MUSIC

Philosophy Of The Department

The aim of the Music Department is to develop and make available to students a music curriculum of comprehensive scope which provides a wide variety of musical experiences for both students having a limited background and for those with more advanced musical preparation.

Objectives include: To enrich the lives of the students through creative and expressive experiences gained through the study and performance of music. To provide instruction to lead to a more complete understanding and appreciation of the fine arts.

Franklin Marching Band

Prerequisites: Auditions are required for Color Guard members. Previous experience on band instruments is a requirement in most cases.

The award-winning marching patriots is a voluntary after-school activity that performs for football games and travels throughout the state for Saturday competitions. This program is about participation, teamwork, and dedication. It is a showcase for all to participate and become winners in life. We are about putting excellence on the line and increasing self-worth through achievement, success, and dedication to a goal and purpose. Band classes during the day are required unless you are on Color Guard.
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1731/2731—Franklin Jazz Band

Prerequisites: Admission by audition only. Open only to tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students who have had at least four years experience on their instruments. Ninth grade students are not admitted to this class.

The Jazz Band will study and increase basic techniques of jazz improvisation in a variety of jazz styles. Music history, music theory, and a wide range of musical styles will be explored and performed through the year. The Jazz Band performs frequently at both school and community functions. After school and/or evening rehearsals and concerts are required.
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1732/2732—Concert Band

Prerequisites: The Concert Band is a musical ensemble open to all students with previous experience on band instruments. No auditions required.

The Concert Band will perform music for concerts and other school and community events throughout the school year. The class will be devoted to increasing knowledge in musicianship, music history, theory, and prepare students to advance to Symphony Band. A variety of music styles and concert band literature will be explored.  After school and/or evening rehearsals and concerts are required.
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1734/2734—Symphony Band

Prerequisites: The Symphonic Band is an ensemble of students with exceptional musical ability which is determined through a special audition given by the director.

The Symphonic Band will perform the best of the band literature at concerts, community events, and in contests throughout the school year. After school and/or evening rehearsals and concerts are required.
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1738/2738—Freshman & Sophomore Orchestra

Prerequisites: None. Open to all ninth and tenth grade students without an audition who have had previous experience on violin, viola, cello, or string bass.

The class is designed to prepare students for Symphony Orchestra by focusing on basic string techniques. After school and/or evening rehearsals and concerts are required.

Objective: To provide instrumental music students an opportunity to perform Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century literature; develop the technical abilities of each student by focusing on finger patterns, shifting, vibrato, and all styles of bowing.
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1739/2739—Junior & Senior Orchestra

Prerequisites: Eleventh and twelfth grade students who have had at least four years of experience on violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Strings perform as a full orchestra, string orchestra, and chamber strings. After school and/or evening rehearsals and concerts are required.

The objective of the orchestra is to provide instrumental music students an opportunity to perform Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century literature in its original form; develop a high degree of refinement in performance skills; and attain first-hand experience in the production of major works for orchestra.
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1741/2741—Franklin Choir (Mixed Choir)

Prerequisites: Girls: must have completed one year in Cantando Chorale. Open to girls grades 10-12. All boys grades 9-12.

Franklin Choir is a performing group offering training in musicianship, vocal production, sight singing, music theory and music history. They perform frequently at in-school and out of school functions, choral festivals, and contests singing fine choral repertoire of both sacred and secular arrangements. After school and/or evening rehearsals and concerts are required.
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1744/2744—Cantando Chorale (Women’s Ensemble)

Prerequisites: Open to all girls, grades 9-12

The Cantando Chorale is a women’s ensemble offering training in musicianship, vocal production, sight singing, music theory, and music history. They perform in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony. Performances are at in-school functions, out of school functions, choral festivals, and concerts singing the finest SSA repertoire available. After school and/or evening rehearsals and concerts are required.
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1749/2749—Bel Canto Choir

Prerequisites: All students must pass auditions in vocal technique and sight reading. (Open to 10-12 grade boys and 11-12 grade girls)

The Bel Canto Choir is a selective performing organization offering advanced training in musicianship, voice production, sight singing, music theory and music history. They perform frequently at in-school and community functions, choral festivals, and contests singing the finest chorale repertoire of both sacred and secular arrangements. After school and/or evening rehearsals and concerts are required.
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1754/2754—Music Theory and Appreciation                                           

Prerequisites: None

Music Theory and Appreciation will explore a variety of music subjects including:  Music Theory, Composing and Arranging using Music Technology Programs, Keyboard (Piano) Unit, Styles of Music—History of Rock and Jazz, Vocal/Choral Music, Music in Film, Instrumental Music, Musical Theater, Overview of Music History—1500’s to present, and Music Technology.