Music

Greetings, musicians! There are many opportunities for you to be involved in the music program at Williams, so be sure to take advantage of them.

Mr. Emanuel will be directing all of the ensembles this year. Please read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, you may email Mr. Emanuel at pemanuel@williamsschool.org.

Those students who are already members of an ensemble do not have to re-audition.

Band

(Grades 7-12)

Band is open to all students who own and play a band instrument and who also read music. The repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary. Performances occur at Winterfest and Spring Concert. Full-year course, 1/2 credit.

Jazz Band

Grades 7 -12

Membership in this instrumental group is by audition only. Auditions are held in September and January. The repertoire ranges from standard to contemporary. Performances occur at Winterfest and Spring Concert. Full-year course, 1/2 credit.

Music Theory

This course begins with a review of such fundamentals as standard notation, scales, intervals, and chords, and then moves on to cover structural elements, including melodic organization, harmonic progression, four-part voice leading, modulation, and form. Students will explore those topics in order to increase their understanding of how music works, and how to write their own music.

Music Composition and Recording Studio (Advanced)

This course is for students whose proficiency and prior experience with complex music concepts and standard music notation enables them to compose and notate their own music. In addition to the traditional medium of paper, students will use digital notation software. The course will also cover the use of the school’s digital composition and recording equipment.

 

Music Auditions

Acabellas (females) Our female singing group has taken a new direction and will be focusing on a cappella music. We are looking for new members from all grades to join in the excitement. Auditions will be on Monday and Tuesday, September 14 and 15, in the music room. See Mr. Emanuel to schedule a time. Be ready to sing a song of your choice without
accompaniment, sing a major scale (“do-re-mi” etc.), and match pitches that you hear played on a piano. C’mon, you know you wanna sing!

Acafellas (males) Our male a cappella singing group is also looking for new members from all grades. Auditions for Acafellas also will be on Monday and Tuesday, September 14 and 15, in the music room. See Mr. Emanuel to schedule a time. Be ready to sing a song of your choice without
accompaniment, sing a major scale (“do-re-mi” etc.), and match pitches that you hear played on a piano. C’mon, you know you wanna sing!

Pit Band for Into the Woods – As always, the pit band for the spring musical will consist entirely of student musicians. This year’s musical will be Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, which will require string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. If you’re interested in being a member of this auspicious group, please speak with Mr. Emanuel during the first week of September.

Compchorea Music – The emphasis for this year’s music will be on variety, so your song should be distinctive in style and instrumentation and as complete as possible if you plan to audition for the show. Auditions will be held during the week after Thanksgiving. See Mr. Emanuel for details.