McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School. 
McCallie seeks out and accepts boys from all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and places a high value on a diverse student body.

Music

No department is a more powerful example of the benefits of a boys school than the music department. At McCallie boys sing, play classical guitar, compose music, play in the orchestra or wind ensemble.

After exposing students to the basics in skills and ideas, McCallie boys have a wide variety of opportunities to follow their artistic passions. The faculty of the music department encourages all ranges of ability and believes that through practice and study all boys can acquire the skills to be proficient musicians.

Students and alumni frequently acknowledge that they participated in music in ways they would never have considered in a coeducational environment. On the Ridge, however, they feel more free to explore and nurture their curiosity and interest in music, be it through their voice or through another instrument.

Courses

Music 110/111 - Men's Chorus

Course Title:
MUS110 Men's Chorus (full year)
MUS111 Men's Chorus (semester)

Course Description:
The Men's Chorus extends previous musical training received in other choral groups in grade, middle and high schools. High achievement and effort is expected from men of this musical group. The music selected for the Chorus includes the works of master vocal composers in the classical, pop, rock, sacred and secular areas. Activities of the Men's Chorus public concerts, school assemblies, contests, and exchange tours and are eligible to participate in All State, All East, TAIS Honors Choirs. Students may enroll for the full year or for one semester; meets four times a week for half credit each semester. Grade: 9-12

Academic Goals:
  1. Knowledge: Students will gain an advanced knowledge of:
    1. Performance posture and position.
    2. Appropriate stage etiquette and concert techniques.
    3. Understanding and care of the vocal health of their instrument.
    4. Varying stylistic qualities of different periods of music.
    5. Ensemble performance practices.
  2. Skills: Students will demonstrate:
    1. The understanding of complexities of four-part male harmony.
    2. A smooth and contiguous performance style.
    3. Ability to sing parts acapella.
    4. Ability to sing advanced harmonic and polyphonic literature of the Classics.
    5. The ability to read standard musical notation and understand basic music concepts.
    6. The ability to understand the international language of musical terms (Italian).
    7. Application of techniques learned in ensemble singing to solo performance.
    8. Application of stage performance techniques (posture, position, projection, stage presence, facial/personal animation) to everyday life.
  3. Attitudes: Students will:
    1. Learn to sing in a choral ensemble setting.
    2. Work as a section/unit/team to perform a wide variety of music literature.
    3. Participate in classroom discussion and critique class's work.
    4. Appreciate the artistic achievements of great singers of music.
    5. Understand music as an intellectual and physical discipline.
    6. Develop a passion for American spirituals and folk music.
    7. Appreciate the impact of animated live performance.
    8. Foster a lifelong interest in music and the arts.
Instructional Methods:
  1. Students will receive group (section) and individual attention from the instructor.
  2. The instructor will demonstrate solo vocal techniques.
  3. Students will receive group voice lessons from voice specialist.
  4. Students will sing for one another and tactfully critique under professional guidance.
  5. Students will listen to recordings in class and discuss and critique.
Evaluation:
  1. Students will:
    1. Participate in classroom discussion and critiques.
    2. Demonstrate effort, energy, and enthusiasm for their vocal part and ensemble singing.
    3. Be evaluated on classroom participation on a class-to-class basis.
    4. Be evaluated in special performances throughout the school year

 

 

Music 210/211 - Wind Ensemble

Course Title:
MUS210 Wind Ensemble (full year)
MUS211 Wind Ensemble (semester)

Course Description:
The Ensemble's repertoire and performances are as varied as the seasons of the year. The selected McCallie Wind Ensemble performer will find himself in concert situations varying from the Chapel to outside concert halls and athletic events. Good musical skills, along with enthusiasm and effort are key to being selected for this group. Participation in the Pep Band is required during the fall semester. Members of the Wind Ensemble are eligible to participate in the McCallie Jazz Band, to audition for All East/All State Band, and to try out for numerous Honor Bands. Wind Ensemble is intended for juniors and seniors, but younger students may audition. Full year course meets 4 times a week; students may enroll for one semester. Prerequisite: 2 years of experience on an instrument. Grade: 9-12

