Available Courses

Items with (*) are electives

Performing Arts

6th Grade Chorus and Drama

All sixth graders not in the middle school band take these courses which are team taught. In chorus, students rehearse a varied repertoire of choral music and learn basic musical concepts. In drama, students develop an appreciation and understanding of historical and cultural samples of theatre. Middle School Chorus and Drama culminates in a performance activity at the end of each semester.

7th and 8th Grade Chorus

This course provides students the opportunity to develop their singing skills within the context of a quality ensemble. Along with the Concert Choir, numerous concerts are presented during the school year and include opportunities to sing at school functions. Admission to this course is by audition only.

7th and 8th Drama and Stagecraft

Middle School Stagecraft is offered to seventh and eighth graders and focuses on the principles of technical theatre such as scene design, set construction, sound, and lighting. Students participate in varied activities in class ranging from mechanical drawing, model building, critical thinking, problem solving, script analysis, memorization of terms and vocabulary, and opportunities to learn through experience.

Loyola Middle School Concert Band

The Loyola Middle School Concert Band is designed to assist each student in the further development of the fundamental skills necessary to play effectively on a musical instrument.To accomplish this, the course concentrates on the development of effective tone production, intonation, fingering and articulation skills. Students may sign up for the Loyola Instrumental Music Class as a year course only, and the course may be repeated for credit each year as the student progresses. Admission on request. It is always strongly encouraged that all members of this class continue private lessons on their own from specialists on their instruments in addition to their participation in this course. One-half credit course.

Available Courses

Items with (*) are electives

Performing Arts

Loyola Jazz Ensemble

The Loyola Jazz Ensemble is designed to provide the student with a top quality jazz ensemble experience. The ensemble will perform music in a variety of jazz and popular styles and hold numerous concerts throughout the school year — both at Loyola and in the surrounding Baltimore/Washington area. Students in the ensemble will perform music from jazz charts, learn and expand their skills in the art of improvisation and (in selected cases) develop their talents in composing and arranging. The goal of the Loyola Blakefield Jazz Ensemble is to assist each student in further developing his technical and artistic skills and abilities in music and to provide a setting in which each student will be able to further develop his musicianship, professionalism and sense of responsibility. Students may sign up for Jazz Ensemble as a year course only, and the course may be repeated for credit each year as the student progresses. Admission is by audition, and participation by brass and woodwind players in the Loyola Concert Band is required. It is always strongly advised that all ensemble members continue private lessons on their own from specialists on their instruments in addition to their participation in the ensemble. One credit course.

Loyola Upper School Concert Band

The Loyola Concert Band is designed to provide the student with a top quality music ensemble experience. The Concert Band will perform music in a variety of classical and popular styles and perform numerous concerts each year both at Loyola and in the surrounding area. The major emphasis of this course will be the mastery of the technical and artistic skills necessary to perform classical and popular music effectively in a classically based ensemble. Students may sign up for Concert Band as a year course only, and the course may be repeated for credit each year as the student progresses. Admission is by audition. It is always strongly advised that all ensemble members continue private lessons on their own from specialists on their instruments in addition to their participation in the ensemble. One credit course.

Loyola Jazz Combo

The Loyola Jazz Combo class is designed to provide advanced instrumental students with an opportunity to create their own jazz combo arrangements, improvise through chord changes, and perform in a variety of jazz styles in a jazz combo setting. Students taking the course will perform in numerous concerts throughout the school year – both at Loyola and in the surrounding Baltimore/Washington area. Students may sign up for Loyola Jazz Combo as a year course only, and the course may be repeated for credit each year as the student progresses. Admission is by audition, and participation by brass, woodwind, and percussion players in the Loyola Concert Band is required. One- half credit.

Loyola Concert Choir

The Concert Choir provides the student of choral music with the opportunity to refine his singing skills within the context of a quality ensemble. This course will include components in music theory, music history, voice pedagogy, and numerous performance opportunities during the school year. Students are admitted by audition only. One credit course.

Faculty

 

Department Chair


James A. Katchko
(1997)
B.A., Kings College; B.M. and M.M., Johns Hopkins University
443-841-3564       

 

Faculty


David J. Dochterman
(2006)
B.A., Temple University
443-841-3        


Christian J. Garretson
(2000)
B. A,, Loyola University Maryland; M. F. A., Catholic University of America
443-841-3224       


David M. London
(1988)
B.A., University of Maryland; M.Ed., Johns Hopkins University
443-841-3270       


Richard M. Skirpan
(2013)
B.M., M.M., Duquesne University; D. MA., University of Miami
443-841-3225