Sussex Tech High School

Band 1
Credit – 1
Musicians enrolled in Band 1 will participate in all phases of the instrumental program including marching band, parades, competitions, community activities, assemblies, and concerts. Students will be able to perform the requirements for Junior County Band in their appropriate part of the ensemble with expression and technical accuracy. Students will have the opportunity to experience continued growth on their instrument as well as the expansion of their knowledge of music through music theory, history, and performance.

Band 2
Credit – 1
Prerequisite – Band 1
Musicians enrolled in Band 2 will participate in all phases of the instrumental program including marching band, parades, competitions, community activities, assemblies, and concerts. Students will be able to perform the requirements for Senior County Band at a proficient level. Various ensembles will be included to give participating students the opportunity to experience performance in small groups. Students will develop sightreading skills, analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire, and develop a more extensive knowledge of the technical vocabulary of music.

Band 3
Credit – 1
Prerequisite – Band 2
Musicians enrolled in Band 3 will participate in all phases of the instrumental program including marching band, parades, competitions, community activities, assemblies, and concerts. Students will be able to perform the requirements for Senior All-State Band at a skilled level on their primary instrument and develop a basic understanding of each instrument in its family. Students will develop specific criteria for making informed critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of performances and apply the criteria in their participation. Students will be required to explain how selected principles and subject matter of various non-art disciplines are interrelated with those of music.

Band 4
Credit – 1
Prerequisite – Band 3
Students must demonstrate the ability to perform music at a proficient level in solo and small ensembles. In addition to performance, members of this ensemble will play from memory a varied repertoire of solo and instrumental literature that includes many independent parts. The instructor and student will decide upon a performance situation including, but not limited to, ensemble conducting, solo feature, or recital.

Chorus 1
Credit – 1
Students enrolled in Chorus 1 will sing daily in class and perform for the school and community. A variety of choral music will be sung from many cultures and time periods. All choir members learn basic music notation and how to read a choral score through basic music theory. Students will gain a basic understanding of the vocal mechanism and how it works and develop healthy vocal production. Students will have opportunities to audition for solos, select small ensembles, Delaware All-State Chorus, and participate in two vocal recitals throughout the year (optional).

Chorus 2
Credit – 1
Prerequisite – Chorus 1
Students enrolled in Chorus 2 will sing daily in class and perform for the school and community. A variety of choral music will be sung from many cultures and time periods. All choir members will further develop sight-singing skills, music notation understanding, and expand their capability of assessing assigned repertoire. Students will further their knowledge of the vocal mechanism and expand their vocal capabilities. Students will have opportunities to audition for solos, select small ensembles, Delaware All-State Chorus, and participate in two vocal recitals throughout the year (optional).

Chorus 3
Credit – 1
Prerequisite – Chorus 2
Students enrolled in Chorus 3 will sing daily in class and perform for the school and community. A variety of choral music will be sung from many cultures and time periods. All choir members will continue to develop sight-singing skills, music notation understanding, and expand their capability of assessing assigned repertoire. Students will further their knowledge of the vocal mechanism, expand their vocal capabilities and develop leadership ability within the ensemble. Students may be asked to lead sectional rehearsals or to give constructive feedback at rehearsals. Students will have opportunities to audition for solos, select small ensembles, Delaware All-State Chorus and participate in two vocal recitals throughout the year (optional).

Chorus 4
Credit – 1
Prerequisite – Chorus 3
Students enrolled in Chorus 4 will sing daily in class and perform for the school and community. A variety of choral music will be sung from many cultures and time periods. All choir members will continue to develop sight-singing skills and music notation understanding. Students will demonstrate their capability of assessing assigned repertoire and may be asked to help choose a piece for graduation. Students will refine their knowledge of the vocal mechanism, expand their vocal capabilities and develop leadership ability within the ensemble. Students may be asked to lead sectional rehearsals or to give constructive feedback at rehearsals. Students will have opportunities to audition for solos, select small ensembles, Delaware All-State Chorus, participate in two vocal recitals throughout the year (optional), and act as Concert Choir president or treasurer.

