Mt. Carmel High School Music Department
KIM MANDRELL, Music/Chorus/Band Director
"Where words fail, music speaks."
CHORUS (9th-12th grade)
Concert Choir is a performance-based course that gives students the chance to be involved in the vocal performing arts. Concert Choir is a large mixed group that studies and performs all styles of music. Students will learn the fundamentals of vocal production, music reading, and listening skills. Concert Choir performs a Christmas Concert, which is a requirement of the course. Failure to attend this concert will result in a failure for the quarter. Additional performance opportunities offered to Concert Choir members include I.L.M.E.A. and MCHS Singing Seven, and the spring musical, all of which are auditioned groups. However, Spring chorus enrollment participation in the spring musical is required.
BAND (9th-12th Grade)
The MCHS Band is a performance-based course that is designed to continue the development of technical proficiency of the student on his or her chosen instrument. Students must be accomplished instrumental players in order to participate as deemed so by the director. The student will be challenged by advanced high school literature. Concerts are a requirement of the course and failure to attend will result in a failing grade for the quarter. Members of the MCHS Band also participate in the following ensembles: MCHS Marching Aces and Aces Pep Band. Marching band rehearsals are held both after school and evenings during marching season in addition to one week of Band Camp each summer, which is a requirement of the course. Color Guard members enroll in band 1st semester only during marching band season.
MUSIC THEORY I (9th-12th grade)
A study of basic music theory concepts including notation of pitch, rhythm and meter, scales, key and key signatures, intervals, triads, and seventh chords. The course will also focus on practical applications of these concepts such as part writing, diatonic harmony, and tonality.
MUSIC THEORY II (10-12th grade)
A study of the musical materials and structural principles of the common practice period including tonicization, modulation, and chromatic harmony. This course will also focus on 20th century music including non-tertian harmony, neotonality, and atonality. Prerequisite: Music Theory I.
CONCERT CHOIR / CHRISTMAS CONCERT / SPRING MUSICAL / MARCHING ACES / ACES PEP BAND / MCHS SINGING SEVEN / ILMEA COMPETITION