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Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent

227 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 615-6720

Central School District

music Program

Music in our schools

Elementary Music Program

Kindergarten, first, and second grade students attend one 40 minute music class each week.

  • Comprehensive, purposeful, integrated challenging curriculum

  • Aligns with New York State Standards

  • Opportunities for all to actively participate, create, perform and respond

  • Concepts students are introduced to: melody, rhythm, harmony, tone, form, style, dynamics, movement, singing skills, and tempo

  • Students will have the opportunity to experience different rhythm instruments, and will be exposed to a wide repertoire of music genres, styles and cultures

Intermediate School Music Program

Students of the Goshen Intermediate School are offered a wide variety of music courses, including General Music, Chorus, Strings, and Band. The general music classes are scheduled to meet for 40 minutes once a week.

Instrumental lessons last for a half hour, once a week. There are weekly band section rehearsals that rehearse during recess and full band rehearsals twice a week for 50 minutes before school.

Our fourth and fifth grade choruses rehearse twice a week for 50 minutes before school and an auditioned GIS Singers ensemble will be starting up shortly with one weekly 50 minute rehearsal before the start of the regular school day.

String students have small group lessons for 30 minutes each week. During this time, instruction focuses on building basic playing skills and music reading skills.

Before-school practices are also part of the instruction. This takes place 2-3 days a week from 8-8:50 a.m. This time allows students to utilize the skills they learn during their lessons, under the supervision of their teacher. Having this extra instruction makes it possible for students to advance more quickly.

During before-school practice, students have the opportunity to perform as a group and individually. Students also create their own music patterns on the board, using the rhythms and notes that have been learned. This time also makes it possible for students to listen to music and learn about music history. These are many things that could not be addressed in the short lesson time during the school day.

Middle School Music Program

Grade 7 General Music Curriculum - Basic Music Theory

Students will:

  • Recognize and demonstrate the difference between rhythm and steady beat
    Read, notate, echo, and perform rhythms that include the notes of the G scale

  • Read, notate, echo, and perform melodies that include the notes of the G scale

  • Recognize forms of music to include verse-refrain and ABA form

  • Compose rhythms and melodies to perform on hand drums, guitars, and other instruments

American Music History

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the origins of American popular music in the spirituals

  • Decode and understand the hidden meaning of an Underground Railroad Spiritual

  • Recognize gospel music

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the three styles of blues and the instrumentation that is representative of these styles (country, classic, and urban)

  • Recognize a famous blues performer (i.e. Muddy Waters)

  • Recognize various styles of jazz to include Ragtime, Boogie Woogie, Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Cool Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Jazz-Rock

  • Recognize famous composers and performers for each jazz style which could include: Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Herbie Hancock, and other modern jazz performers

  • Recognize music and performers of the 1950s and 1960s to include Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones
    Recognize the various music styles and performers of the 1970s. Styles to include Punk, Funk, Country Rock, Hard Rock, disco, and early hip-hop
    Recognize instruments of the 1980s and performers to include Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, and others

  • Recognize music and performers of the 1990s and 2000s

  • Research one musical performer from the American Music History Unit and present to the class

Careers in Music:

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Singer/Songwriters

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Audio Engineers

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Professional Musicians

  • Demonstrate knowledge of DJs

  • Demonstrate knowledge of music in movies

Guitar

Students will:

  • Read, Notate (compose), and Perform songs that include the notes of the G scale (songs could include “Jingle Bells” and “Ode to Joy”)

  • Perform at least the I, IV, and V chords in a variety of songs. (i.e. D, G, and A7 chords) This should include the 12 Bar Blues as well as other songs such as “Frere Jacques,” “London Bridge,” “Saints go Marching,” “Pay me my Money Down,” and other three chord songs. Additional chords may be added.

  • Attempt to sing while playing chords on the guitar

Symphony Orchestra

A performing group for intermediate level violin, viola, cello and bass players. Students rehearse every other day during 9th period and attend one small group lesson each week. The group performs on 2 concerts a year, one in December and one in May.

