Scheduling Information
Scheduling the proper music classes can be a daunting task for even experienced students, but is especially confusing for incoming 9th-graders who do not have any experience with this school, department, and the ensembles and classes we offer. The following is a guide to help students and parents understand how to get the music classes they want in their schedule.

Is there room in my schedule?
(and other FAQs)
 

Is there room in my schedule for music?
Music classes are categorized as electives. Typical student schedules will have room for 1-2 electives each year:
  • 9th Grade - typical 9th grade schedules have room for TWO electives.
  • 10th Grade - typical 10th grade schedules have room for ONE elective. Some students choose to take core curricular classes or Health over the summer to free up space for a second elective.
  • 11th & 12th Grade - 11th and 12th grade schedules usually have room for at least TWO electives, although many students begin to hone in on areas of interest at this stage, and it is not uncommon for 11th and 12th grade students to take more than two electives.
Can I take both Band AND Choir?
YES! As long as you have two elective slots available in your schedule you can fill them however you choose, even with two music classes! Many students who are especially interested in music will choose to combine two ensembles, or one ensemble and one music class. Any combination that's interesting to YOU is worth signing up for. The only limitation is the master schedule itself.
I'm worried about the workload in my other classes and I think I might need to drop music for a free period. What should I do?
We have this conversation with students a lot. You're planning on taking several challenging courses that will carry a heavy workload, and in order to ensure that you're able to keep up you want to have a free period during the day. But you also love your music class and don't really want to drop it.
Our recommendation is to register for your music class. If you decide after school starts that the workload is just too much, it's very easy to drop a class and add a free. Frees can take place at any time during the day. On the other hand, if you start off the year with a free and decide you want to re-join your music class, wholesale schedule changes are likely to be needed, and you may even find yourself unable to be in the class you want.
I met with my guidance counselor and music just doesn't seem to fit in my schedule. What should I do?
Please come see a music teacher if this happens. Sometimes we're able to work with your guidance counselor to find a solution that works. We'd like to try and help you. It doesn't always work, though. Sometimes you'll have hard choices to make, and sometimes you won't be able to get the music class you want. But most of the time it works out.

ENSEMBLES

By far the most popular music classes at LMHS, ensembles are performance-based and are divided up based on the instrument (or voice) each student plays.
CHOIR
BAND
ORCHESTRA
All VOCALISTS should register for
CONCERT CHOIR (H).


It does not matter if you intend to audition for Chamber Choir or not. On paper Concert Choir and Chamber Choir are identical: both appearing as "Concert Choir (H)". If you are accepted into Chamber Choir, the music faculty will ensure that you are placed in the proper class/section
All students who play WOODWIND, BRASS, or PERCUSSION instruments should register for
CONCERT BAND (H)

It does not matter if you intend to audition for Orchestra Winds/Wind Ensemble. If you are accepted into OW/WE, the music faculty will ensure that you are switched to the proper class/section.
All students who play STRING
instruments should register for
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (H)

It does not matter if you indend to audition for Chamber Strings or not. On paper Chamber Strings and Symphonic Strings are identical: both appearing as "Symphony Orchestra (H)". If you are accepted into Chamber Strings, the music faculty will ensure that you are placed in the proper class/section.