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.
Music Theory I: 1 Credit, Ames/MHS
The first half year of this course will focus on the areas of note reading, rhythm identification, notational skills, introduction to composition, rudimentary score analysis, and musical terminology. Aural skills will also be a significant part of the training. The second half of the course will incorporate computer technology in conjunction with these rudimentary techniques. Tests, quizzes, compositional projects are required. Attendance at approved concerts is also expected as a part of this class.
Advanced Placement Music Theory: 1 Credit, MHS
This is a rigorous college level course that focuses on advanced note reading, rhythm identification, notational skills, sight singing, composition, score analysis, aural skills, orchestration techniques, and musical terminology to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Music Theory examination. Computer technology will be incorporated throughout the course. Tests, quizzes, compositional projects are required. Attendance at approved concerts is also expected as a part of the class. Students must take the AP exam in music theory at the conclusion of this course. Prerequisite: Grade of an 80 or higher in Music Theory I
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 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.