The Music Department at Bishop Kelly High School subscribes to the belief that a balanced secondary education should incorporate opportunities for students to expand their musical awareness—both vocally and instrumentally. Such experiences can serve to provide cultural growth and personal fulfillment as well as unlimited enjoyment. 

Music at BK is used to provide a well-rounded education for students by enhancing our three pillars:

Spirit – through the study and use of sacred music to worship God
Mind – through the study and performance of music from a wide variety of time periods, cultures, and styles
Body – through the honing and mastering of technical skills involved with singing and playing an instrument

Bishop Kelly students will be given opportunities to develop a lifelong appreciation for music, along with the ability to become knowledgeable performers and attentive and sensitive listeners.

Courses and Prerequisites:


Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None

Course ID#700 – Two Semesters (FY)

This course is an instrumental music class that will provide students with opportunities to begin, or continue, their development of band ensemble performing skills with an emphasis on teamwork, self-discipline and precision. Band students will study and perform music from a wide variety of time periods, cultures, and styles.  Students will strive to gain a knowledge and understanding of the basic elements of instrumental music.

An extension of the class will be its yearlong participation in a variety of school activities including performing at numerous athletic and school/community events, marching band competitions, and band festivals. Students enrolled in this class will also have the opportunity to participate in special trips and tours. Band can be taken for one semester at a time, although the entire school year is preferred.


Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval/Audition

Course ID# 710 – Two Semesters (FY)

Concert Choir is a mixed voice ensemble. It is open to students with or without previors choral experience, but an assessment/audition is conducted for placement. This ensemble sings literature in a wide variety of genres and languages. Students also receive training in proper vocal technique, music history and theory, and general musicianship. Performances at concerts, festivals, and liturgies are scheduled each semester and attendance is expected.


Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Previous String Instruction and/or Instructor Approval

Course ID# 720 – Two Semesters (FY)

This course is open to all string players. This course is designed to meet the needs of students who are motivated to prepare orchestra repertoire, in a chamber setting, for community performances and competitive festivals. Students will study and perform quality literature suited to ability level. Students will learn concepts of orchestra technique and elements of music theory and history while continuing to develop individual skill on their instrument. Students will participate in after-school concerts and festivals throughout the year.

String Orchestra offers violinists, violists, cellists and bassists an opportunity to hone their skills while exploring a wide spectrum of musical genres. Through exposure to classical and contemporary literature, students will refine their technical prowess in bowing, tone production, intonation, articulation; students will also be exposed to topics in music history and theory.

Enrollment in the String Orchestra is based on Instructor approval. An audition is required for placement.


Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None

Course ID# 730 – Two Semesters (FY)

Class Guitar provides students with an introduction to this popular instrument. Students will be exposed to a large body of information, including: musical terms and symbols, chord identification and fingering, notation, strumming and finger-picking techniques, performance, and more. In addition to daily instruction, students will be expected to frequently practice their instruments at home.  Though the class is intended to be for students who are beginners at playing guitar, students of all ability levels are welcome!