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Music Course Offerings

9 – 12    Introduction to Band

Prerequisite:  None

This course is designed to develop musical performance skills for the novice musician. First semester focuses on rhythm development by means of performance on a variety of percussion instruments. Second semester focuses on tone production and pitch by means of performance on a variety of wind instruments.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)


9 – 12     Concert Band                                                  

Prerequisite: Audition. (Fees TBA)   Students wishing to join the music program should contact Mr. Plunkett as early as possible.  All students must enroll in Marching Band after school 1st semester.

May be repeated for credit

Concert Band is a musical performance/lecture course that concentrates on performing traditional advanced concert band music, pep tunes, and individual solos. After school rehearsals, performances and field trips are required in addition to participate in the school’s pep ensemble. This course is for wind players who desire being in the performance ensembles on campus. (Woodwinds and Brass players)

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)


9 – 12   Marching Band   (1st Semester course – 7th period)

Prerequisite:  Students must be a member of the Damien Spartan Regiment.

Spartan Regiments are required to attend instrumental performances at various events throughout the Fall Semester. Rehearsals are held after school and weekends (6 hours per week). Activities include home football games, tournaments, parades, and other trips. Open to all students upon teacher approval. Sports conflicts will be resolved with the teacher. Students will receive (5) Physical Education credits for participation in Marching Band.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)


9 – 12   Jazz Band       (2nd Semester course – 7th period)

Prerequisite: Audition

The Jazz Band will participate in instrumental performances at various events throughout the Spring Semester. Rehearsals are held after school, usually once a week.  Students will perform music from various styles including swing, blues, Latin jazz, rock/ska, funk, and brass band. Students will be selected via audition and/or interview with instructor. Jazz band will be offered as an after-school course; days and times to be determined, second semester only. Performances include local concerts and festivals. Basic proficiency on instrument is required. Attendance in after school rehearsals required.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)


9 – 12   Percussion Ensemble 

Prerequisite:   Audition 

Students wanting to join the music program should contact Mr. Plunkett as early as possible (plunkett@damien-hs.edu ). All students must enroll in the 1st Semester Marching Band course (see Marching Band course description for more details) and participate in the 2nd Semester Indoor Drumline. Maybe repeated for credit.

Instrumental performance/lecture course open to all students with prior or no musical experience. Percussion instruction will include: marching percussion, concert percussion,  drum set, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, and auxiliary percussion. After school rehearsals, performances and other trips are required.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)


9 – 12  Music Ministry

Prerequisite: Students wanting to join the music program should contact Mr. Plunkett as early as possible (plunkett@damien-hs.edu ) May be repeated for credit.

This course will focus on music to be performed at school liturgies. Voice technique and vocal performance will be developed as students explore a wide variety of choral music. Students will perform at school liturgies as well as other community events. The course is open to all musicians who wish to participate in school liturgies.


9 – 12      Music Theory

Prerequisite:  None

Music Theory takes a practical approach to the fundamental elements of music. Students will learn to enjoy music more fully by gaining an understanding of how music is constructed (rhythms, pitch, scales, chords, keys, ect.). Having gained this knowledge, the students will be prepared to compose music through melody, harmony, and chord progressions.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)


9 – 12    Music Appreciation

Prerequisite:  None

Lecture course designed to introduce students to the elements and history of music. Exploring the music of the past, present and future, students will relate commercial music to classical music and appreciate the musical culture of different places and times. Videos, audio and live concert performances will enhance the musical experience.

(Meets CSU/UC “f” requirement)