Information about the Curriculum
Hampden Academy’s music program offers performance and non-performance opportunities for students of all skill levels and of varying musical interests. We believe that all students deserve to experience music. It is our goal to help our students work toward excellence in whatever courses they are involved in. Our classes are taught by highly qualified teachers who also partner with community professionals to bring the strongest possible curriculum to our school.
Concert Choir is open to anyone wanting to learn music through singing and all 9th grade singers. No audition is required and it meets during school day.
Treble Choir is open to 10, 11, 12 grade female students by audition. This meets during the school day.
Chamber Singers is open to advanced 10, 11, 12 grade singers by audition and meets during the school day.
Voices Unlimited is a jazz/pop/show choir open to students enrolled in one of the school day choirs by audition. Students sing and dance, learning how to perform. This group performs in the community and at competitive festivals and meets before school.
AcaFellas is open to males who are enrolled in one of the in-school choirs. This group performs both accompanied and a cappella music and meets before school.
Symphonic Band is open to all students playing a band instrument. An audition is required. This band meets during school day.
Jazz Bands involve auditioned students who are placed in one of the jazz bands appropriate to their skill level. Students must play in in-school band and they meet before school.
Jazz Combo and R&B Project students must be enrolled in in-school band. Both groups meet after school.
Music Theory 1 and 2 are offered every other year. This class starts with note and rhythm reading, and moves into intervals, key signatures, time signatures, chords, analyzation and composition.
African Drumming is a semester course offered every other year. The teacher partners with a professional African drum specialist to bring African rhythms and culture to life.
Music Industry is a semester course offered every other year. Students learn how to set up all sound systems in our building and the basics of sound amplification and recording. The teacher partners with Main Street Music Studios in Bangor and the class culminates in the producing of a CD of original music by auditioned students.