The Lakeland and Walter Panas High School Music Departments provide all students with a comprehensive, standards-based music education. The study of music fosters artistic development, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and the pursuit of life-long learning. Through performing and responding to music, all students develop individual and intrapersonal skills, realize a sense of belonging, and establish connections to the community. Students are encouraged to enroll in both performance-based and generalized musical courses throughout their four years of high school.
Please note: 1 Credit of the Arts (i.e., Visual, Music, Theater, Media, and Dance) satisfies the ARTS requirement for graduation. Lakeland CSD only offers ARTS courses in Visual Arts and Music.
Music Coordinator: Richard Dashnaw, Music Teacher – Lakeland Copper Beech MS
Music Coordinator: Jamie Stroffolino, Music Teacher – Walter Panas HS_
0577 Studio Music - 1-credit Grades 9-12 40 weeks
Studio Music is a course designed to survey the various music electives at Lakeland and Walter Panas High Schools. This course will provide an overview of several specializations within the area of music, that may include (but not be limited to): Music Theory, Music Technology/Digital Recording, Musical Theatre, Vocal Production, and Basics of Guitar/Woodwind/Brass/String instruments. Students will have a unique, hands-on experience learning about many disciplines within music education and the music industry. This course is designed for students who have an interest in music but may not have participated in a performing ensemble at the middle and elementary school levels; or, for students who would like to study music in new and additional ways.
581 Concert Band - 1 credit Grades 9-12 40 weeks
This performing group is open to all students from grades 9-12 who play a band instrument. Students will have the opportunity to study and perform a wide variety of music from different genres and cultures. The band will perform mostly NYSSMA level 3 & 4 pieces, and will work to further develop performance skills and music appreciation. Attendance is required at small group music lessons which occur on a rotating schedule throughout the week. Students must practice outside of school on a weekly basis, and are expected to provide care of their own (or school rented) instruments and accessories. Students will be graded on participation in rehearsals, work assigned in music lessons, and attendance at performances.
L582/P583 Orchestra - 1 credit Grades 9 -12 40 weeks
The instrumental composition of the Orchestra is determined on the basis of student interest and technical competence. The String Orchestra is composed of qualified string players. The Symphony Orchestra is composed of selected members from the bands who perform with the String Orchestra. The Orchestra performs independent concerts in addition to the regular school concert series as printed in the school calendar. Attendance is required at all rehearsals and concerts. Regular home practice is required. Students are expected to provide and care for their own instruments and accessories. The appropriate director must approve any exceptions. This course meets the N.Y. State Regents requirement for music or art.
Note: Ninth grade students may take this course with instructor approval.
P-599 Philharmonia Orchestra - 1 credit Grades 9-12 40 weeks
This advanced orchestra course is designed for students who have demonstrated a capacity for developing advanced listening, auditory skills and advanced knowledge of string techniques, musical literacy and orchestral performance. This is a year-long course that meets daily. Students will perform a variety of challenging orchestral music and will perform NYSSMA level V and VI music exclusively. Philharmonia is open to exceptionally talented students by audition. The ability to perform with strong tone, intonation and vibrato is a prerequisite and strong musical aptitude is required.
596 Wind Ensemble - 1 credit Grade 9-12 40 weeks
Wind Ensemble is open to exceptionally talented band musicians from grades 9-12. Acceptance into the group is by audition. This group will perform mostly NYSSMA level 5 & 6 pieces. The instrumental composition of the ensemble will vary based on student proficiency and director’s choice. Attendance is required at small group music lessons which occur on a rotating schedule throughout the week. Private music instruction and participation in the NYSSMA music festival are encouraged. Students are expected to provide care of their own (or school rented) instruments and accessories. Students will be graded on participation in rehearsals, work assigned in music lessons, and performances. Audition Process: Students will be auditioned using the
NYSSMA level 5&6 rubric. This includes scales, sight reading, and a prepared piece (supplied by the teacher) one month before the audition.
585 Chorus - 1 credit Grades 9-12 40 weeks
This course includes membership in chorus. In this course emphasis is placed on vocal technique through the study of a variety of musical genres including classic choral literature, musical theater selections, and popular music. The choral program offers a student a traditional choral experience with the option of a smaller ensemble performance. Students with substantial and minimal vocal experience are encouraged to enroll in this course. During the year, students are required to sing individually as well as in a group setting; participate in the regular school concert series; and attend daily rehearsals. Individual participation at the maximum level directly relates to the success of that level of the ensemble. Select choral students may have the opportunity to participate in the Intermediate All-County, Area All-State, NYSSMA Festivals, and competition choir. This course meets the N.Y. State Regents requirement for music or art.
