Director of Instrumental Music:
Mr. Gary Coartney, M.A., M.S.
Eligibility: Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Open Enrollment, prior experience preferred (but not a prerequisite) with Violin, viola, cello and double bass instruments.
CHS Requirements: This course is worth 5 units per semester (10 units total) and fulfills one year of elective requirements. This is a yearlong course of study.
College Track: This course fulfills the one-year Fine Arts requirements and the U.C./C.S.U. “F” Requirement.
Instrumental Music II
String Orchestra is a beginning to advanced instrumental music class. This is a co-curricular class. Co-curricular is defined as activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement, in some way, what students are learning in school-i.e., experiences that are connected to or mirror the academic curriculum. Co-curricular activities are typically, but not always, defined by their separation from academic courses.
This ensemble rehearses during scheduled class time on the fundamental of music, performance literature and performance technique. This ensemble performs at a minimum of once per semester. During 1st semester the ensemble will perform a home concert.
Students will learn the intermediate to advanced concepts in music theory, history, composition, pedagogy, and performance.
During 2nd semester, focusing on all aspects of musicianship, including creating, performing, responding and connecting to various musical forms and styles throughout history and from various cultures. This ensemble will give multiple performances throughout the semester (including concerts, festivals, showcases and other events).