• Music

    Expression of feeling through the creative arts of music is essential to the aesthetic development of the individual.  As our daily life becomes more mechanical and routine, the creative arts are essential to relieve monotony and add to the enjoyment of living.

    In addition to school and community events, the high school ensembles enjoy performing in music festivals locally as well as internationally.

  • Program of Studies

    • 1.
      • Music
      • Acting I
      • 2961
      • Students enrolled in Acting I course will develop a wide variety of skills and techniques involved acting and dramatic stagecraft. Students will learn about and explore methods of expressing feelings and emotions using their voice as well as physical movement.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 2.
      • Music
      • Acting I
      • 2962
      • Students enrolled in Acting II will continue to explore a wide variety of skills and techniques involved in acting and dramatic stagecraft using the foundation acquired in Acting I as a launching point for further exploration into styles of acting and character development.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • 18-19
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 3.
      • Music
      • Concert Band (CP)
      • 8121
      • Concert Band rehearses every day for a full year. During the school year the Concert Band performs at concerts, parades, and various school assemblies. Attendance at all performances is mandatory. Grades are based on attendance and participation. Extra Credit can be earned by performing quarterly playing tests.
      • All students interested in enrolling in Concert Band are required to demonstrate for the Dept. Head an ability to read musical notation prior to enrollment.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Global, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 4.
      • Music
      • Concert Band (H)
      • 8123
      • Concert Band Honors meets concurrently with Concert Band CP. Enrollment is open only to students who receive Dept Head recommendation. Attendance at all performances and is mandatory. Grades are based on attendance, participation, quarterly playing tests, and quarterly writing assignments. Students enrolled in Concert Band Honors are strongly encouraged to take private music lessons on their band instrument with a qualified instructor.
      • Students must be recommended by the band director for Honors Credit
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • H
      • Global, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 5.
      • Music
      • Music Theory I
      • 8301
      • Students enrolled in Music Theory I will learn about scales and notes, and diatonic harmony.
      • Quarter Course - 1.25 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 6.
      • Music
      • Music Theory II
      • 8302
      • Students enrolled in Music Theory II will continue to explore and use the information and techniques introduced in Music Theory I. Students will learn about part writing and correct voice leading. Singing is also a major part of this course and students are expected to sight sing using the solfege syllables. It is recommended that students enrolled in Music Theory II should have a strong ability to work independently. Music Theory I is a mandatory prerequisite for enrollment.
      • Quarter Course - 1.25 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 7.
      • Music
      • Music Theory III
      • 8303
      • Students enrolled in Music Theory III will continue to explore and use the information and techniques introduced in Music Theory I and II. Students enrolled in Music Theory III must demonstrate a strong ability to work independently and will be required to provide peer support and tutoring to students enrolled in Music Theory I and II. Grades are based on attendance, participation and the final project.
      • Music Theory I and II are mandatory prerequisite for enrollment in Music Theory III.
      • Quarter Course - 1.25 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • H
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 8.
      • Music
      • Singers (CP)
      • 8401
      • The Singers is the major vocal group in the Senior High School. The literature selected will enable students to sing a wide variety of music. All students who enjoy singing are invited to join this group. No audition is required. Grading is based on class performance and attendance at all chorus concerts.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 9.
      • Music
      • Singers (H)
      • 8402
      • Singers Honors is a select vocal ensemble that meets concurrently with Singers and as peer mentors with Eighth Grade Chorus. Students must pass an audition to enroll in Singers H. Students are also required to attend two after school rehearsals. Students enrolled in Singers H perform as members of Singers as well as a smaller independent vocal ensemble. Grading is based on class participation, attendance at all concerts and rehearsals, and other criteria as developed by the conductor.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • H
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 10.
      • Music
      • Chamber Choir (H)
      • 8421
      • Chorale is a select vocal ensemble. Members must pass an audition to prove their ability to sing independently and Department Head approval is required. Auditions are held in the spring. Literature is primarily a cappella, chamber, vocal music with an emphasis on quartet and quintet independent singing. Freshman students enrolled in Chorale will take Music Theory for the first semester in the place of Singers. Grading is based on class performance and attendance at all performances.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • H
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 11.
      • Music
      • Chorale (H)
      • 8431
      • Chorale is a select vocal ensemble. Members must pass an audition to prove their ability to sing independently and Department Head approval is required. Auditions are held in the spring. Literature is primarily a cappella, chamber, vocal music with an emphasis on quartet and quintet independent singing. Freshman students enrolled in Chorale will take Music Theory for the first semester in the place of Singers. Grading is based on class performance and attendance at all performances.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • H
      • Global, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 12.
      • Music
      • Ladies' Chorale (H)
      • 8441
      • Chorale is a select vocal ensemble. Members must pass an audition to prove their ability to sing independently and Department Head approval is required. Auditions are held in the spring. Literature is primarily a cappella, chamber, vocal music with an emphasis on quartet and quintet independent singing. Freshman students enrolled in Chorale will take Music Theory for the first semester in the place of Singers. Grading is based on class performance and attendance at all performances.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • H
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 13.
      • Music
      • Wind Ensemble
      • 8521
      • The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (NMYO) offer a Wind Ensemble experience to young musicians in the area. The Wind Ensemble rehearses at Masco on Mondays after school. Students interested in auditioning should refer to the NMYO website at nmyo.org. Experience playing a wind or brass instrument is required. An audition is required for enrollment.
      • Previous playing experience on woodwind, brass or percussion instrument is required. An audition is required. Auditions are scheduled through NMYO at nmyo.org.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 9, 10, 11, 12
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All Years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 14.
      • Music
      • Public Speaking
      • 8524
      • The Public Speaking course will introduce students to a wide variety of skills that will give them the confidence and composure to speak and present in a public forum. Students enrolled in Public Speaking will: develop skills in oral language and all expressive mechanisms, learn key aspects of presenting, learn how to utilize technology and models while presenting, and learn how to organize preparation materials.
      • Half Year - 2.5 Credits
      • 9, 10, 11, 12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All Years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 15.
    • 16.
      • Music
      • Jazz Choir (CP)
      • 8621
      • This voice ensemble performs jazz, Broadway, and rock. Emphasis is on small group singing, solo independence and choreography. Rehearsals are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Concert Band or Singers is a co --- requisite for this class.
      • Wednesday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Full Year
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 17.
      • Music
      • Jazz I (H)
      • 8631
      • Jazz I performs a variety of musical styles including Jazz, Swing, Latin, and Rock. The instruments used in Jazz I include all the woodwind and brass instruments from the concert band as well as percussion, string/electric bass, piano and guitar. Rehearsals are scheduled one evening a week. Attendance at all performances and is mandatory. Grades are based on attendance and participation. Department Head approval is required.
      • Wednesday 6:00-8:00 p.m - Full Year
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • H
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 18.
      • Music
      • Music Lesson
      • 8901
      • This is an independent study program designed to recognize those students who are motivated to advance their musical skills and knowledge by taking private music lessons. Individual instruction will include the study in method books (scales, etudes, etc.) and solos to develop musical and technical skills. Private lessons are taught on a weekly basis after the regular school day. For additional information, including fees and application, contact the Music Office.
      • Quarter Course - 1.25 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3