 

 

Academic Goals:
  1. Knowledge - Students will gain a basic knowledge of:
    1. Various scales and key signatures.
    2. Various rhythms and time signatures.
    3. The use of phrasing and correct articulation.
    4. Understanding and correct care of their own instrument.
    5. Full range and tonal qualities of their respective instruments.
    6. Varying stylistic qualities of selected works.
  2. Skills - Students will:
    1. Develop critical listening skills, individually as well as in ensemble.
    2. Apply various techniques learned in class to performance.
    3. Participate in class rehearsals and playing tests.
    4. Play all major, minor, and chromatic scales.
    5. Develop the ability to interpret various musical styles.
    6. Develop the ability to follow the conductor.
  3. Attitudes - Students will:
    1. Work together as a team to perform musical literature.
    2. Appreciate the artistic achievements of musicians.
    3. Develop an appreciation for the effectiveness of sound practice skills.
    4. Appreciate the value of constructive criticism both offered and received.
Instructional Methods:
  1. Read, study, and perform from the method book.
  2. Students will listen objectively to individuals as well as ensemble.
  3. Play selected pieces given to the ensemble.
Evaluation:
  1. Grading will be taken from weekly practice records.
  2. Students will have varied playing tests throughout the year.
  3. Students will be evaluated on classroom participation and preparedness.

Music 220/221 - McCallie Handbells

Course Title:
MUS220 McCallie Handbells (full year)
MUS221 McCallie Handbells (semester)

Course Description:
The McCallie Handbells has a rich and substantial tradition at the McCallie School. As one of the most dynamic musical ensembles, the members must be enthusiastic, committed and possess a basic knowledge of musical skills. Whether performing on or off campus this outstanding group of McCallie's best represents and embodies the finest ideas of the school and Music Department. Students may enroll for the full year or for one semester; meets two times a week for half credit. Grade: 9-12

 

 

Academic Goals:
  1. Knowledge: Students will:
    1. Gain knowledge of the proper care and use of the handbell.
    2. Gain knowledge of notes, rhythm, and time signatures.
    3. Learn to distinguish between melody notes and accompaniment notes.
  2. Skills: Students will:
    1. Demonstrate their ability to follow the director.
    2. Play major and minor keys in selected keys.
    3. Develop the ability to read standard music notation.
    4. Learn exercises that develop manual dexterity.
    5. Play a variety of musical styles.
    6. Develop listening skills.
  3. Attitudes: Students will:
    1. Work together as a team to perform musical literature.
    2. Develop an appreciation of the value of complete interdependence among the members of the ensemble.
    3. Develop an appreciation for a variety of musical styles.
Instructional Methods:
  1. Music will be selected according to appropriate skill levels.
  2. Performance will be used as an instructional method to gain knowledge and appreciation of concert protocol.
  3. The students will have several opportunities throughout the school year to perfect their performance criteria.
Evaluation:
  1. The instructor will subjectively grade each student according to performance criteria.
  2. Students will have opportunity for self-evaluation from both the individual and ensemble standpoint.
  3. Fulfillment and encouragement of personal satisfaction is the ultimate in the evaluatory process.

Music 230/231 - Classical Guitar Ensemble

Course Title:
MUS230 Classical Guitar Ensemble (full year)
MUS231 Classical Guitar Ensemble (semester)

Course Description:
Designed for the self motivated intermediate guitarist, this course is a study of the classical guitar in an ensemble setting. Emphasis will be on music reading, technical development and public performance. Students must own a classical guitar. Students may enroll for the full year or for one semester; meets two times a week for half credit. Prerequisite: Students must be able to read music and must have completed a guitar course in middle school or one year of private study in guitar. Grade: 9-12
 
