Music

BEGINNING DRUM CORPS
This is a performing drum corps with students who have excelled in percussion and have fulfilled the rudimentary requirements. The teacher recommends students for this course.

DRUMS OF THUNDER
This is a performing drum corps with students who have excelled in percussion and exceeded requirements. Students audition for this course and are pre-registered by the teacher.

HILLSIDE DRUM CORP
This is a performing drum corps with students who have excelled in percussion and have fulfilled the rudimentary requirements. Students are recommended for this course by the teacher and are pre-registered.

PERCUSSION
Students will engage in a variety of exercises designed to develop coordination in their hands.

PERCUSSION MUSIC READING
This course is offered as a CI music class to students in Drums of Thunder and Hillside Drum Corp. Participation in this class is through recommendation from Mr. D’Amico only. The goal of the class is to facilitate a student’s ability to read sheet music. This class is offered to fourth and fifth graders only.

TRUMPET AND CLARINETS
This course offers instruction for clarinet and trumpet. Students learn to produce sounds and read music. Students will be given school instruments for use in class and at home. Beginners are shown how to assemble and care for their instrument and are introduced to easy songs. The experienced student is given some advanced music, some of which involves part playing. Emphasis for all is on playing together with good intonation and breath control.

ORCHESTRA
This course stresses elements essential to the first orchestra experiences such as listening for balance, following a conductor, playing with full dynamics and reading orchestra scores.

BEGINNING PIANO
We will be writing, reading, and playing piano music, starting with the “thumbs on C” position and growing in skills from that point.

CI PIANO
We will be writing, reading, and playing piano music, starting with the “thumbs on C” position and growing in skills from that point.

RYTHMIC RECORDER
This course is a stepping-stone towards note reading. The student will learn to play simple songs on the recorder.

CI CHORUS
This course is designed for students who possess exceptional vocal quality with the ability to sing in tune and harmonize. This is a performing group and students will be provided many opportunities to perform.

CHORUS
The Hillside chorus provides the student with a chance to participate in a choral group, which emphasizes songs from Folk to Broadway. Students will learn proper breathing techniques, tone production, pitch and diction.

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