Ms. Jessica Swift

Email:
jswift@cathedralcatholic.org

Telephone:
(858) 523-4000 x1111

Courses:
> AP Music Theory
> Contemp Band
> Foundations in Performing Arts
> Orchestra

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AP Music Theory

CONGRATULATIONS DONS!  Our Music Program has grown 500% since last year ~ Now offering Advanced Band, Orchestra and AP Music Theory courses for the first time.  

Thanks for supporting "the sound" of CCHS!

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AP MUSIC THEORY

“Why do so many of us try to explain the beauty of music, thus depriving it of its mystery?”

~ Leonard Bernstein

 

Course Description:

This college level Music Theory course is intended for experienced musicians with a serious interest in the subject.  The rigorous curriculum will prepare students who intend to potentially pursue collegiate studies in the field, and/or who wish to obtain college credit through the related AP exam in the spring.  (Test is strongly encouraged, but not required). 

Foundations for the course will center around western classical music notation structures and their practical application in practice and performance. Skills attained in the class will include techniques in score study, harmonic and melodic recognition and dictation, sightsinging, and keyboard playing.  Students will explore music compositions through analysis, performance practice, and creation. 

 

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Please, refer to iTunesU (enrollment codes are listed on the Bulliten Board below) for upcoming performance details and announcements.

The complete Contemporary Band course syllabus is available for downloading under the "resource" tab of this site.

 

Contemp Band

 

CONTEMPORARY BAND

“Anybody can write music of a sort, but touching the public heart is quite another thing.”

~ John Philip Sousa

 

Course Description:

Musical performance is one of the oldest forms of expression.  Yet, the tools and styles used within this idiom are constantly evolving alongside the world.  To be successful in the modern musical industry requires diverse skill and marketability, collaborative understanding, and polished technique.  The Contemporary Band course will explore these and related ideas through performance practice, spanning a variety of repertoire on wind, brass and percussion instruments.  Students are even encourage to try new instruments in order to add to their musical “toolbox”.

The Contemporary Band ensemble is also one in the same as the CCHS Pep Band/Drumline; a rehearsalband offering students the opportunity to participate at exciting CCHS athletic events.  The band strives to establish a tradition of support and regional exposure at CCHS athletic and regional events through balanced, organized, and exciting productions of modern repertoire.  Performance participation is accounted for in the overall course grade.  Please, see below for more specific information and date reminders. 

Performance Dates:

Concerts:

Winter Concert – December 9th@7PM (CCHS)

Spring Concert – April 13th@7PM (CCHS)

Parades:

“Festa” Procession @ Our Lady of the Rosary, Little Italy – Sunday October 4th  (morning/afternoon)

Alzheimer’s Walk @ Balboa Park – Saturday, October 17th (morning)

Football Home Games

Friday, 8/28 – 7:30 PM (Call time 6:00 PM) - Santa Margarita

Friday, 10/2 – 7:30 PM (Call time 6:00 PM) - Eastlake

Friday, 10/23 – 7:30 PM (Call time 6:00 PM) – St. Augustine

Friday, 11/6 – 7:30 PM (Call time 6:00 PM) – Mira Mesa

*Football Playoff Games, Possible Dates:(Fridays@7PM) 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

Basketball Games:

TBA Basketball season will run from late November through March 

Other:

National Catholic Education Association Conference @ San Diego Convention Center

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 – Thursday, March 31st 2016 *Students to be featured.  Specifics TBA. 

* Students are required to be at all performance events indicated above. 

* For football and basketball games students will be allotted one “freebie” exception.  Beyond the single allotted absence, individual absences will need to be communicated on a case-by-case basis.  In order to be excused, a parent note will be required detailing the circumstances that are presenting conflict.

*Dates subject to change. 

 

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Please, refer to iTunesU (enrollment codes are listed on the Bulliten Board below) for upcoming performance details and announcements.

The complete Contemporary Band course syllabus is available for downloading under the "resource" tab of this site.

