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Niskayuna Schools > Academics > Music Department > HS Music Program > Sequence of Study & Advanced Regents Requirements

 

Music as a sequence of study & Advanced regents requirements

To fulfill graduation requirements, all students must earn at least one (1) unit in music or art.

Music as a Sequence of Study

Students planning to major in music must have either a three- or five unit sequence of music courses. The three-unit sequence can consist of performing ensembles (Skill Development) and music theory classes (Musical Knowledge). For the five-unit sequence, MIDI Technology-Studio I (Attitude Development) is added.

Advanced Regents Diploma

For those planning to satisfy the Advanced Regents Diploma requirements with a sequence in music, it the five-unit sequence is required.

Skill Development, Ensembles, & Expectations

Students who enroll in ensembles do so because they find musical performance a satisfying experience. As students mature and further develop their musicianship skills, they also develop important leadership qualities. These student members serve as positive role models for less experienced performers. Without them it would be difficult to maintain the high standards of excellence associated with the high school performing ensembles. Therefore, once enrolled in performing ensembles it is anticipated that students continue to enroll in ensembles in subsequent years.

Music ensembles are available to all students through an "open audition" process. "Open auditions" are held each January for the following school year. Information about auditions is available from music teachers or the music office.

Students enrolled in Studio Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Stage Band, Chamber Strings or Bel Canto Voices must also be members of their respective core ensemble: Concert Chorale, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Ladies First or Choir.

Sequences for Vocal Majors

Course

3-unit sequence

5-unit sequence

Music Theory I

1/2 credit

1/2 credit

Music Theory II/AP Music Theory

1/2 credit

Ensembles

2 credits

2 credits

Attitude Development

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1 credit

 

Sequences for Instrumental Majors

Course

3-unit sequence

5-unit sequence

Music Theory I

1/2 credit

1/2 credit

Music Theory II/AP Music Theory

1/2 credit

Ensembles

2 credits

2 credits

Attitude Development

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1 credit

     

Music Theory II/AP Music Theory is available to all students who meet the prerequisites, not just students seeking a 5-unit sequence in music.