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BAND PROGRAM

The McCallum High School Band program is highly respected throughout the state on the concert stage as well as on the marching field. The MAC BAND is a consistent UIL (University Interscholastic League) Sweepstakes Trophy winner (1st Divisions in Marching, Concert and Sightreading) and has been awarded Grand Champion in numerous concert festivals throughout the United States. Their 2016 performance at Carnegie Hall marked their sixth concert appearance at this most prestigious concert hall in New York City.  


McCallum High School is THE 2015 National GRAMMY Signature School, recognized by the GRAMMY Foundation as the top music education high school in the United States.

Major State and National Recognitions

2004 TMEA State Honor Band Finalist

2005 UIL State Marching Contest

2007 Midwest International “Knights of Steel” Performance

2012 Midwest International “Knights of Steel” Performance

2014 TMEA State Honor Band Finalist

2015 Percussion Arts Society International Ensemble Winner

2016 TMEA State Honor Band Finalist

2016 National Winner—National Wind Band Contest

2017 Texas Color Guard Circuit East Championships Finalist–Novice

2018 TMEA State Honor Band Finalist

 

BAND MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

LARGE BAND ENSEMBLE & MARCHING BAND

To be taken every year.  Marching band requires extensive early morning practices and evening/weekend games.

MUSIC THEORY I/ PIANO I

Required in 11th grade.  Both theory and piano performance are part of the curriculum.  (Option to test out prior to spring break in 10th grade.)

AP MUSIC THEORY

Required in 12th grade.  Can be taken pass/fail.

PARTICIPATION IN UIL SOLO CONTEST

Must be completed every year.

EARN A MINIMUM GRADE OF 70 IN EVERY CLASS

Evaluated every six weeks grading period.

EARN A MINIMUM GRADE OF 80 IN ALL FINE ARTS CLASSES LISTED ABOVE

Evaluated every six weeks grading period.

MAINTAIN A 90% OR ABOVE IN-CLASS ATTENDANCE RATE & HAVE NO SERIOUS BEHAVIOR INFRACTIONS

Evaluated every six weeks grading period and as needed.

ACADEMY ENRICHMENT PARTICIPATION ASSIGNMENT

To be completed in 9th, 10th and 11th grade.

GRADUATE ON THE DISTINGUISHED PLAN

(4 core academic courses all 4 years)

 

BAND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Large band ensemble & marching band not listed.

Taken in 11th grade

MUSIC THEORY I

This course is designed to provide students an understanding of keyboarding skills. An emphasis is placed on developing technique and music reading. These skills will be demonstrated in both informal (class) and formal (recital) performance settings throughout the school year. An ability to read music in both bass and treble clef is suggested, but NOT required. Piano I is a great class for beginner pianists as well as pianists with previous experience but who have not had rigorous lessons recently. All students will work out of the same textbook, however, solo pieces will range in difficulty contingent on previous piano experience. Students will not only learn beginner to intermediate piano repertoire, but an extensive understanding of basic to intermediate music theory concepts as well.

Taken in 12th grade

AP MUSIC THEORY

This course is designed to prepare you for the freshmen experience in music theory at the university level.  Strong emphasis is given to listening skills, particularly those involving recognition and comprehension of melodic and rhythmic patterns, harmonic functions, small-scale forms, and compositional techniques.  Fluency in reading musical notation and a strong grounding in music fundamentals, terminology and analysis is required.  Throughout the course, you are encouraged to listen to musical works attentively and analytically, developing your “musical memory” and your ability to articulate responses to formal, stylistic, and other aesthetic qualities of the works.  Study both in and outside of the classroom is expected.  You will need to have a basic command of the piano keyboard and be able to play simple scales, chords and two, three and four-part harmonization.  Though not required, it is highly recommended that students take the AP Music Theory exam during the spring semester.

 

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