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Fine Arts

Prerequisite: Junior High Band

Band members learn teamwork, cooperation and pride through making music together.  The same kind of commitment and dedication to creating a winning athletic team is required for building a successful band.

Band members are evaluated on 1) Participation – attending all required performances and rehearsals; 2) Attitude and discipline – reflecting respect and pride in the band, school and community; and 3) Proficiency – striving to perform on their instruments to the best of their ability.

During the fall, the band functions primarily as a marching band, participating in local and competitive parades.  During the rest of the year, the band turns to concert band music, featuring a Christmas concert, a spring concert and state band contest.  The band plays an especially important role in the athletic program, performing at all home varsity football games, all home varsity boys’ basketball games, and the final home girls’ varsity game of each season.

One-half credit will be given.  Four years of band will also meet minimum college fine arts admission requirements for Illinois colleges.


All students may elect chorus if they qualify musically and vocally.  The group must have an ability to blend voices.  Criteria for election of chorus should be a good ear, ability to carry a tune, quality of voice that blends, the ability and willingness to work and share with others, and a love of music.  One half-academic credit will be given.  Four years of Chorus will also meet minimum fine arts college admission requirements for Illinois colleges.

Music Appreciation

A goal of the music appreciation class is for students to gain an understanding of the elements that make up music.  Topics to be studied include vocal music, instrumental music, musical theater, music history from ancient to modern times, and more contemporary forms of music, including jazz and rock.

Another goal is to expose students to as much of a variety of music as possible, where students will analyze and describe their unique responses to music.  To enhance the course, students are encouraged to share recorded music and videos from their own collections.

Adv Music Appreciation
Prerequisite: Junior Status
Rend Lake Dual Credit: MUSI 1100

Similar in nature to Music History/Appreciation courses, Music Appreciation courses focus specifically on students’ appreciation of music. They are designed to help students explore the world of music and to develop an understanding of the importance of music in their lives.

(ID: 05108A000)

Guitar- Mr. Brown- 1 semester 1/2 credit  10 students max.

Required to have your own guitar
Guitar courses introduce students to the fundementals of music and guitar-playing techniques, such as strumming and chords. These courses may also include more advance guitar-playing techniques.

Theater Arts
(ID: 05052A000)

Theatre Arts- Mr. Brown  Full year class. 6th hour. 9-12

Theatre arts courses focus on the study and performance of drama including musical theatre. These courses review a wide range of scripted materials, such as plays, screen plays, teleplays, readers’ theatre scripts, dramatic criticism, creation of original dramatic works, and the role of dramatic arts in society. In addition, students will work collaboratively on performances.