 

Foundations in Performing Arts

FOUNDATIONS OF PERFORMING ARTS

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

~ Albert Einstein

Course Description:

Foundations in Performing Arts is a survey of dance, theater, music, and performance art through observation and listening, readings, project-based learning, and experiential learning.  The intent of this course is to create self-aware, collaborative, and educated performing artists.

Dancers, musicians, actors, and performers of all varieties are exposed to discipline specific techniques, vocabulary, and idioms within the field.  Using this knowledge, students will explore aesthetic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, as well as aesthetic valuing and connections, relationships, and applications spanning a variety of historical time periods and genres. 

Students are challenged to discover the shared concepts in all the performing arts, and they will work collaboratively on projects to integrate these disciplines. Students will also explore their own creative identity, applying processes and skills within the mediums of music, theater, and dance to create formal and informal performance presentations. Using the language of performance art, students will evaluate, analyze, and respond to their own works, the works of peers and works of professional artists in an engaging and interactive environment.

 

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Students can access assignements and course updates/announcements through iTunesU.  Parents are also welcome to enroll.  Please, see the Bulliten Board below for the correct enrollment code.

The complete Foundations in Performing Arts course syllabus is available for downloading under the "resource" tab of this site.

Orchestra

ORCHESTRA

“If a composer could say what he had to say in words, he would not bother trying to say it in music.”

~ Gustav Mahler

  

Course Description:

Musical performance is one of the oldest forms of expression.  Yet, the tools and styles used within this idiom are constantly evolving alongside the world.  To be successful in the modern musical industry requires diverse skill and marketability, collaborative understanding, and polished technique.  The Orchestra course will explore these and related ideas through performance practice, spanning a variety of repertoire on string instruments.  Students are even encourage to try new instruments in order to add to their musical “toolbox”.

The orchestra class offers performance-based musical practice and learning. Students will have access to tools and strategies across a variety of ability levels within the ensemble setting. The curriculum will include both traditional and contemporary repertoire and will cover instrumental performance technique, historical context, as well as components of musical theory.  Students are expected to practice their instruments outside of class time in order to be prepared for rehearsal.  Supplemental instruction and student leadership opportunities are available and encouraged.  Performances are included as part of the grade expectations.

Performance Dates:

Concerts:

Winter Concert – December 9th@7PM (CCHS)

Spring Concert – April 13th@7PM (CCHS)

Other:

National Catholic Education Association Conference @ San Diego Convention Center

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 – Thursday, March 31st 2016 *Students to be featured.  Specifics TBA.

*Students are required to be at all performance events indicated above.  Individual may be excused on a case-by-base basis if communicated in advanced.  In order to be excused, a parent note will be required detailing the circumstances that are presenting conflict.

 

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Please, refer to iTunesU (enrollment codes are listed on the Bulliten Board below) for upcoming performance details and announcements.

The complete Contemporary Band course syllabus is available for downloading under the "resource" tab of this site.

 


Hello and welcome to Ms. Swift's homework page - Your source for information on upcoming musical opportunities at Cathedral Catholic.  Please, contact me to find out how you can get involved with "the sound" of CCHS!

Ms. Jessica Swift / Director of Music and VAPA Deparment Chair

Office Hours by appointment / Room: GC5 (Music) 

jswift@cathedralcatholic.org / 858-523-4000 x1398 

*Learn more about Ms. Swift under the resource pages.

 

Current 2015-2016 students and parents can access assignements, course updates, and announcements through iTunesU.  Please, use the following enrollment codes:

  • AP Music Theory, Period 2: DTN-ZJR-XHK
  • Foundations in Performing Arts, Period 3: CRS-FCP-WZA
  • Foundations of Performing Arts, Period 4: CXR-PBE-KHD
  • Contemporary Band, Period 5: CYX-WPB-LYH
  • Orchestra, Period 6: CLY-NRB-XKL