Philosophy

Music—one of the remaining areas of the fine arts where imagination, creativity, and self-expression reside—plays an important role in your child’s full education and development.  Much of the focus of the CHS music program is on performance (making of music).  Performance is not limited to public performances only.  Performing occurs daily in the classroom as students learn to build the fundamentals of music making that lead to the finest public performances.  Performing also includes that of each students’ attitude and character.  Students will learn and demonstrate the positive and vital aspects of attitude that are necessary for their future. 

Students learn the most about music by handling its materials.  The CHS band program will focus on building students’ fundamentals of musicianship in the areas of technique, music theory, and musical expression.  While doing so, students will learn important skills that can be applied to all areas of study and future career choices; one of the many being goal oriented thinking.  Students in the CHS band program will learn the process of achieving set goals.

Music at CHS reinforces students’ STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by providing real life and real time applications in the band room on a daily basis.

SCIENCE—Students in band learn the physics of how sound is made, how it travels, how multiples sounds sympathize (tuning), how overtones are produces and used to tune, and how timbres fit together.  Students experience this every band class in their music fundamentals.

TECHNOLOGY—The music world is filled with technology.  Students use tuner applications daily on their smart devices to tune, record, learn about sound wave science, and mathematics of time (metronome).  Students also utilize YouTube and professional sound recordings daily to experience the end product (their goal) of great tone, phrasing and musicality.  Recording technology helps students listen to their sounds and evaluate their performances from an “audience” perspective.

ENGINEERING—Each instrument is engineered to produce certain tones.  An thorough understanding of the engineering that goes into the instrument design helps students make choices on instruments to buy, how to use their instrument to maximize their tone production.  Understanding the engineering of instruments also opens up career options for students.  Students at CHS create their own homemade instruments as part of an engineering project to help them learn about the essentials of their instrument function.

MATHEMATICS—On a daily basis, students must do fractions and math in real time.  As they are playing their instrument and reading the music, they are also subdividing and multiplying rhythms to execute them in real time.  Music Theory provides opportunities for students to expand their knowledge of how the macro structure works with the micro structure of the work they are performing.