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Music

Research has shown that youth who study music are more likely to score higher grades in math and English. The music department at Althoff offers experiences to engage students in the study of music. Additionally, we also provide music for the Drama Department's annual spring and winter musicals.

Courses offered

MXCHO 411  MIXED CHORUS (All) SEM 1 .5 Credit
MXCHO 421  MIXED CHORUS (All) SEM 2 .5 Credit
Prerequisite: Ability to match pitch. Previous experience in a choir is desired, but not required. Singers of all levels are welcome.

In this course, students will improve their proficiency in using their voice as a musical instrument, while also building their understanding and appreciation of music through performance. Topics covered include healthy use of the voice, music reading, sight singing, and some basic music theory.

Student Activities: Members of the mixed chorus perform at masses, concerts, and events inside and outside of the school.

Student Evaluation: Class and concert participation, homework, and tests.


FRBND101   FRESHMAN BAND (Fr) All Year .5 Credit Prerequisites: Must own or rent instrument of choice unless special arrangements have been made with the instructor. Instruments can be rented for a monthly charge from Nottelmann Music (314-631-1486).

The purpose of this course is to prepare incoming freshmen for their high school band experience. This class de-emphasizes performance and focuses on rudiments to solidify instrumental technique, and understanding of musical concepts, to ensure students have a solid foundation for their continuing band experience. If an incoming student feels that this intro course is unnecessary for them, they may attempt to audition out prior to the beginning of the semester.

Student Activities: Discussion and application of music fundamentals, spring and Christmas Concert.

Student Evaluation: Class and concert participation, homework, and tests.


CADBND 211 CADET BAND (Sophs, Jrs, Srs) All Year 1 Credit Prerequisites: Must own or rent instrument of choice unless special arrangements have been made with the instructor. Instruments can be rented for a monthly charge from Nottelmann Music (314-631-1486).

The purpose of this course is to prepare out-of-practice upperclassmen or beginning players for their high school band experience. This class de- emphasizes performance and focuses on rudiments to solidify instrumental technique, and understanding of musical concepts, to ensure students have a solid foundation for their continuing band experience. If an incoming student feels that this intro course is unnecessary for them, they may attempt to audition out prior to the beginning of the semester.

Student Activities: Discussion and application of music fundamentals, spring and Christmas Concert.

Student Evaluation: Class and concert participation, homework, and tests.


ORCH 412  ORCHESTRA (All) SEM 1 .5 Credit

ORCH 422  ORCHESTRA (All) SEM 2 .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Students must either rent or own an instrument. Instruments can be rented for a monthly charge from Nottelmann Music (314-631- 1486). Private lessons outside of school are strongly encouraged.

This course provides students that have experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass (acoustic), an opportunity to take part in our school’s music program. Students will develop their technique on their instrument of choice, while learning about various styles and periods through rehearsal and performance of orchestral repertoire.

Student Activities: Listening to and rehearsing works from the orchestral repertoire, and exploring basic music theory.

Student Evaluation: Class and concert participation, homework, and tests.


PERC 413  PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (All) SEM 1 .5 Credit

PERC 423  PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (All) SEM 2 .5 Credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Freshman/Cadet Band, or approval of Band Director by audition. Students will need to purchase basic equipment at the beginning of the year (snare drum sticks and mallets).

This course provides student percussionists with an opportunity to perform more than concert percussion parts in their own performing ensemble. Students in this ensemble participate in drumline, concert band, have their own segment on the end of semester concert. All students will develop proficiency on both pitched (mallets), and non-pitched percussion, and some rudimentary piano.

Student Activities: Deepening understanding of music and musicality through rehearsing, listening, and performing.

Student Evaluation: Class and concert participation, homework, and tests.


CONBND 414 CONCERT BAND (All) SEM 1 .5 Credit

CONBND 424 CONCERT BAND (All) SEM 2 .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of cadet/freshman band or approval from the Band Director by audition. Students must either own or rent an instrument. Instruments can be rented for a monthly charge from Nottelmann Music (314) 631-1486.

This course provides an opportunity for those who are proficient on their band instruments to play in a performing group and to improve individual ability by rehearsing and performing a variety of styles of band repertoire. The band performs at concerts and events both within and outside of school.

Student Activities: Improving musical understanding and ability while preparing for performances; opportunities for contest and festival participation.

Student Evaluation: Class and concert participation, homework and tests.