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Ms. Candis Pohl, Assistant Principal
(718)258-9283 ext 5191
 
 
 
* Note, the below information is for a traditional school learning environment.  Due to the current pandemic the Murrow Music Institute has been nimble as we remain committed to a high-quality music education.
 

 

COURSE OFFERINGS

Murrow has the largest and most comprehensive high school music department in Brooklyn.  Students have an opportunity to go beyond the one semester of music needed to fulfill their diploma requirement.  Students can learn how to play the guitar, piano, percussion, a band instrument or sing in a chorus - without any prerequisite or audition.  As well, with a placement audition, a student may also sing in any one of the following choruses: Junior Chorus, Senior Chorus, Gospel chorus and Madrigal Choir. If you played an instrument in junior high school, we encourage you to continue your studies by participating in one of our many performance classes. Consult with your guidance counselor or the assistant principal of music for an appropriate placement.  Any student interested in pursuing music beyond the minimum graduation requirement, may continue in a sequence of study in the guitar, piano, choral or band program.  Also, with permission from a music teacher, any student may take specialized classes in vocal technique, instrumental technique or music theory (including dictation and sight-singing.)
 
The Music Institute is an auditioned program for students who are committed to developing their skills in music. Music Institute students will fulfill the requirements for a Chancellor’s Endorsed Arts diploma.  Students who receive this diploma along with passing a second Math and Science regents will graduate high school with an Advanced Regents Diploma.  
 
Courses:
BEGINNING BAND (No Prerequisite)  
Instruction for students interested in learning trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, flute, clarinet, or saxophone. It could be the start of your progression to Intermediate Band.
 
INTERMEDIATE BAND   (Prerequisite – pass with a G or higher one year of Beginning Band)        
Instruction for students interested in continuing their studies from Beginning Band.
        
CONCERT BAND (by audition and pass Intermediate Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with a minimum of l year playing experience on a band instrument. Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills, play music of the popular and standard band repertoire.
 
 SYMPHONIC BAND (by audition and pass Concert Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to students with 2 or more years playing experience on a band instrument. Students will further develop performance skills through study of advanced band literature and competitions.
 
JAZZ BAND (by audition and pass one year of Concert Band)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with 2 or more years playing experience on a band instrument. Students develop Jazz performance and improvisation skills through the study of Jazz repertoire and appropriate theory and competitions.
 
STRING ORCHESTRA (by audition)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with a minimum of 1 year playing experience on a string instruments. Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills, and perform music of popular and standard orchestral literature and study appropriate theory and competitions.
 
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (by audition)
A performance ensemble for string players. Prerequisite is AUX String Orchestra or by permission of the ensemble director. Students develop ensemble techniques, improve performance skills and perform music of popular and standard string orchestral literature and study of appropriate theory.
 
MUSICAL THEATRE ORCHESTRA      (By audition)
The pit orchestra for the two musicals (semester one and semester two)
 
BEGINNING CHORUS (No Prerequisite)
Instruction for students interested in learning how to sing in a chorus. 
 
TREBLE CHORUS (Prerequisite – Beginning Chorus, Junior Chorus or audition)
Performance ensemble with added focus on improving musicianship and ensemble skills
 
JUNIOR CHORUS (by audition)
Performance ensemble. Instruction for all students interested in developing their singing skills.
No previous experience necessary, however, students will be auditioned.
 
SENIOR CHORUS (Prerequisite – Junior or Treble Chorus or audition)                        
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with a minimum of 1/2 year choral experience.
Develop vocal performance skills through the study of advanced choral literature.
 
GOSPEL CHORUS (by audition)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students interested in the study and performance of Gospel Music. Students develop vocal performance skills through a wide spectrum of traditional and contemporary Gospel/Sacred literature. Students are prepared to perform in competitions, festivals and other venues serving the community.
 
CHAMBER CHOIR (by audition)
Chamber Choir is an advanced a cappella choir that performs serious literature in various languages
from the 14th century to the present. Students are prepared to perform in music competitions and
festivals.  See Choir Director for audition.
 
BEGINNING PIANO (No Prerequisite)       (For Beginners Only - No Advanced Students)  
Instruction for all students interested in playing piano. No previous experience required.
 
