UDHS HONORS MUSIC REQUIREMENTS
BAND, CHORUS, ORCHESTRA
The Music Honors Program has a rich tradition in Upper Dublin High School. Students participating in the Music Honors Program are of the highest caliber in their musical ensemble. Music Honors students must be in good standing with their musical ensemble to remain in the Honors program (i.e. attend required rehearsals and performances, practice required literature, and maintain high grades in the ensemble). All Music Honors students must participate in the music ensembles for five days weekly.
Students MUST complete the required*criteria and maintain a B average in their major ensemble. In addition, students MUST obtain a total of four (4) points from the following criteria for the year—and confirm selections and participation in accumulated point section with UDHS music department directors.
All Music Honors students must take private lessons at least1x per week for at least 30 minutes per week (approval of director). *required
All Music Honors students must maintain a journal with a weekly reflection and
submit a quarterly summary of reflections for review by director. *required
Audition for PMEA Ensembles
Vocal - Nov. 21, 2015 *required
Instrumental - Dec. 12, 2015 *required
Perform 1 movement of your instrument’s
classical repertoire for the Honors Music Recital - May 11, 2016 *required for 11th and 12th
grades, 10th grade attends
Accumulate a total of four (4) points via participation in a combination of the following:
  • Marching Band----------------2 pts
  • Sophisticated Strings--------2 pts
  • Vox--------------------------------2 pts *audition
  • Cast of Musical-----------------2 pts *audition
  • Montco Band/MCHSO-------1 pt
  • UD Swing Band----------------1 pt *audition
  • Pit Orchestra for Musical----1 pt *audition
  • Chamber Choir-----------------1 pt *audition
  • Men’s Choir----------------------1 pt
  • Women’s Choir-----------------1 pt
  • Participation in a student-led small ensemble* 1 pt
A small ensemble rehearses at least once a week to prepareat least 20 minutes of music to performance on the 2/9/16 UDHS Select Ensembles Concert—director approval required

Description of Assignments:

Audition for PMEA: The student will prepare and audition for the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association District 11 Festival. As part of the audition, students with prepare scales, sight-reading, and a given piece of repertoire.
Co-curricular music offerings: The student will participate in TWO co-curricular music offerings per semester to receive credit. The student will follow the attendance and performance policies outlined by the director of the ensemble.
Private Lessons: The student will participate in private lessons with an approved instructor on the instrument they perform in their ensemble. Lessons must be at least once-a-week for 30 minutes. The director will occasionally check in with the student to hear and view their studies.
Journal: The student will maintain a written journal of weekly reflections based upon a suggested list of prompts and/or focusing point of interest as specified by director for that week. The student also must submit a quarterly summary of their reflections for review by their respective director.
Participate in a small ensemble: Students may form organized chamber ensembles of natural instrumentation. Students will be expected to rehearse at least 1x/week for no fewer than 45 minutes. This rehearsal will happen either outside of school hours or during a common study hall (not during class time). The ensemble will prepare at least 20 minutes of music and must perform this repertoire on a concert. See your director for possible small ensemble ideas and concert venues.
Honors Music Recital: Students will rehearse and perform 1 movement from a standard repertoire piece (approximately 3 minutes or more in length) at the Music Honors Recital on May 11, 2016.
The student must provide their own accompaniment. Unpreparedness of the accompaniment can have an impact on the student’s grade.

FOCUSING QUESTIONS FOR WEEKLY REFLECTIONS FOR MUSIC HONORS 2015-16
What did I learn this week that was a new concept and/or revelation to me?
What can I specifically do to improve my practice routine to improve my performance in class?
What can I do to improve my relationship with the other students in my class?
What can I do to improve the musical atmosphere of my class?
Upon doing some research on my own, what did I learn from the artists to whom I watched and listened performing?
Upon doing some research on my own, what have I learned about the compositions that we are studying?
Upon doing some research on my own, what have I learned about the composers who have written the music that we are studying?
Which skills do I need to improve upon, and what strategies can I plan to make/enhance this improvement?
What activities would I like to add to class?
What activities would I like to have improved in class, and how?
What music and/or music by particular composers would I like to study more of in class, and why?

GENERAL COMMITMENT TIME FRAME FOR SELECTED MUSIC PERFORMANCE GROUPS

Time of Year

Rehearsals

Performances

Auditioned?

Sophisticated Strings

Full Year
1x/ or 2x week 2:30-3:45p
Approx. 20 varied
No

Concert Choir

(instrumentalists only)
Full Year
3x/week during the school day
Winter, Spring, and MIOSM Concerts
No

Men’s Choir

Full Year
1x/every week 2:40-3:30p
Approx. 4 varied
No

Women’s Choir

Full Year
1x/every week 2:40-3:30p
Approx. 4 varied
No

Marching Band

1st Semester
2x/week
6:30-9pm
Fridays &
Some Saturdays
No

MCHSO

1st Semester
varied rehearsals at selected school
1 Concert
No

Chamber Choir

1st Semester
1x/week 2:40-4:00p
Approx. 10 varied
Yes (Sep.)

Vox

2nd Semester
1x/week 2:40-4:00p
Approx. 10 varied
Yes (May for following Year)

Upper Dublin Swing

2nd Semester
1x/week2:30-4:30p
Selected Fridays
Yes (Oct.)

Cast of Musical

2nd Semester
Varied rehearsals after school from Feb.-Apr.
3-4 Performances
Yes

Pit Orchestra

2nd Semester
2x/week
2:30-4:30p
April 11-14
Performances
Yes (Nov.)

MONTCO Band

2nd Semester
varied rehearsals at selected school
1 Concert
No

Student Led Ensemble

1st or 2nd Semester
1x/week
2/12/13 and determined by director
No