Our Program

Under the direction of Music Director John Mattern, the Redwood Music program invites students to study and excel in a variety of musical styles, traditions, and instruments. Students perform in various venues, including the Redwood High School theater and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and enjoy numerous field trips, including the SF Symphony and an overnight stay in Yosemite. Graduating seniors are invited to an off-campus weekend retreat. Professional guest artists perform on-campus for students and parents alike. Redwood’s music students are respected for their talent and often sought for on-campus events such as graduation as well as off-campus performances.

Course Descriptions
All classes are open to 9th – 12th grade students:

Symphonic Band (Advanced Band)
(UC “f”, CSU) Entrance to Symphonic Band is by audition only with the instructor. Freshmen or upperclassmen may audition for this class. This ensemble is for all wind instruments and percussionists. This class covers the advanced study of band repertoire. All music fundamentals are covered in this course from technique, ear training, music theory, reading skills and music history. Students will also listen to and study music literature from classical genres, to world music, and beyond. There are three to five required performances during school and evening concerts per year, with 3-5 after school rehearsals throughout the year.

Concert Band (Intermediate Band)
(UC “f”, CSU) For students with at least 1-3 years of experience in band at their middle school or previous high school. This ensemble is for all wind instruments and percussionists. All music fundamentals are covered in this course from technique, ear training, music theory, reading skills and music history. Students will also listen to and study music literature from classical genres, to world music, and beyond. The Concert Band is a great home for many students for all four years who are comfortable with a less demanding class than the upper level band; but many students often use this as a training ground to prepare themselves for Advanced Band after 1-2 years in this Intermediate Band. There are two to three required evening concerts per year, with 2-3 after school rehearsals throughout the year.

Intermediate Performance Workshop 1-2
(UC “f” CSU) This intermediate level course is a music lab focusing on guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums and vocalists. Students will study and be exposed to styles ranging from folk, rock, blues, jazz, pop-rock and contemporary genres. All music fundamentals are covered in this course from technique, ear training, music theory, reading skills and music history. Prerequisite: completion of beginning guitar, or 2-3 years of experience on either guitar, bass, piano, drums, or vocals. There are 3-4 required evening concerts per year, with 3-4 after school rehearsals throughout the year. Intermediate Performance Workshop is a good home for students for all four years, but many students often use this as a training ground to prepare themselves for Advanced Performance Workshop.

Advanced Performance Workshop 1-2
(UC “f” CSU) Entrance to Advanced Performance Workshop is by audition only with the instructor. This advanced level course is a music lab focusing on guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums and vocalists. Students will study and be exposed to styles ranging from folk, rock, blues, jazz, pop-rock and contemporary genres. All music fundamentals are covered in this course from technique, ear training, music theory, reading skills and music history. Prerequisite: at least 3-4 years of experience on either guitar, bass, piano, drums, or vocals.

Jazz Band
(UC, “f”, CSU) Evening Class – 1 night per week: Advanced Jazz & Intermediate / Entry level Jazz
This is a course involving the study of Jazz music, improvisation, and all styles connected to jazz, blues, funk, etc. All music fundamentals connected to jazz and improvisation are covered in this course from technique, ear training, music theory, reading skills, and jazz music history. The co-requisite for this class is to be enrolled in either Intermediate or Advanced Band or Intermediate or Advanced Performance Workshop. Any student with 1-3 years of experience on their instrument may join and enter Intermediate Jazz. There are 3-4 required evening concerts per year, with 3-4 after school rehearsals throughout the year. Auditions for Advanced Jazz are held by instructor once you are enrolled in the course. This course has two instructors.

Beginning Guitar and Bass 1-2 
(UC, “f” CSU) A one year course for any student interested in learning to play the guitar, bass guitar or banjo. Introductions to Five String Banjo are offered in this course (optional). This class is open to those who have no music experience, or musicians accomplished on another instrument, desiring to learn guitar, bass guitar, or banjo. All basic introductory music fundamentals are covered in this course from technique, ear training, music theory, reading skills and music history.

Concert Choir 
(UC, “f” CSU) Concert Choir is open to 9th-12th grade students who wish to develop their singing technique in a choral ensemble. The instructional emphasis will be on vocal technique, music literacy, and choral performance. Music of a wide variety of styles, cultures and time periods will be studied and performed in two-, three-, and four-part harmony. Students will have the opportunity to sing solos and participate in small ensembles. Concert Choir students will participate in evening concerts and performances in the community. Members of the group will be encouraged to audition for regional honor choirs and participate in regional choral festivals.

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