Music Performance & Production

Overview
The St. Anthony Music Program is open to all students at St. Anthony. Since 2007 the program has been under the direction of Michael Lloyd. Mr. Lloyd is a professional composer and performer with nearly 20 years of music education experience. Under Mr. Lloyd’s direction the instrumental music program strives to provide high quality musical performance experiences for its members. The St. Anthony High School Instrumental Music Department is a Platinum member of the KHS Music Academic Alliance program. Currently the Instrumental Music Program performance ensembles include Marching Band/Pep Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Beginning Band, and Color Guard. All of these ensembles are open to students of all skill levels; from beginner to advanced. Any student interested in joining one of these ensembles should contact Mr. Nakawatase at daniel.nakawatase@longbeachsaints.org

 

Music Performance Courses & Ensembles

Band 
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12                Prerequisites: Audition or Teacher Recommendation 


This course will provide a large ensemble setting for students who wish to continue to develop
both their own instrumental skill and that of an ensemble member interested in participating in
both the Band and Marching Band setting. Students will be required to attend all football games
and the required rehearsals after school and evenings. A required, two week on-site marching
band camp will be held in August. The Concert Band will also be the performing group that will
travel to festivals to perform. 

 

Beginning Band
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12                Prerequisites: None


Beginning Band is a comprehensive course that is designed to teach music to students who have
had no previous experience in music.  Students will experience the personal, intellectual and
social growth that occurs in an instrumental music class through instruction that is aligned with
the five strands of the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public
Schools. Beginning Band will enhance students’ learning and improve their understanding and
retention of important musical concepts, including:  music theory, music history, ear training,
critique and analysis, composition, improvisation, and interdisciplinary and multicultural
studies.  In addition to home practice, students will engage in individual and group rehearsals
and performances that will assess their skills and development in reading, composing, analyzing
and critiquing music. 

 
Choir
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12                Prerequisites: None 


In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of voice production as it relates to singing
and develop their musicianship skills. This course will teach students about breath support,
proper breathing technique and release of breath, freeing the voice and manipulating its
intonation, how to match pitch, read music, and identify basic musical phrases and pitches by
ear. In addition, students will be exposed to various styles of vocal music ranging from classical

to contemporary popular music as well as the history and significance of each musical style. The
goal of this course is to give students a strong foundation of singing and musicianship skills and
a well-rounded history and appreciation of vocal music history and styles.


Jazz Ensemble 
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12              Prerequisite: Audition


This is an elective course for intermediate to advanced instrumentalists with some or no previous
jazz experience. Students will be introduced to jazz performance via ensemble and solo jazz
performance techniques. The class will cover Jazz History, Jazz Music Theory and various jazz
styles and genres such as: swing, modern, latin, funk, ballad, ect. In addition, students will
perform for various school and community events, as well as participate in jazz festivals through
various organizations.


Percussion Ensemble
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12              Prerequisites: Audition


This course offers students the opportunity to receive large ensemble and small group instruction
to develop percussion performance skills.  Instruction is designed for students to be able to
define, refine, explore, imagine, connect, and integrate music study into other subject areas. A
variety of methods and repertoire, including indigenous music, contemporary percussion
literature, symphonic and wind ensemble music, commercial and jazz settings is utilized to refine
the student’s abilities in listening, analyzing, interpreting, and performing.  Instruction is offered
on individual percussion instruments, ensemble playing, arranging & composing for percussion,
and chamber music settings. Students in this class will learn techniques of percussion
instruments and performance in a percussion only classroom setting focusing on technique and
performance and proper tone production. This course is an introductory course but may be taken
concurrently with music courses.


Marching Band/Pep Band (not a course, but is a requirement of the Band program)


The Pep band performs at football and basketball games, as well as rallies and other school
events. The Marching band is a competitive musical ensemble that competes across Southern
California during the fall season. The Marching Band is a 7 time California State Band
Championships finalist; finishing in 4th place in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. This ensemble
strives to teach the principles of music while adding an athletic element that creates a rewarding
environment for all of it’s members. The Marching Band fulfills the P.E. requirements for all
SAHS students. The Marching Band has been on hiatus for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 school
years, but it will return in the very near future.


Color Guard (not a course, it is a subset of the Marching Band Program)


Color Guard is a year-long performance group. Students develop technical ability and skills
using flags, sabers, and rifles, as well as dance and other interpretive movement. During the fall
season, the Color Guard performs with the St. Anthony Marching Saints. During the spring
season, the Winter Guard learns their own show and performs at indoor competitions.
Workshops are typically held in June. No experience is required to join the Color Guard. If
you're looking for a fun activity and want to meet some new people, come check it out! The

Color Guard fulfills the P.E. requirements for all SAHS students. The Color Guard has been on
hiatus for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 school years, but it will return in the very near future.

Music History, Composition, and Production Courses

 

AP Music Theory
Grade: 10, 11, 12                          Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation


The AP Music Theory course corresponds to one-to-two semesters of typical, introductory
college music theory coursework that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, and musical
materials and procedures. Musicianship skills, including dictation and listening skills, sight-
singing, and harmony, are an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop
the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of tonal music
that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural (listening) skills is a primary
objective. Performance is also part of the curriculum through the practice of sight-singing.
Students learn basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of
music. Notational skills, speed, and fluency with basic materials are emphasized. 


Digital Music Production
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12                Prerequisites: None


Digital Music Production will be an introduction to the principles of creating music
electronically.  This will include both original sound production on a computer as well as
recording of typical instruments/vocals - focusing on how to properly mix them together to
produce original music and art and will introduce students to the uses, concepts, techniques, and
terminology of computing through music applications. Following an introduction to the basics of
the software and equipment used. The students will create their own music using GarageBand
and Logic. Students will develop their musical knowledge as they learn practical skills that can
prepare them for a career in music performance, entertainment business, recording business, live
sound reinforcement, audio engineering, stage management. The students will gain experience
with current hardware and software for music sequencing, synthesis, and music performance
practice. This year long course is also designed as an introduction to music fundamentals,
notation, music history, culture, and theory through music technology such as MIDI and digital
recording. Students will also be learning basic business practices used in the music industry.


Music in America 
Grade Level: 11, 12                     Prerequisites: None 


Although usually studied as an abstract art, American music often finds itself at the center of
controversies involving race, politics, gender, and cultural identity. This course will explore
these intersections between American cultural and musical life. Although the body of the course
will focus on music between the Civil War and the 2000s, we will investigate the role of music
in a wide variety of America's defining moments. These range from the search for an American
symphony, to rap and hip- hop culture. We will also examine music's role in such movements as
Prohibition, Abolition, and the Harlem Renaissance. Students will be asked to complete readings
from a wide variety of scholarly sources and to demonstrate their understanding of the course
materials through class discussion, reaction papers, group projects, and exams. No prior musical
background or training is assumed or required. Please note, while popular music plays an

important role in this class, it is not a history of popular music. Students will listen not only to
hip hop and rock, but also symphonies and operas.


Music Appreciation 
Grade Level: 9                          Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation 


Music Appreciation is a course that is designed to enrich the students understanding of the
musical world. By studying elements of music history, theory, elements, musical cultures, and
production student will gain a heightened awareness to what music is music really is. The goal of
this class is to make students more aware of music in the world around them. Students are
encouraged to become active listeners to music in the world around them. Through lecture,
discussion, listening, viewing, and examination students will develop some level of music
literacy.