Drama
Credit – ½
This semester-long course is an introduction to the dramatic and theatrical arts. Through the progression of the course, students will engage with theater texts, technical theater applications, visual analysis, light and sound design, show production, and performance. Students will read, write, plan, perform, and create to demonstrate their knowledge and learning on course concepts. The course will culminate with a technical area-driven final product in which students apply their knowledge gained from the course to a final product tied in with their technical area.

The fall version of the course will be centered on plays. The spring version of the course will be centered on musicals

Driver Education
Credit – ¼
Delaware Motor Vehicle Law states that anyone 16 years of age wisho to obtain a Delaware Driver’s license before the age of 18 must have successfully passed a State Certified Driver Education Course. A minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction plus seven class hours of in-car observation and seven class hours of actual behind-the-wheel driving experience is required of each student enrolled in Driver Education.

SAT Prep
Credit – ¼ – ½
This course provides a tailored practice plan for each student based on their diagnostic SAT or PSAT/NMSQT scores. The course is through Khan Academy where thousands of practice questions, videos, and lessons are provided. Students receive constant feedback on their work. The course content has been created in partnership with the College Board who author and give the PSAT and the SAT. This class can be taken more than once.

Strength and Conditioning I
Credit – ½
In Strength and Conditioning 1 students will be introduced to the benefits of a sound Strength & Conditioning program and learn safe progressions to prevent accidents and injuries. Students will demonstrate how a positive attitude and an excellent work ethic improve strength, power, flexibility, speed, and cardiovascular fitness. Starting with bodyweight exercise and progressing to kettlebell and dumbbell exercises.

Strength & Conditioning II
Credit – ½
Strength Conditioning II students will be introduced to the benefits of a sound Strength & Conditioning program and learn safe progressions to prevent accidents and injuries. Students will demonstrate how a positive attitude and an excellent work ethic improve strength, power, flexibility, speed, and cardiovascular fitness. This course helps students improve their mind and body and helps guide them to become the strongest and fastest, most powerful students at their body weight, and achieve maximum “RELATIVE BODY STRENGTH ENDURANCE.” Along with teaching the student how to manage their center of gravity (COG). The teacher will help determine which exercise program students are placed in. Some students are in-season athletes, some are general fitness enthusiasts.

Strength & Conditioning III
Credit – ½
Strength Conditioning II students will be introduced to the benefits of a sound Strength & Conditioning program and learn safe progressions to prevent accidents and injuries. Students will demonstrate how a positive attitude and an excellent work ethic improve strength, power, flexibility, speed, and cardiovascular fitness. This course helps students improve their mind and body and helps guide them to become the strongest and fastest, most powerful students at their bodyweight, and achieve maximum “RELATIVE BODY STRENGTH ENDURANCE.” Along with teaching the student how to manage their center of gravity (COG). The teacher will help determine which exercise program students are placed in. Some students are in-season athletes, some are general fitness enthusiasts.

Visual Art (formerly Design Art)
Credit – ½
Students will explore and experiment with visual art media (what you use to make art) and techniques (how you create artworks). Visual Art will provide students with the opportunity to experiment and develop original artworks and an appreciation for visual art to develop visual art literacy. Students will draw daily, paint, create sculptures, and explore a variety of drawing media. Each student will be expected to display artwork in our annual Visual Art show and write a cohesive artist statement.

Delaware Volunteer Credit
Credit – 1
A student in grades 9 through 12 who performs voluntary community service in an approved organization or agency at least 45 hours per semester for two semesters (90 total hours) may be eligible to receive one (1) Delaware Volunteer Credit. The credit may count as an elective for graduation requirements if approved by, and conducted under, the supervision of the school principal. This credit will appear prominently on the student’s high school transcript. The Department of Education prepares a statement of explanation for a student transcript that contains the credit. Voluntary community service performed during the summer or other recess periods will count toward the fulfillment of required hours Students interested in pursuing a volunteer elective credit should see their counselor for registration information.