INTERMEDIATE  PIANO (Prerequisite - Beginning Piano or audition)
Instruction for all students interested in continuing their piano studies
 
ADVANCED PIANO (Prerequisite - Intermediate Piano or audition)
Instruction for all students interested in more advanced piano techniques.  Open to students with a minimum of 1 year playing experience.
 
PIANO PRACTICUM (Prerequisite Advanced Piano)
Open to all students who wish to continue their piano studies after completing advanced piano.
 
BEGINNING GUITAR (For beginners only - no advanced students) (No Prerequisite)
Instruction for all students interested in playing guitar. No previous experience required.
 
INTERMEDIATE GUITAR (Prerequisite - Beginning Guitar)
Instruction for all students interested in continuing their guitar studies
 
GUITAR ENSEMBLE (By audition)
Performance ensemble. Open to all students with a minimum of 1 year playing experience on guitar.  Students develop performance skills through the study and performance of appropriate literature.

MUSIC HISTORY (No Prerequisite)
This course is designed for all students as an introductory course focusing on a survey of music to encompass the musical traditions and approaches experienced, composed, and performed around the world. Besides serving as an introductory course for music students it also fulfills the ½ year music requirement. This class introduces research techniques and skills that culminates in a research project that is presented in a conventional academic format.
 
The following courses are offered to Music Institutes students or by permission from the Assistant Principal of Music:
  • VOCAL TECH (1st year)
Focus on fundamentals in Vocal Technique and Solfege
  • BAND TECH (1st year)
Focus on technique fundamentals for band instruments and music literacy
  • STRING TECH (1st year)
Focus on technique fundamentals in string instruments and music literacy
  • VOCAL PIANO THEORY (2nd year)
Instruction for vocal students interested in playing piano and learning music theory.
  • INSTRUMENTAL PIANO THEORY (2nd year)
Instruction for instrumental students interested in playing piano and learning music theory.
  • RECITAL AND REPERTOIRE and Recital
For vocal students to prepare solo and small ensemble performances for recital and college auditions
 
Music Technology Course (CTE Program)
INTRO TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY I (Open to all rising 10th Graders Interested)
Introduces students to basic music and audio principles through the writing, recording, and production of various sound recording projects. Students write and record an original song at the end of the course.

INTRO TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY II (Prerequisite – Introduction to Music Technology I)
Topics include post-production (editing, mixing and mastering), using basic music theory (notes and scales, beat-matching, key-matching, chord structure) to create different types of recording projects, including mashups and remixes, as well as original compositions, and creating musical elements using MIDI (bass lines, melodies, drum patterns).

RECORDING TECHNIQUES & MIDI (Prerequisite – Introduction to Music Technology II)
Furthers student knowledge of music production through the exploration of advanced MIDI recording and editing, sampling, and audio recording techniques. Topics studied this term include review of creating MIDI instrumentation, creating sampler instruments, advanced sampling techniques, using audio effects to sound design samples, and original song composition with MIDI.

RECORDING TECHNIQUES & MIDI II (Prerequisite – Recording Techniques & MIDI I)
Topics include contemporary recording studio techniques, including microphone selection, placement, and techniques for recording drums, bass, piano, guitar, woodwinds, strings, and vocals, and ensemble recording. Students record an ensemble performing a piece they composed.

STUDIO PRACTICUM I(Prerequisite – Recording Techniques & MIDI II)
Capstone course taught where students apply skills acquired throughout the program to run a music technology business that creates media to serve the needs of the school community and individual artistic. Tasks include recording ensembles, filming school events, composing music for dance ensemble, the planetarium, etc., and producing the Music Tech Fall Showcase.

STUDIO PRACTICUM II (Prerequisite – Studio Practicum I)
Continuation of Studio Practicum I. Tasks include recording the spring concert, musical, and planning, promoting, and producing Music x Tech Fest and the Record Release Show.

Advanced Placement Courses
ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY (SPECIAL PERMISSION – Prerequisite: Piano Theory and approval by the instructor)
Students will develop the ability to recognize (visually and aurally) and understand the tonal-rhythmic nature of any music that is heard or read in score. Course includes harmony, theory, music dictation, sight singing, and ear-training. The course ends with an advanced placement examination which may earn college credit.