This group of students will work together to learn about and perform Choral music from various genres and cultures; from Renaissance to Romantic, World Music and Folk music, and Jazz, Gospel and Pop. We will also study some basic music theory and sight-reading as it applies to choral music and performance. We will sing music in multiple parts and in various languages, and will discuss the historical and cultural context of the music we are singing. The Choir performs at the end of each semester.
A Cappella Choir
Pali Choir is an audition ensemble which requires participation in Pali Chorus for at least one semester. Continuing in the exploration of Choral music and performance, Pali Choir has additional performances throughout the year as well as a Spring Choir Tour.
The Orchestra at Pali meets everyday before school at 7 am. The ensemble performs works from Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, and Copland. Members of the Pali Orchestra have also played for Pali’s Spring Musical Productions, playing such shows as “Into the Woods”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Once on this Island”, and “Pajama Game” to name a few.
Marching Band - 2014 Southern California Champions!
The Palisades Charter High School Marching Band course is officially titled "Marching Dynamics". Marching Band members earn P.E. credit for their participation in the field show rehearsals and performances that make up the fall curriculum for the class. There is summer training, and a two-week mandatory band camp at the end of summer to prepare band, drum line and color guard members for the upcoming season. Drum Line members are required to attend additional summer training. The course includes required after-school and weekend rehearsals, weekend curricular trips to competitive events, and weekly performances at Pali football games. The Marching Band supports Pali's football team and special events throughout the year. Enrollment in spring semester 6th period Concert Band is required.
The PCHS Wind Ensemble meets during zero period (7 AM, daily). The Wind Ensemble performs in two on-campus concerts per year. The Wind Ensemble plays masterworks of the concert band repertoire appropriate to the proficiency and pedagogical level of the ensemble. The course includes three to four required school-day curricular trips to performance festivals. Year-long participation is required. Students must provide “concert black” to wear at concerts.
Students will receive Instruction in orchestral string technique; Preparation and performance of string ensemble literature. Students are required to perform in two on-campus concerts per year. Students must provide “concert black” to wear at concerts.
Guitar A and B Classes
Students with beginning to advanced skill levels learn a variety of music styles and playing techniques on guitar. Students practice individually and in small groups pieces they are assigned. Tests are administered in the form of performance in class. Other opportunities include performances at school and at district guitar festivals.
AP Music Theory
Students develop oral and written music skills. They learn how to sing, hear, notate, and identify music in a variety of forms. The year long class consists of four major seven week units. Each unit builds musical concepts starting with the fundamentals of western music; progressing to interval training; harmonic analysis; and harmonization & composition.
Drum Line AB (“Marching Dynamics”)
7th period Drum Line is specifically geared toward students wishing to participate in competitive indoor drum line. In fall, class members will learn percussion rudiments, note reading, pitch identification and proper playing techniques.
Concert Band (spring semester)
After the conclusion of the competitive marching band season, the 6th period instrumental course shifts focus from marching to concert repertoire. The Concert Band performs in one on-campus concert per year. The band also leaves campus to perform in festivals and to maintain strong ties with the local middle school program. The Concert Band plays traditional concert band repertoire appropriate to the proficiency and pedagogical level of the ensemble. The course includes three to four required school-day curricular trips to performance festivals. Enrollment in fall semester Marching Band is required. Students must provide “concert black” to wear at concerts.
Instruction in vocal technique; Preparation and performance of vocal and choral literature. Students are required to perform in two on-campus concerts per year. Students must provide “concert black” to wear at concerts.