Rio Norte Jr. High Music Department


Incoming 7th Graders

Elective Course Descriptions

Beginning Band 

The beginning band is the first step into a larger musical world.  In this class you learn how to read music and play an instrument of the wind band.  These include flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and baritone.  Click here to go to the Rio Norte Junior High School website to select your electives.

Beginning Chorus

This is a one-semester vocal ensemble experience.  Members of the chorus develop skills in vocal performance.  Students are introduced to musical notation and basic vocal techniques.  The chorus performs various styles of choral literature for school concerts.  Requirements include exemplary citizenship and a positive attitude.  Prior singing experience is recommended but not required.  Click here to go to the Rio Norte Junior High School website to select your electives.

Beginning Guitar 

The beginning guitar class is designed for anyone who would like to learn to play the guitar.  No previous musical experience is required, just a willingness to learn.  In this class you learn to read music, play melodic lines, play chords, and finger-pick.  An acoustic guitar is needed for this class. Click here to go to the Rio Norte Junior High School website to select your electives.

Advanced Band  / Concert Band 

The advanced band is the major ensemble at Rio Norte JHS and is a one-year commitment.  This group represents the school at all major school functions including the open house, back to school night, 6th grade jamboree, Valencia Showcase.  The ensemble also joins the Valencia High School Marching Band to play for a VHS Football Game.  This ensemble also travels to Disneyland for a major music festival with an overnight stay at the Disney hotels.  The Advanced Band has two performances, one in Winter and the other in Spring. Click here to go to the Rio Norte Junior High School website to select your electives.

Audition Information for Advanced Band:  
Wind and Brass students should be prepared to play the B-flat concert scale and a short piece to show off with.  Percussion students should be prepared to play the B-flat scale on mallets as well as a press roll, paradidles and flam (with both hands).  Click here to sign up for Audition time.

Advanced Chorus  / Concert Choir 

The advanced chorus is a one-year commitment to a vocal ensemble performance.  Members of the concert choir develop skills in vocal performance.  Students are introduced to musical notation and vocal techniques.  The concert choir performs various styles of choral literature for this ensemble. Click here to go to the Rio Norte Junior High School website to select your electives.

Audition Information for Advanced Chorus:  
Students should be prepared to sing a short solo showcasing their voice style (not their favorite pop stars).  They should be prepared to sing exercises with a piano for Mr. Gilbert.  Click here to sign up for Audition time.