Courses & Schedule

2019-20 Schedule

Chamber Singers is one of three choral ensembles at Brandywine Heights High School. Students may select the course each school year and are required to audition in order to participate in the ensemble. Chamber Singers performs advanced choral literature chosen from a broad range of genres, historical eras, and cultures. Chamber Singers rehearses every other cycle day during first period for the entire school year and has three major performances including the holiday and spring concerts and Music In Our Schools, as well as other public performances. Enrollment in Chamber Singers (0.5 credits) satisfies the Art requirement and may be repeated for credit.

The objective of this course is to develop advanced musicianship skills and foster musical independence in choral music students. As a result of this course, students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate appropriate, proper, and healthy vocal technique and production
  2. Identify, describe, and apply basic elements of music
  3. Perform choral literature accurately and fluently, both alone and with others
  4. Apply knowledge of historical and cultural influences, as well as composers’ expressive intent, to perform choral literature to the highest quality

Concert Choir is one of three choral ensembles at Brandywine Heights High School. Students may select the course each school year and are not required to audition in order to participate in the ensemble. The Concert Choir performs choral literature chosen from a broad range of genres, historical eras, and cultures. The Concert Choir rehearses every other cycle day during first period for the entire school year and has three major performances including the winter and spring concerts and Music In Our Schools. Enrollment in Concert Choir (0.5 credits) satisfies the Art requirement and may be repeated for credit.

The objective of this course is to develop musicianship skills and foster musical independence in choral music students. As a result of this course, students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate appropriate, proper, and healthy vocal technique and production
  2. Identify, describe, and apply basic elements of music
  3. Perform choral literature accurately and fluently, both alone and with others
  4. Apply knowledge of historical and cultural influences, as well as composers’ expressive intent, to perform choral literature to the highest quality

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) administered through the College Board offers students an opportunity to take college level courses and exams while still in high school. Students successfully completing advanced placement courses and AP testing may earn credit and/or advanced standing in college.

This course is designed for students who are highly interested in and very serious about music theory. It is recommended for students who plan to pursue a music major in college. Students in this course must be highly motivated, self-disciplined, and eager to learn.

This course will develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The achievement of this objective may be best promoted by integrated approaches to the student’s development of aural skills, sight-singing skills, written skills, compositional skills, and analytical skills through listening exercises, performance exercises, written exercises, creative exercises, and analytical exercises.

Music Appreciation offers students at varying levels of interest, knowledge, and music literacy of music the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of foundational musical concepts.

The objectives of this course are to increase and develop students’ musical interest, knowledge, and literacy. As a result of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply fundamental elements of music
  2. Listen to music intelligently by forming and justifying an opinion
  3. Communicate how music impacts various forms of media
  4. Perform varying levels of keyboard literature with accuracy and fluency

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) administered through the College Board offers students an opportunity to take college level courses and exams while still in high school. Students successfully completing advanced placement courses and AP testing may earn credit and/or advanced standing in college.

This course is designed for students who are highly interested in and very serious about music theory. It is recommended for students who plan to pursue a music major in college. Students in this course must be highly motivated, self-disciplined, and eager to learn.

This course will develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The achievement of this objective may be best promoted by integrated approaches to the student’s development of aural skills, sight-singing skills, written skills, compositional skills, and analytical skills through listening exercises, performance exercises, written exercises, creative exercises, and analytical exercises.