Academic Goals:
  1. Knowledge: Students will
    1. Gain increased knowledge of the parts of music: rhythm, harmony, melody, texture, dynamics, and timbre.
    2. Learn how to analyze technical problems and form effective solutions.
    3. Explore advanced practice techniques.
    4. Gain increased understanding of the fingerboard in higher positons.
    5. Study principles of efficient movement and their importance to technical mastery of the instrument.
  2. 2. Skills: Students will: a) Continue to read standard musical notation and explore more advanced musical concepts through performance. b) Learn exercises, for both hands, that will develop and refine their technique. c) Perform repertoire from different periods of musical history.
  3. 3. Attitudes: Students will: a) Develop an appreciation for the benefits of musical literacy. b) Learn the importance of self-discipline and persistence to success. c) Nurture a lifelong interest in the arts and music.
Instructional Methods:
  1. Ensemble literature will be assigned as is appropriate.
  2. All students will study assigned material from the text.
  3. Class discussion is encouraged.
  4. The teacher will demonstrate skills and concepts as needed.
  5. Out-of-class practice time is essential.
  6. Students will be required to attend selected professional concerts.
Evaluation:
  1. Written tests will be given. Grading will use the traditional numerical scale.
  2. All students will be graded on participation in class and in performance.
  3. "Playing tests" will be given.
  4. All assignments are to be completed in a timely manner.
  5. Students must conduct themselves as professionals at all performances and rehearsals.
  6. Traditional exam is not given. Final semester project is required performance in Candlelight(Fall) or Whirlwind(Spring).

Music 240/241 Guitar Consort

Course Title:
MUS240 Guitar Consort (full year)
MUS241 Guitar Consort (semester)

Course Description:
Guitar Consort is the premiere Upper School guitar ensemble designed to give the advanced guitarist a fast paced and intensive college preparatory experience. Personal dedication and high achievement are expected from all members. Students must own a classical guitar approved by the instructor. Primarily a performing ensemble, the group will perform on the McCallie campus as well as in the surrounding community. Students may enroll for the full year or for one semester; meets two times a week for half credit. Prerequisite: Private audition plus completion of Classical Guitar Ensemble(9450) or a minimum of two years private classical guitar study. Grade: 9-12
 
Academic Goals:
  1. Knowledge - Students will:
    1. Gain increased knowledge of the parts of music: rhythm, harmony, melody, texture, dynamics, and timbre.
    2. Learn how to analyze technical problems and form effective solutions.
    3. Explore advanced practice techniques.
    4. Gain increased understanding of the fingerboard in higher positions.
    5. Study principles of efficient movement and their importance to technical mastery of the instrument.
  2. Skills - Students will:
    1. Develop a polished stage presence through continued performance opportunities.
    2. Continue to read standard musical notation and understand more advanced musical concepts.
    3. Perform for their peers and in their community.
    4. Learn exercises, for both hands, that will develop and refine their technique.
  3. Attitudes - Students will:
    1. Develop an appreciation for the benefits of musical literacy.
    2. Learn the importance of self-discipline and persistence to success.
    3. Value each student's individuality and creativity.
    4. Nurture a lifelong interest in music and the arts.
Instructional Methods:
  1. Ensemble literature will be assigned as is appropriate.
  2. All students will study assigned material from the text.
  3. Class discussion is encouraged.
  4. The teacher will demonstrate skills or concepts as needed.
  5. Out-of-class practice time is essential.
  6. Students will be required to attend selected professional concerts and asked to write a critique.
Evaluation:
  1. Written tests will be given. Grading will use the traditional numerical scale.
  2. All students will be graded on participation in class and in performance.
  3. "Playing tests" will be given.
  4. All assignments are to be completed in a timely manner.
  5. Students must conduct themselves as professionals at all performances and rehearsals.
  6. Traditional exam is not given. Final semester project is required performance in Candlelight(Fall)or Whirlwind(Spring).

