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Music is a science as it engages acoustics and includes graph reading. It is mathematicl in regard to rhythm and the subdivisions of time into fractions. Music is a foreign language that also teachers history through a contest of artistic interpretation of events. Music is physical education as it requires coordination of the fingers, hands, artms, diaphragm, chest and back.

Program Goals

  • Encourage each student's giftedness.
  • Provide opportunities for students to share their God-given talents with the community.
  • Allow students to grow intellectually and aesthetically.
  • Enable students to think critically.
  • Teach students to communicate effectively.

After School Opportunities

  • Instrumental and Vocal private lessons
  • All-School Musical
  • Solo-Ensemble Contest
  • Christmas caroling in the community
  • Performance trips
  • All Catholic Band at DePaul University
  • IMEA District Auditions
  • MiniConcerts
  • Piano Lab experience in Music: Bach to Rock

Classes

*denoates honors level option

Chorus I

This chorus provides students with an opportunity to sing with a large group. Basic vocal techniques, sight-singing skills and theory are developed. A variety of choral music is sung, and public performances are included in this course.

Chorus II

Chorus II continues to build and strengthen vocal techniques. Students are provided with large and small group experience. More advanced levels in theory and sight-singing are covered. Several public performances are included in the course. Prerequisite of Chorus I is required.

Advanced Chorus*

Advanced Chorus is comprised of juniors and seniors and provides students with the opportunity to sing more advanced choral literature, study a higher level of music theory and sing both in school and for special outside performances. Prerequisite of Chorus II is required.

Honors Level

Considerable additional work to be done outside of class leading to an increased musical proficiency and depth of musical knowledge is required for honors credit. Prerequisite of Chorus II is required.

A Cappella*

Time: Monday & Wednesday – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This is a specialized group concentrating on A Cappella choral literature that demands members who are highly motivated. Membership in a McAuley chorus is required.

Honors Level

Considerable additional work to be done outside of class leading to an increased musical proficiency and depth of musical knowledge is required for honors credit.

Mac Melody

Time: Monday & Wednesday – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Mac Melody is a specialized group concentrating on the “show choir” aspect of music. This class will incorporate dancing into choral performances. Membership in a McAuley chorus is required. Several public performances are required.

Beginning Strings

Members learn to play an orchestral instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass). It is an expectation upon successful completion of this course that these students continue their music in a performance group. Instrumental choice is determined by availability of instruments. No experience on any instrument is necessary. 

Intermediate Strings

Intermediate Strings is a second year of group instruction, combining the four orchestral string groups into a single ensemble. It follows the successful completion of Upper or Lower Beginning Strings and intended to prepare the students for the advanced Symphony String Orchestra.

Symphony Strings*

This is an advanced level string ensemble that forms the body of string instruments for the symphonic orchestra. They will combine with the woodwind, brass and percussion instruments of the Symphony - Chamber Winds ensemble for numerous public performances throughout the school year. It is expected that members of the Symphony Strings will have at least two years of group or private instruction on their instruments before being considered for the ensemble. An audition is required for new members.

Honors Level

Considerable additional work to be done outside of class leading to an increased musical proficiency and depth of musical knowledge is required for honors credit.

String Ensemble*

Time: Monday and Wednesday – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

String Ensemble is a performing group of violinists, violists. cellists, bassists and keyboard players who have proficiency on their instruments. This group performs for school and community events. Membership in Symphony String Orchestra is required.

Honors Level

Considerable additional work to be done outside of class leading to an increased musical proficiency and depth of musical knowledge is required for honors credit.

Beginning Band - Mother McAuley & Brother Rice

In this course, members learn to play a wind, brass, or percussion instrument. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to continue their music in a performance group. Instrument choice is determined by student preference and balance of the ensemble. No experience on any instrument is necessary.

Concert Band - Mother McAuley & Brother Rice

Throughout the course, students will develop their technical and reading skills playing woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. A variety of method materials and ensemble repertoire will challenge students to prepare for public performance. To enroll, students must have at least one year of musical training. This class will be taught in conjunction with Brother Rice at Brother Rice, and it is an expectation that all students in the class would march in the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Marching Band during the first quarter. Finally, students in the Concert Band will be assessed a $100.00 band uniform/activity fee to cover the costs associated with participation in the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Marching Band; the fee will be included in the tuition bill.

Symphonic Band Honors - Mother McAuley & Brother Rice

This course is for students in Grades 9-12 who have mastered the fundamentals of music and intermediate music theory/ performance concepts. Students in this course will work on the “Core” of wind ensemble literature. They will perform original works written to help the instrumentalist reach the pinnacle of music performance. Members of this ensemble will be exposed to the gamut of key and time signatures as they relate to music composed in the common practice period of music. Students will be placed in this course at the discretion of the director following an audition. This class will be taught in conjunction with Brother Rice at Brother Rice, and it is an expectation that all students in the class would march in the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Marching Band during the first quarter. Finally, students in the Symphonic Band Honors will be assessed a $100.00 band uniform/activity fee to cover the costs associated with participation in the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Marching Band; the fee will be included in the tuition bill.

Philharmonic Band Honors - Mother McAuley & Brother Rice

This Honors class is the top level ensemble for students who play wind and percussion instruments. Students in this class will learn advanced musical techniques, learn the core of wind and percussion literature, and be able to analyze music from performance and listening. This ensemble will perform music at a collegiate level, compete at music festivals in the Chicagoland area, and represent Mother McAuley and Brother Rice at a variety of local and national events. Members of this ensemble will join the members of the Symphonic and Concert Bands in making up the Brother Rice and Mother McAuley Marching Band. Admission into this class is by audition only. This class will be taught in conjunction with Brother Rice at Brother Rice, and it is an expectation that all students in the class would march in the Brother Rice/ Mother McAuley Marching Band during the first quarter. Finally, students in the Philharmonic Band Honors will be assessed a $100.00 band uniform/activity fee to cover the costs associated with participation in the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Marching Band; the fee will be included in the tuition bill.

Music Theory Workshop

Time: Tuesday – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Music Theory Workshop is a course intended to prepare students for college-level music theory course work. Aural skills exercises related to these topics will be included. Students will have weekly workbook assignments and aural skills assignments. Students must be members of a music department performance ensemble and pass the Theory Book One exam before registering for this course. This course alternates yearly with Vocal Techniques (812) and will be offered during the 2017-2018 school year.

Music: From Bach to Rock

This course is designed to afford students an opportunity to explore music as a general cultural subject through a survey of music history and literature, theory, recordings, performances and active participation.

Vocal Techniques

Time: Tuesday – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This course is for students who want to develop vocal technique and vocal repertoire. Participation in recitals is required. Membership in a McAuley chorus is a prerequisite. This course alternates yearly with Music Theory Workshop (813) and will be offered in the 2016-2017 school year.

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  • 3737 W. 99th Street
  • Chicago, IL 60655
  • Phone 773.881.6500
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