Music at McClure
Maverick Singers Beginning Choir
The McClure Beginning Choir is a year-long class open to boys and girls in 6th-8th grade who want to sing in a group setting. This class is a pre-requisite for the Intermediate/Advanced choir. Students learn and perform a variety of choral literature in conjunction with correct vocal technique, musicianship fundamentals and ensemble skills. Styles of music performed may include Classical, Broadway, Jazz, Pop, and World Music. Some performances take place outside of the school day, and the choir may participate in local and regional music festivals and contests. No prior singing experience is required to join the choir.
McClure Concert Choir Intermediate/Advanced
The McClure Intermediate/Advanced choir is open to 7th and 8th grade boys and girls who have sung in the beginning choir, or who audition with the director. The class is a year-long ensemble. Students learn and perform a variety of choral literature in conjunction with correct vocal technique, musicianship fundamentals and ensemble skills. Styles of music performed may include more advanced Classical, Broadway, Jazz, Pop, and World Music that require basic understanding of music fundamentals and independent musicianship. Some performances take place outside of the school day, and the choir may participate in local and regional music festivals and contests.
Beginning Band and Beginning Orchestra
Beginning instrumental music focuses on beginning strings, winds, and percussion instruments and playing in a large ensemble. Students develop their beginning musical abilities like making a sound on a wind instrument, using a bow on a string instrument, stick technique on percussion, and creativity in performing written music and music played by ear on their chosen instrument. Beginning ensembles typically play 3 performances at McClure per school year. Previous instrumental music experience is not required for this class.
Advanced Orchestra and Advanced Band
Advanced instrumental ensembles continue to develop and challenge students with increasingly difficult music and musical concepts that they will perform with creativity and musical sensitivity. The music increases the technical demands and requires more technical facility to continue expressive playing and creativity. These classes typically do four or more public performances per school year along with several field trips. Incoming students must audition for these ensembles.