Music 250/251 - String Ensemble

Course Title:
MUS250 String Ensemble (full year)
MUS251 String Ensemble (semester)

Course Description:
A course of study for string instrumental musicians. Bach, Mozart, Handel and Vivaldi are staples for this fine musical group. The Orchestra consistently performs at a high level in its own right, offering occasional orchestral accompaniment for the Easter Oratorio/Cantata and Candlelight Chorus. Students may enroll for full year or for semester; meets two times a week for half credit. Prerequisite: 3 years experience with instrument and audition. Grade: 9-12

 

 

Academic Goals:
  1. Knowledge - Students will gain an advanced knowledge of:
    1. String techniques.
    2. String repertoire.
    3. Ensemble performance practices.
  2. Skills - Students will demonstrate:
    1. Application of general musical principles of notation, rhythm, phrasing, and articulation.
    2. Develop the ability to interpret various musical styles.
    3. The application of various string techniques to performance.
    4. The ability to follow the conductor.
    5. Rhythmic accuracy.
  3. Attitudes - Students will:
    1. Develop a passion for music.
    2. Develop an appreciation of disciplined practice skills.
    3. Appreciate the value of constructive criticism both offered and received.
    4. Appreciate the artistic achievement of musicians.
    5. Appreciate the scope and exhilaration of ensemble performance.
Instructional Methods:
  1. Students will receive individual attention from the instructor.
  2. The instructor will demonstrate ensemble, technical, and musical technical aspects of ensemble playing.
  3. View videotapes of classical musical performances.
  4. Students will play for one another.
  5. Critique professional concerts attended.
Evaluation:
  1. Measure growth on a class basis.
  2. Ability to perform in a variety of concert settings.
  3. Formal evaluation of performance at the two major concerts of the school year.
  4. Grading will be taken from weekly practice records.
  5. Students will be evaluated on classroom participation and preparedness.

Music 340 - History of Rock Music

Course Title:
MUS340 History of Rock Music

Course Description:
This course provides the opportunity to explore the historical and socio-cultural development of indigenous American ethnic and folk music. It traces the roots of rock and roll music to its origins, styles, composers, performers, and socio-political influences. Students will be expected to identify the elements of music through listening and class projects throughout the semester. Grade: 9-12
 
Academic Goals:
  1. Upon completion, the successful student will be able to:
    1. describe elements of music that he/she hears, employing correct musical terminology
    2. place music into an appropriate historical or cultural context
    3. compare and contrast the achievements of selected composers and/or performers
  2. Topical Outline:
    1. Elements of Music: Sound, Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, Form, Text
    2. Sociology and origins of rock music from African-American blues, rhythm and blues, country, and blues revival.
    3. Folk elements
    4. International styles through hip-hop and avant-garde styles
    5. Singer/songwriter/instrumentalists such as Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Sr., The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana.
    6. Music, poetry, and the social context
    7. Crossover from Western culture and the influence of new technology
    8. Civil Rights movement of the 1960s

Music 350 - Music Arts and Technology

Course Title:
MUS350 Music Arts and Technology

Course Description: 
Music, Arts, and Technology seeks to explore connections between the various arts disciplines. We work to cultivate a common vocabulary and develop original presentations that involve visual artists, musicians (electronic and acoustic), composers, actors, dancers, and writers. The course develops creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking in a project-based learning environment. The class will present their original projects in the fall and spring semesters.   Semester course.  Grade: 9-12

Meet the Faculty

Michael Ake

Michael Ake

Titles: Music Department Head, Music Teacher
Degrees: B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
M.M., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Brent Alverson

Brent Alverson

Titles: Director of Instrumental Music, Music Teacher
Degrees: B.S., Tennessee Temple University
M.Ed., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Katie Elverd

Katie Elverd

Titles: Music Teacher
Degrees: BA, Western Kentucky University
MM, Florida State University
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James Harr

James Harr

Class of 1992
Titles: Director of Choral Programs, Music Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Rhodes College
M.A., Washington University
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Alan Shikoh

Alan Shikoh

Class of 2005
Titles: Music Teacher
Degrees: B.M., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
M.A., Middle Tennessee State University
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