Student-musicians in formal attire
Marching band performing at Disney
Senior Concerto Performance
  • In the Syosset School District, we have found that participation in the arts offers our students an outlet for self-expression that can ignite a lifelong passion for creative endeavors.  Art and music education foster creativity, and help students to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as teach self-discipline and the value of perseverance.  Through the arts, our students cultivate the 21st century skills that will prepare them for success in any career path they choose.  Perhaps most importantly, studying the arts helps students to make connections between themselves, their innermost feelings, and the world around them.

    The courses and performing groups offered by the Music Department are designed to meet the needs, interests and talents of senior high school students. They present opportunities to study music from a technical aspect and to develop self-expression and appreciation through participation in the various instrumental and choral performing groups. If the student wishes to earn a Regents diploma with advanced designation using a five unit sequence in music, one unit must be in theory. The remaining units may be earned in any music course. Graduation honors must include one year of theory, as well as fulfillment of normal honors criteria.

    A requirement of the various musical-performing groups is that students participate in the public performance and school functions in which the groups are involved. Students also participate in weekly sectional lessons.

    Students who plan to specialize in music or music education as a career are urged to elect not only music theory during their high school years but also to participate in one or more of the musical performing organizations.

    All performance courses, as well as music theory, are acceptable to fulfill the one unit music/art requirement for high school graduation.

Department: Music

Course Number: 6510

Course Title: MUSIC THEORY

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read music.

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Required For: Sequence in music, Regents diploma with music major, and honors in music.

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Description: To develop skills in music composition, analysis, ear training and harmony. Content includes study of terminology, musical styles, prominent composers and various musical forms. Emphasis is on individual creativity from short musical compositions to scoring for ensembles. Students use the electronic music/MacIntosh computer laboratory.

Department: Music

Course Number: 6500

Course Title: A.P. MUSIC THEORY

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

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Prerequisites: Music Theory I

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Expense: Student expense for AP exam is approximately $94.

Description: This is a rigorous college level course that will prepare students for college music programs. Students will develop advanced skills in musical composition, analysis, harmonization, listening, and sight singing. All students will be expected to take the A.P. examination in May. Students who do well in this course will find that they are well prepared for college music theory programs.

Department: Music

Course Number: 6750

Course Title: NINTH GRADE BAND

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 9

Prerequisites: Recommendation from middle school band director or by audition.

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Description: Provides an opportunity to perform the finest band literature available to high school students and to work in smaller ensembles weekly. Develop basic instrumental skills including tone production, instrumental technique and basic theory. Band performs at major school events, including concerts and other activities where band music is appropriate.

Department: Music

Course Number: 6780

Course Title: SYMPHONIC BAND

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Recommendation, director's invitation, or by audition.

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Description: Provides an opportunity to perform the finest band literature available to high school students and to work in smaller ensembles weekly. Band performs at major school events, which includes concerts and other activities where band music is appropriate. Members participate in the Syosset High School Marching Band.

Department: Music

Course Number: 6840

Course Title: WIND ENSEMBLE

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: Audition or invitation of director.

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Description: A select wind ensemble, one or two instruments on each part which performs wind and band literature are composed specifically for this type of instrumentation. Orchestral wind players are selected from this group and rehearse regularly with orchestra. Members participate in the Syosset High School Marching Band.