Chamber Orchestra

A performing group for advanced level violin, viola, cello and bass players. Students rehearse every other day during 9th period and attend one small group lesson each week. The group performs on 2 concerts a year, one in December and one in May.

Full orchestra

This group is open to all string students and select band students. The full orchestra meets once a week after school and performs on 2 concerts each year.

High School Music Program

Concert Band
No audition - Full year - 1 or 1/2 credit

The Goshen High School Concert Band is an ensemble that includes students of all playing levels in grades 9 through 12, so anyone who plays a band instrument is welcome in the Concert Band! Throughout the course of the school year, students in the Concert Band will improve their playing skills and musical knowledge as they learn new music and musical concepts. The Concert Band performs two concerts a year, marches for the Memorial Day Parade, and participates in our school’s graduation ceremony. Students in this band will also attend small group lessons throughout the school year.

Symphonic Band
Audition - Full year - 1 credit

The Goshen High School Symphonic Band is an auditioned ensemble made up of students in grades 9 through 12. The Symphonic Band gives students an opportunity to further their playing skills, perform more advanced repertoire, and continue their love of music while playing at a superior level. The Symphonic Band performs two concerts a year, marches for the Memorial Day Parade, and participates in our school’s graduation ceremony. Students in this band will also attend small group lessons throughout the school year.

Stage Band
Audition - Full year

The Goshen High School Stage Band (also known as “The Jazz Band”) is an extra-curricular, auditioned ensemble comprised of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. The Stage Band rehearses once a week for 75 minutes in the evening and performs for concerts and other music events throughout the year.

Concert Choir
No audition - Co-ed - Full year - One credit

This is a freshman choral group in which students learn the same music as the Advanced Concert Choir. Students are encouraged to enroll on an every-day basis; however, students can participate every other day for ½ credit if that is what their schedule will allow. Any and all are welcome to join!

Advanced Concert Choir
No audition - Co-ed - Full year - One credit

This course is the sophomore, junior, senior choral group. Students are encouraged to enroll on an every-day basis; however, students can participate every other day for ½ credit if that is what their schedule will allow. Any student with space in their schedule is encouraged to give chorus a try even if they’ve never sung in school before. Any and all are welcome to join!

Women's Choir
Audition - Female - Full year - 1 or 1/2 credit

This course meets every other day for the entire school year. Auditions are conducted in the spring for the following school year. Young ladies in 8th grade are informed of our audition date so they may participate. Students may NOT add this to their schedule during the school year without written permission from Mrs. Fedor & Mrs. Lloyd.

Varsity Choir
Audition - Co-ed - Full year - One credit

Students in this select choir audition in the spring for the following school year. The course meets every day for the entire school year. Young ladies and gentlemen in 8th grade are informed of our audition date so they may participate. Students may NOT add this to their schedule during the school year without written permission from Mrs. Fedor/Mrs. Lloyd.

Jazz Voices
Audition - Co-ed - Full year - One credit

Students in this select jazz choir audition in the spring for the following school year. The class meets every other day for the entire school year. Young ladies and gentlemen in 8th grade are informed of our audition date so they may participate. Students may NOT add this to their schedule during the school year.

Music Theory I/II
Full year - One credit

Although this course is open to students at any grade level, it is recommended that students who enroll have some musical background or interest. Theory is the technical explanation of musical sound and can be difficult for some students.
*This is a cumulative course and students are encouraged to sign up for Theory I and Theory II within the same school year.

Orchestra
Full year - 1 or 1/2 credit

The Goshen High School Orchestra is comprised of students who play violin, viola, cello and bass at intermediate/advanced playing levels in grades 9 through 12. Throughout the course of the school year, students in the Orchestra will improve their playing skills and musical knowledge as they learn new music and musical concepts. Classical music, as well as pop, jazz, and world music, are studied and performed in this ensemble. The Orchestra performs at two concerts each year, as well as various other performances in the district and community. Students in the Orchestra will also attend small group lessons throughout the school year.