary music, and critiquing music and other works of art (musicals, operas, performances). 

     

    Students completing the course will: · Identify tonality of project · Identify BPM of a project · Identify various instruments in a project · Identify and match EQ settings from listening · Use industry standard equipment such as: Sound Board, Mic, DAW, EQ, Faders, MIDI Instruments · Create their own songs and beats · Create Foley projects Core Educational Concepts: · Read music (Music Theory - standard notation, treble/bass clef, key/time signatures) · Practice basic keyboard skills (Triads, simple melodies, and beat-making) · Identify and work within tonality (composing and creating layers to music) · Listen to contemporary music, and critiquing music and other works of art (e.g., musicals, operas, performances).

     

     

    INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC RECORDING

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: Math, Science & Technology Preparatory School #197, International Preparatory School #198

    EXAMINATION: N/A

     MR01G

    1.0

    N/A

    Students learn and apply skills in music recording techniques, music editing, mixing, and creating finished musical recordings for a variety of purposes. This course provides students a classroom setting that replicates workplace/internship experiences found in professional recording studios. Students receive an overview of the recording process including the history of analog and digital audio, the use of microphones and techniques, an overview of the studio recording system and how audio is captured. Introduction to Music Recording is continuation of knowledge and skills learned in Introduction to Music Technology. 

     

    WORLD MUSIC

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts #192,

    South Park High School #206,

    Lafayette International High School #207  

    EXAMINATION: N/A

     WM01G

    1.0

    N/A

    This course will introduce students World music culture and the elements of music. It will allow students with no background in music theory to appreciate, interpret, and discuss the music that is studied.  During the first quarter of the course, students will be introduced to basic terms and listening skills that will used throughout the course, including pitch and melody, rhythms and dynamics, texture, and timbre and musical instruments.  For the remainder of the course, students will be introduced to eleven musical cultures, each with its own distinctive musical: and cultural elements, the region’s musical life, and a closer look at the specific cultures and genres of music in that region.  The musical cultures include Sub-Saharan Africa, The Middle East and Northern Africa, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Latin America, North America, Central Asia, India, China, Japan, and Indonesia.  Students will also experience a unique performance component, performing on various world percussion instruments, barred instruments including xylophones and marimbas, and steel drums.  

     

    AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    AP01G

    1.0

    N/A

    In American Popular Music course, students will explore the origins of American popular music and how it affects music as we know it today. Students will make connections between music and society and focus on music as a historical reflection of the times. Students will read, listen, and interact in discussions about music styles, music in film and theatre, music technology and the music business. This course will emphasize music as a personal identity through project-based learning experiences. It will include creating and performing music from both historical and personal perspectives.

    Participants will be exposed to the importance how the American music industry possesses the most influential record companies, radio stations, community orchestras, television channels and specialized magazines in the world. 

    Participants will be immersed in the most important American music genres - many created through cultural mixes - including hip-hop, blues, country, jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, pop, techno, and rock. Students will also learn how American music influences and is influenced by social and cultural identity and issues of class, race, religion, language, geography, gender, and sexuality.

    Students will also explore how American music was influenced by immigration, how the Black community used music as a voice for justice and change, and how the mix between white and black music has helped the American music industry to blossom.