Music

The Music Department course offerings develop music achievement, understanding and interest in the area of music. Choral and instrumental music programs offer a variety of courses in which students may participate. 

Students may be expected to participate in summer camps to prepare for performances. Fees may be assessed to cover costs for meals, camp t-shirts and other miscellaneous costs. Specific questions regarding fees should be directed to your child’s principal and band/chorus director.

Mixed Chorus

9260 (MIXED CHORUS)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12

Mixed Chorus is a preparation course for those students who have no experience in choral music or who need more development in choral singing. Performance in all concerts presented through this course is required.

Treble Ensemble

9285 (TREB ENS)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12
Prerequisite: Audition or Teacher Recommendation

This choir is composed of students with treble voices who have experience in choral music or who have the abilities to perform in an ensemble at a high level of proficiency. Vocal development and musicianship in the field of choral literature are stressed. Performance in all concerts presented by this ensemble is required.

Concert Choir

9289 (CONC CHOIR)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12
Prerequisite: Audition

This ensemble is a select group of choral musicians who embody the highest levels of achievement in voice and musicianship at the high school level. Membership is by audition only. This group represents locally and nationally the highest level performance of the choral department. Performance in all concerts presented by this ensemble is required.

Chamber Ensemble

9280 (CHMBR ENS)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12
Prerequisite: Audition or Teacher Recommendation

92801 (CHAM ENS SEM)
½ Credit
Grades: 9–12
Prerequisite: Audition or Teacher Recommendation

This will be a small ensemble of students who have the highest levels of musicianship in the choral department. These students are able to perform in venues where a large ensemble might not be able to perform. These students act as ambassadors for Frederick County at local, state, national and international choral performances. Performance at all concerts presented by this ensemble is required.

Jazz Ensemble

9250 (JAZZ ENSEM)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12

92501 (JAZZ ENS SEM)
½ Credit
Grades: 9–12

Prerequisite: Audition

This course is a performing ensemble that offers advanced-level students the opportunity to study and perform jazz literature.

Symphonic Band/Marching Band

9234 (SYM/MAR BAND)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12
Prerequisite: Audition

This is the advanced instrumental music ensemble. Individual schools will determine marching band schedules and participation requirements. All members of the symphonic marching band are required to attend and participate in all performances of the marching band and the symphonic band as well as attend band camp.

Concert Band/Marching Band

9233 (CON/MAR BAND)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12
Prerequisite: Prior Instrumental Music Experience

This is an instrumental music ensemble for students who are not selected for the Symphonic Band/Marching Band. Students enrolled in the Concert Band/Marching Band are expected to follow all requirements of performance, rehearsals and band camp. The concert band/marching band will rehearse as an independent instrumental unit and participate in public performances and festivals when the group is ready. Participation in all performances is required. Individual schools will determine marching band schedules and participation requirements.

Color Guard

98401 (COLOR GUARD)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12
Prerequisite: Audition

9840 (COLOR GUARD)
½ Credit
Grades: 9–12

Prerequisite: Audition

Membership in this course is by audition only and provides the opportunity to perform with the marching band. All students enrolled in this course are members of the marching band. Members are required to attend band camp in August. Students enrolled are required to attend all marching band performances. No credit will be given for Color Guard unless the class meets for 140 hours of instruction for one credit or 70 hours for ½ credit.

AP Music Theory/History

9226X (AP MUSIC TH)
1 Credit
Grades: 10–12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and Demonstrated Musical Background


A minimum of three years of participation in the music program of Frederick County Public Schools or a demonstrated equivalent is required to enroll in this course. This course is an independent study of music. It includes writing, ear training, analysis of music, introduction to keyboard and a survey of music history. This course provides preparation for college fine arts requirements. See Guidelines for Placement of Students in Honors/AP/Dual Enrolled Classes.

Instrumental Ensemble

9240 (INST ENSEM)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12
Prerequisite: Music Teacher Recommendation/Screening

This course provides an opportunity for students to participate in individual and small ensemble experiences. Students are able to participate in Instrumental Ensemble without being a member of one of the performing bands. As members of this non-performing group, students have the opportunity to learn a second instrument.