Instrumental Music

RSA offers a wide variety of instrumental music classes and groups:


12377730_919092924812051_6372504347127384700_oBeginning Concert Band
: Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of music reading, performance of band instruments, and the basics of music theory. Students should reach a minimum of Level II or beyond of the FUSD Course of Study and appropriate California Music Standards by the end of the school year. Students not demonstrating Level II proficiency in Symphonic Band may be enrolled in this course for remedial course work. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor.

Concert Band: Concert Band is open to any student demonstrating Level II proficiency with the approval of the instructor. Marching band experiences and performances may comprise a portion of the activities of this group. This class is designed to provide instruction for accomplishing Level IV of this FUSD course of study and appropriate California Music Stan¬dards. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor. PrerequisiteLevel III proficiency, audition, and/or instructor recommendation.

Win12377704_919092614812082_5801999936345453152_od Ensemble: This course is designed for the sequential study of the literature, rehearsal, and performance techniques of the band on the highest level achievable. It is a performance organization of students of high achievement and talent. Marching band experiences and concert performances will comprise a portion of the activities of this group. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor.  Prerequisite:Level IV proficiency, audition, and/or recommendation of the instructor.

12248243_904300162957994_7270098143786438528_oMarching Band: The Roosevelt Rough Rider Marching Band & Colorguard perform at school events, football games, parades and competitions around the Central Valley. In 2007, the band traveled to New York. The Marching Band is a PE Co-Curricular course that satisfies PE requirements. Students perform on Woodwind, Brass, Percussion or Colorguard equipment and work together throughout the year to perform to the best of their ability. Leadership development is stressed throughout the year and student leaders serve on the Band Council.

11232194_904300002958010_6327049178739418367_oColorguard: The Colorguard program is part of the PE Co-Curricular Marching Band course. This is designed for students who understand and can demonstrate basic elements of dance and choreography with flags and letters. Students perform with the Marching Band during the fall season and compete as a unit in the winter and spring for Winterguard competition.

Beginning Orchestra: This course introduces students to the fundamentals of music reading, performance of orchestral instruments, and the basics of music theory. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor.

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 5.48.12 PMIntermediate Orchestra: A mixed ensemble class of beginning and intermediate string players in which proper orchestral technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught throughout the year. This class is open to all students inter¬ested in playing and performing an orchestral string instrument who are committed to hard work and performance opportunities. This performance-based class will include concert literature and solo and ensemble music. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor.  Prerequisite: Level II proficiency with the approval of the instructor; minimum of one year performance required.

Symphonic Orchestra: A highly select group of string players performing the finest in orchestral literature, in which proper orchestral technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group. This performance-based class will include A/AA concert literature and solo and ensemble music. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor. Prerequisites: Enrollment is by audition and director(s) recommendation.

12366127_919092034812140_2807637954123543418_oLatin/Jazz Ensemble: Latin Jazz Ensemble is an advanced instrumental performance group that explores the repertoire of Afro-Caribbean music including mambo, cha cha, Mozambique, bolero, guaguanco, Latin jazz, etc. In addition to the techniques of rehearsal and performance, the students learn the theory and history of the music studied and performed. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor.  Prerequisite: Audition and/or teacher recommendation.

Brass Ensemble: This class concentrates on the techniques of brass instruments as they relate to the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and/or Orchestra. Problems of rhythms, key signatures, proper breathing, correct embouchure, and all other aspects of brass musi­cianship are addressed. The class performs as a separate ensemble or as a section within other performing groups. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor.

12371072_917829154938428_2526264429539628604_oMariachi: The Roosevelt Mariachi is an advanced instrumental and vocal performing ensemble that explores not only traditional Mexican music, but also contemporary Mexican composers. In addition to learning the proper rehearsal and performance techniques, students are exposed to the historical and social significance of the Mexican and mariachi music.   Prerequisite: Audition by instructor; ability to read music.

Beginning Guitar: Beginning Guitar is designed to provide instruction in beginning guitar technique which includes basic music theory (music reading, chords, etc.), finger picking, playing in groups, and care of the guitar.

Intermediate Guitar: Intermediate Guitar is designed for students who understand and can demonstrate basic elements of music and who utilize proper guitar performance techniques. Each student will be expected to work/perform at his or her own best effort level and make steady progress. Evaluation will be determined by instructor observation.   Prerequisite: Beginning Guitar with a C or better

Advanced Guitar: Advanced Guitar studies the theory (chord building and song writing) of folk, classical, jazz, and pop styles. The course is designed for students who understand and can demonstrate basic elements of music and who utilize proper guitar performance techniques. Each student will be expected to work/perform at his or her own best effort level and make steady progress. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: Student must have the ability to play basic chords and read music.

12357220_919091594812184_6191125415923174330_oPercussion Ensemble: The Percussion Ensemble class is where percussionists from all performing groups (i.e., Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, Steel Drum Band, Concert Band and Marching Band) develop their skills. Basic through advanced techniques of performing on various percussion instruments will be taught along with reading music, ear training, and rhythmic dictation. Other skills that will be emphasized include team-work, setting up efficiently, and composing short rhythmic phrases.  Prerequisite: Audition and concurrent enrollment in Marching Band.

Piano IThis course is designed to teach students basic music skills and beginning piano technique and style. Students will learn the funda¬mentals of music theory and ear training skills. Music history and appreciation are included throughout the course. Public perfor¬mances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor.  Prerequisite: Instructor permission

Piano II: Students will learn piano technique suitable to their ability level. They will study piano literature from all musical periods and develop a more complete understanding of the fundamentals of music theory. Ear training and sight reading will also be part of the course. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress and abilities of the group as determined by the instructor.  Prerequisite: Piano I and/or instructor permission

Advanced Piano: Advanced Piano is designed for students who understand and can demonstrate basic elements of music and who utilize proper paino performance techniques. Each student will be expected to work/perform at his or her own best effort level and make steady progress. Evaluation will be determined by instructor observation. Prerequisite: Intermediate  Piano with a C or better

MIDI (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced): The goal of the Music and Computers class is to expose students to the process of creating music by integrating musical skills with computer technology. The integration of music and technology affords students the means for obtaining self-sufficiency and confidence in creating music, utilizing technology while developing their own individual musical ability for future music enjoyment.

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