Clovis High School Instrumental Music Programs
AP Music Theory:
AP Music Theory
This class consists of the most proficient musicians and must be recommended by a director to enroll. Students must be able to play or sing all major scales and have a clear understanding of treble and bass clef. In addition, this advanced theory course is designed for all student musicians, not exclusively students who will go on to major in music. This course serves as an introduction to college-level music fundamentals, musicianship (sight singing, listening, dictation, and transcription), harmony, musical analysis, and composition. Students will learn critical, analytical and creative thinking skills that are fostered in most parts of the course, especially when dealing with texture, harmonic progression, formal structuring and style. An AP Music Theory exam will be offered at the end of this course.
Jazz Band Programs:
Jazz Band “B” – C#88313.0
All students are welcome to enter this class and no audition is required, however, students must be enrolled in a concert ensemble class in order to be eligible to participate. This class will offer all students the opportunity to learn jazz techniques and concepts.
Honors Jazz Band “A”– C# 88313
This class consists of the most proficient jazz musicians (wind and percussion) and audition is required. Students in this ensemble must be enrolled in a concert ensemble class and must be in good academic standing in order to be eligible to participate. Students in this group are encouraged to audition for honor jazz groups and to be on private lessons.
Concert Band Programs:
Concert Band – C#88302.B
During the first semester, this class typically consist of the students who do not participate in marching band and/or advancing students interested in learning a secondary instrument. During the end of the first semester, students will begin to audition to be placed in the appropriate concert band ensemble. After auditions, members will be divided into one of our three concert band classes. The Concert Band class will focus on musical fundamentals and intermediate concert band literature. Students in this group are encouraged to be on private lessons. This class period prepares students to audition for Symphonic Band.
Symphonic Band – C#88302.W
During the first semester, this class will contain students enrolled in our marching band program and will focus on music fundamentals and marching band music. Near the end of the first semester, students will begin to audition to be placed in the appropriate concert band ensemble. After auditions, members will be divided into one of our three concert band classes. Students in this group are encouraged to be on private lessons. This class period prepares students to audition for Wind Ensemble.
Honors Wind Ensemble – C#88024
This class consists of the most proficient wind and percussion students. Audition is required of every musician for the entry of this ensemble. Students in this class are Highly ENCOURAGED to audition for honor groups and to be on private lessons. All students in this ensemble must be involved with our marching band program or another fall school program (fall sports, Varsity cheer, etc.) and be in good academic standing.
String Orchestra (Two Sections) – C#88304.S
This class is offered into two sections (intermediate and advancing) students. These class will offer students the ability to excel on music fundamentals. Students will participate in appropriate string concert literature and participated in concerts and festivals. Students in this group are encouraged to be on private lessons. Students are also encourage to participate in our after-school Symphony Orchestra Program to continue to enhance their playing.
Chamber Orchestra – C#88304.AS
Chamber Orchestra consists of the most proficient string students at Clovis High. Audition is required of every musician for the entry of this ensemble and all members must be in good academic standing. Students in this group are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to audition for honor groups and to be on private lessons. Members in this ensemble will also perform with the Symphony Orchestra and participate in local or community chamber events.
Symphony Orchestra- C# 88304.SO
Symphony Orchestra takes place after-school on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 3-5 pm and receives a full academic credit. This class consists of the most proficient wind, percussion, and string students. Additional string and wind students are encouraged to participate in order to improve on their individual instrument. Wind and percussion players will mainly consists of members of the Wind Ensemble. This ensemble is part of our pop series and performs many types of music, from the classics to pop! This ensemble is ran similar to a Youth or College Ensemble and individual rehearsal at home is encouraged by all member.
From August – November this class will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m. for all string musicians. During that time, we will focus a lot on sectionals and string technique. After Thanksgiving break, this class will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 3-5 P.M. Mrs. Rocha Lozano will pass out a detailed schedule each semester of rehearsal and concerts.
Concert Percussion Ensembles
Percussion Ensemble – C#88302.P
This class will offer beginning to intermediate percussion students the technique to excel in their skills as musicians in the area of concert percussion. This ensemble participates in solo and chamber concert percussion music throughout the year. Students will be placed in the appropriate percussion section based on their academic and playing ability.
Dance Color Guard Class:
Color Guard/Band – C# 88302.G
Color Guard/Band is an performing arts class which meets during 7th period. Rebekah Fleischer is the dance/guard instructor and will be supervised by a credential teacher. All guard members must have gone through the audition process, be in good academic standing, and participated in the fall/winter marching programs to be eligible to take this class.
Marching Ensembles (Fall & Winter)
Marching Band & Color Guard P.E. – C#11005
Marching Band & Color Guard P.E. rehearses during the students’ eight period class. This class period meets Tuesday from 5-8:30 and Thursday from 3:00-6:30 p.m, in addition to some Friday/Saturday rehearsals. Every student must do four semesters of core P.E. and 4 semester of elective P.E. in order to fulfill the P.E. requirements for the State of California and Clovis Unified. Marching Band & Color Guard P.E. is and elective class and is only offered first semester.
Winter Guard(s) – C# 88220 (Winter Guard)
Dance Color Guard is an elective P.E. which meets second semester during 8th period. During the first semester all students enrolled in the Color Guard Program will be in Marching Band P.E. and at the start of the second semester the class will then transition to Dance Color Guard. Academic credit will be given as an ninth period course. Students must be enrolled in a concert ensemble/guard dance class during the day in order to be eligible. Auditions will be required for the fall season as well as for placement of the “J.V” and “Varsity” Winter Guards.
Marching Winter Percussion – C# 88302.P-8 (Winter percussion)
During the first semester all students must be enrolled in the Marching Band P.E. class in order to qualify for one of the marching ensembles. Auditions will be required for the fall season as well as for the winter season. Students must be enrolled in a concert ensemble during the day and must be in good academic standing with the school. Students will be accepted based on an audition process that will take place at the end of the first semester.
Into the Blue – Clovis Area Elementary Color Guard
Into the Blue is THE ORIGINAL elementary color guard program in the valley. Started in 2010, Into the Blue offers students grades 3rd-6th an introduction to dance, color guard, and performance at an early age. This helps build team work and confidence at an early age. This ensemble only performs in exhibition at community events. For more information about Into the Blue, please visit our contact page and email Mrs. Rachel Stratton.
All Instrumental Music Classes (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, Marching Band/PE, Orchestras, Color Guard/Band, Dance Color Guard, Winter Groups) are graded courses, and carry full academic weight. Grades are based upon attitude, improvement, attendance (rehearsals & performances), private lessons, honor groups, and individual performance tests.