MUSIC ELECTIVE COURSES
Music in Our Lives: 1 Credit, Ames
This course is an extension of the 8th grade General Music curriculum and is offered for those desiring a broad general background in the musical arts as part of their general education. The course offers a wide variety of musical experiences based upon the under- standing, knowledge, appreciation, and application of the fundamental elements and principles of music. The ability to perform on various instruments and in various styles will be explored and developed. It is a full year course. The State Education Department recommends this course to meet the Art/Music requirement for the high school diploma.
COLLEGE LEVEL MUSIC ELECTIVE COURSES
The following course is open to 11th and 12th grade students as a college level course in conjunction with LIU/Post Center’s SCALE (Secondary Collegiate Articulate Learning Experience) program. Students who have a general overall average of 80 and acceptable scores on the PSAT/NMSQT examination are eligible for these courses. Upon successful completion, students will receive college credit from LIU/Post Center of Long Island University which is transferable to many colleges. Music History in Western Civilization, will fulfill most Humanities requirements in college. Students must apply to and be accepted by the LIU/Post Center. Upon successful completion of the two semester courses, they will receive Massapequa High School credit as well as college credit.
College Music Theory I and II: .5/.5 Credit, MHS; optional 6 College Credits, Nassau Community College
This college-level course combines Music Theory with Keyboard Harmony and Sight Singing. Students will study intervals and inversions, chord analysis using figured bass symbols, harmonic analysis, and part-writing. Basic keyboard skills include the ability to perform at the keyboard through a familiarity with close-position chord usage while developing hand/hand, hand/eye, and hand/ear coordination. Students will sing and identify diatonic chords, inversions and intervals with good intonation and supported vocal production necessary to maintain such intonation. Students will develop the ability to conduct a meter and understand how counting can be used to understand rhythmic structure, as well as the ability to take dictation of rhythms and melodies. Students that apply and are accepted by Nassau Community College will be granted college credit upon successful completion of the course and payment of all required college fees. Transfer credit practices vary from college to college and therefore cannot be guaranteed in advance.
College Music History in Western Civilization: 1 Credit, MHS; optional 6 College Credits, LIU/Post
NOT offered in 2022-2023
- Semester 1 (Fall) - This course gives students an opportunity to explore the history of music from the 17th - 19th century. Students will study the effects of the time and how they impacted on the musical development. Music of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and other composers will be studied and discussed.
- Semester 2 (Spring) - This course gives students an opportunity to explore the history of music from the late 19th century to present. Composers studied will include Berg, Bartok, Debussy, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Wagner.