MUSIC COURSE REQUEST

Trimester 3 requests are now closed. However, students may still add/drop until the beginning of the trimester. Please contact Mr. Isecke regarding Concert Band or Mr. Lemma regarding Orchestra, ensembles and all other music electives.

 
 







Trimester 3 requests are now closed. However, students may still add/drop until the beginning of the trimester. Please contact Mr. Isecke regarding Concert Band or Mr. Lemma regarding Orchestra, ensembles and all other music electives.




































































































Concert Band- Large ensemble of woodwind, brass, percussion instruments and string bass. Concert. Concert Band only runs trimesters 1 and 3.


Orchestra- Orchestra is a large ensemble of bowed strings and limited winds/percussion. Orchestra only runs trimesters 1 and 3.


Guitar & Mandolin Orchestra (G&MO)-  A full, conducted orchestra of plucked strings: mandolin, mandola, guitar, mandocello, and bass guitar. Students who perform on bowed string (violin, viola, cello, bass) are most welcome to join.


Drum Machine Shop- Students build and take home an electronic drum machine. Basic soldering skills required. Materials fee of $20 and class limit of 8.


Percussion Ensemble- a medium to large ensemble of various percussionists- including drums, mallets, almost anything that can be struck, hit or played. Keyboard players who can play mallets are most welcome! Each of BCA's 6 ensembles run only one trimester per year.


Ukulele Workshop- Students will build two ukuleles. All steps in the construction and finishing process are included. The instruments remain in the music classroom for all to use. Also, students will help raffle off the old ukuleles at the Autumn Concert. NOTE: this is a 2-trimester elective. Class limit of 4.


Mixed Wind Ensemble- various wind instruments that comprise a traditional wind quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon. Each of BCA's 6 ensembles run only one trimester per year.


Clarinet Ensemble- chamber ensemble of 4 - 8 clarinets and bass clarinet. Each of BCA's 6 ensembles run only one trimester per year.


Handbell Ensemble- Small ensemble (maximum 10) of hand bell ringers, runs one hour a week at some point during the day.


Bergen Arts Ensemble- will perform music from different cultures around the world (Brazil, Ireland, Russia, etc). This is a fun ensemble that performs authentic music of different cultures. Each of BCA's 6 ensembles run only one trimester per year.


NEW Ukulele Class- have a ukulele but need to learn how to play chords and read notes? In this one trimester beginning class students will learn the basics, while having fun performing for each other. 


Guitar 1. This course starts from the very beginning. Students learn chords/notes in first position, reading notation and tabs.They also learn ensemble skills and ONLY OFFERED TRIMESTER 1.


Guitar 2. Picks up where Guitar 1 left off. Covers power chords, barre chords, harmonics, and improvisation. Students make their own guitar picks. ONLY OFFERED TRIMESTER 2.


Guitar 3- Picks up where Guitar 3 left off. Students explore fingerstyle, composition, music theory, and a unit on bass guitar. ONLY OFFERED TRIMESTER 3.


Jazz Band- students in this jazz combo (not a big band) perform music in all jazz styles. In addition to the main stage concerts, the band performs at a jazz club and the PPO Picnic. Jazz Band is a full year course- students must take it all year.

String Ensemble/Quartet- this ensemble is either a string quartet or quartet. Each of BCA's 6 ensembles run only one trimester per year.


Flute Ensemble- chamber ensemble of 4 - 8 flutes and piccolo. Each of BCA's 6 ensembles run only one trimester per year.


Saxophone Ensemble- chamber ensemble of 4 saxophones including soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. Each of BCA's 6 ensembles run only one trimester per year.



Brass Ensemble- typically a quintet of 2 trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba.

Each of BCA's 6 ensembles run only one trimester per year.



Pit Orchestra- This is the orchestra that accompanies the musical. It meets 4x a week trimester 2 (last 3 mods Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri). Check schedule carefully for dates- details of all mandatory after-school rehearsals/performances are on the link for the course request.




 

Music Course Registration is Easy


1. Click on the link to complete the request (you will need your schedule).


2. Every effort is made to find common time where students are available to comprise a course- except for Concert Band and Orchestra, which always meet the last 3 mods.


3. Seats are filled based on schedule availability and audition score.


4. After the music registration period ends, class rosters will be emailed and posted outside the music room.

Registration Tips


1. You may indicate a preference  between two or more different courses by placing a number after your name: 1 for first choice, 2 for second choice, etc. 


2.  If you need to change any info, please email: music@bergen.org.