P-597 Chamber Choir - 1 credit Grades 9-12 40 weeks
This advanced vocal course is designed for students who have demonstrated a capacity for developing advanced listening, auditory skills and advanced knowledge of vocal techniques, musical literacy, and choral performance. This year-long course meets daily. Students will perform a variety of challenging vocal music and NYSSMA level V and VI music exclusively. Chamber Choir is open to exceptionally talented students by audition. The ability to read music is a prerequisite and the ability to part-sing is strongly encouraged.
587 Music Theory 1 - 1 credit Grades 9-12 40 weeks
This course will explore musical construction. Students will be able to read, write, and analyze music upon completion of this course. It introduces students to music history and appreciation. Previous music reading experience is helpful, but not required. This course meets the Regents requirement for music or art.
591 A.P. Music Theory - 1 credit Grades 10-12 40 weeks
The focus of the A.P. Music Theory course is to foster growth in the student’s ability to understand and recognize the basic process of music that one would hear or see in a musical score. A student who enrolls in this course will develop aural, sight-singing, written, composition, and analytical skills in music. Technical computer applications are part of this course and are often used for independent work. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the A.P. Music Theory Exam. This course presents a solid foundation for students who are planning to major in music in college; however it is not limited to those students. A.P. Music Theory will encourage all students to advance their musicianship through the analytical process of music, culminating in a deeper understanding of music through theory with an expected outcome of advanced levels of personal musicianship.
Prerequisite:Successful completion of Music Theory I or teacher approval.
L-592 Musical Theatre and Drama - 1 credit Grades 9-12 40 weeks
Students will be introduced to the background and history of classic operatic works through the accomplishments of contemporary American musical composers. Curriculum content will also include the technical aspects of a production, the auditioning process, and producing and directing a musical. Selected scores, scripts, and libretti will be used to study plot development and characters with experiences resulting in classroom and workshop performances. Students are required to take part in all performance-based activities and take written exams. Culminating field trips will be taken as often as possible. The only prerequisite for this course is a genuine love of theatre and/or the desire to learn about it. This course meets the N.Y. State Regents requirement for music or art.
593 Music Plan A - ½ credit Grades 9-12 40 weeks
This is an independent study course. To join this class, qualified students may apply during the first semester to the performing group director or to the teacher who provides the school lessons. Credit is earned by:
Practicing a minimum of 5 hours per week
Turning in record substantiating additional practice each quarter
Performing four recitals on a NYSSMA Grade 4-6 level (one at the end of each quarter) to be judged by the music faculty. Students must take at least one music lesson each week or two lessons per month. Monthly lesson instruction must equal a minimum of two hours. Students must complete at least 36 weeks of study during the school year. Other requirements are designated in the Music Plan A Requirements Packet that is available from the Music Department.
Note: This course does not meet the NY State Regents requirements for music and art.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty member assigned to this course and/or the department coordinator is required.
Enrollment in Instrumental/Vocal music is strongly advised, but not required.
594 Music Technology & Digital Recording - 1 credit Grades 9-1 2 40 weeks
Students will study fundamentals of music notation and instrumental transpositions to learn how to arrange and create music scores, orchestrations, and background tracks for TV and film. Students will also study fundamentals of acoustics, sound reinforcement, and digital recording in order to gain a better understanding of how to record and reproduce live performances, lectures, and other presentations. This course meets the NY State Regents graduation requirement for music or art.
P-595 Advanced Music Production - 1 credit Grades 10-12 40 weeks
Advanced music production is the continuation of music technology and digital recording. In most cases students should take music technology first; however, advanced music production is open to all students who have taken another high school music class with a recommendation by their teacher, or have previous production experience.
P-598 Guitar - 1 credit Grades 9-12 40 weeks
Guitar is a one-year course covering the basics of the instrument. Students will learn music notation, chord symbols, and standard guitar tablature. Students will learn how to play various styles of music including classical, jazz, blues, and rock. Students will also learn a brief history of the instrument, and its respective musical styles and cultural impacts. The goal of the course is to gain an advanced appreciation of music through learning guitar. There will be opportunities to play solo and in small and large group settings. Students will also learn improvisation, song writing, and how to perform in a standard rock band. The course will culminate with a final recital.