At Enka High School, students may take Marching Band Class during the fall semester, and Concert or Symphonic Band in the Spring Semester. Because of the flexibility of our scheduling many students opt to take band class for the full year. Marching Band practice for the full band, percussion, and color guard are held after school in the fall. During the late fall, winter and spring, students work before or after school getting extra help for all-county, all-district, or all-state band auditions. There are many other performance opportunities for EHS students, such as Jazz band.
The Learning Experience
Music at the high school level builds on K-8 music experiences as a comprehensive, sequential, and discipline-based program. Students continue to broaden their respect for and understanding of music as an art form. Students examine the relationship of music to other content areas and the role and meaning of music in various social, cultural, and historical contexts. Technical expertise, artistic expression, and aesthetic judgment are enhanced through reflective practice, study, and evaluation of their own work and that of others.
Presentation of work is a natural progression in the study of music. A high-quality performance is only one of many valid outcomes of music education. Students will have opportunities to demonstrate their work in many venues at the high school level. Performances are a culmination of the process of studying and/or creating music. Performances should not determine the curriculum; but, excellent, high-quality performances are typical at the high school level. Informances, demonstrating the process that students use to arrive at a performance as a result of instruction, are also appropriate at this level. Performing is a learning experience that helps students to define the roles of performers and audience members, teaches students to respond to and critique music appropriately, and helps students to build confidence and pride in their work. Performances also help foster an appreciation of music as an art form and as a form of communication.
Course of Study