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MR. AHRENS

David Ahrens

Mr. David Ahrens

Teacher | Choral Director | Band Conductor
530.268.3700
 
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Symphonic Band

Grade Levels: 9-12
Repetitions for Credit: Yes
Prerequisites: Proficiency on one or more band instruments
Graduation Requirement:Elective-VPA/CTE/World Language - UC/CSU 'F'

This course is designed for instrumentalists with at least one year experience who are interested in further developing their musical skills. Groups perform intermediate and advanced level concert band literature; includes Marching and Pre Band.


Jazz Band

Grade Levels: 9-12
Repetitions for Credit: Yes
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Symphonic Band and/or instructor’s permission.  Audition required.
Graduation Requirement:Elective-VPA/CTE/World Language

Students learn the principles of jazz performance, including style, interpretation, jazz theory, and improvisation. Several performing opportunities throughout the school year.


BR Voices

Grade Levels: 9-12
Repetitions for Credit: Yes
Prerequisites: None
Graduation Requirement:Elective-VPA/CTE/World Language - UC/CSU 'F'

This course teaches the musical concepts and technique of performing at a beginning level. Students will learn how to produce controlled and accurate pitch and create a mature tone, as well as learn the basics of music notation and musical vocabulary. Students will be exposed to the major scale and diverse repertoire and will be asked to think deeply about the discipline of music from a number of perspectives, including style, genre, mood, and historical and cultural context. Additional topics of study include demonstrating appropriate performance etiquette, identifying musical contrasts, evaluating performances, and creating new music through compositions and improvisations.
  


Jazz Unlimited

Grade Levels: 11-12
Repetitions for Credit: Yes
Prerequisites: Chorus or consent of director.
Graduation Requirement: Elective-VPA/CTE/World Language - UC/CSU 'F'

This is an upper-level course for advanced musicians who have had at least two years of high school vocal experience. Emphasis will be placed on strengthening vocal technique, sight singing, music theory, and history. Students will sing a variety of medium to advanced level literature from all stylistic periods, including vocal jazz. There will be many performance opportunities throughout the year. This ensemble will at times sing with the Bear River Voices under the title of Concert Chorale. All members of this ensemble are expected to practice daily outside of class and be listening regularly to choral recordings


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