About Patapsco's Music Magnet

Students who are interested in music may follow a variety of 'tracks' depending on their interests. All students begin with either Patriot Choir, Patriot Band, or Patriot Strings (magnet classes); or Mixed Chorus or Concert Band (comprehensive classes), and then select the track that they wish to follow.

Instrumental Music Program

Students following the Instrumental Music track will be able to audition for Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Winds (band) or Symphonic Orchestra (strings) after completing their freshman year. A student participating in any instrumental ensemble is eligible to audition for the Jazz Ensemble. All students are involved in Marching Band activities. Performing in the advanced ensembles will improve skills in reading and theory.

Vocal Music Program

Students following the Vocal Music track will have an opportunity to audition for advanced vocal groups including: Chamber Choir, Great Expectations (show choir), Jazz Choir, Concert Choir, Women's Chorus, Men's Ensemble, or Barbershop. Performing in these ensembles, students will experience a wide variety of music, develop their skills in theory, history, and sight reading, as well as choreography via the show choir. Basic music technology, auditioning, composing and conducting will also be explored in this prime preparing students for college level courses.

Music Technology / Technical Theatre Program

After completing their freshman music requirements, students may wish to focus on basic and advanced Music Technology, including use and operation of a state-of-the-art recording studio and theatre sound and lighting equipment. Through Music Technology they will experience music notation and creativity preparing them for advanced music education. Students have access to professional quality software as well as instruction preparing them for employment or continuing education.