Vanguard High Music Department

  • Welcome to the website of Mr. Bass and the VHS Music Department!

    I am very excited about this school year. Changes happen every year, and this year is no different. This year, I will be offering five completely different classes. You will be able to see my schedule below. On this site, you will have access to each course syllabus, as well as weekly assignments. Please feel free to look around!!


    In every culture, music plays an important role in the quality of life. Music education can be a means to instruct in both our culture and those foreign to us. Music contains many facets: mathematics, science, history and language. Each of these facets can be instructed and enhanced through kinesthetic, visual, auditory and cognitive activities. Music education can be a method by which students can personally enrich their lives through self expression, problem solving and aesthetic development.


    For more information about the band, please visit


    Class Schedule

    0 Period            Band 1-6
    1st Period          Planning
    2nd Period         Planning
    3rd Period          AP Music Theory
                            IB Music
    4th Period          Vocal Ensemble 1
    5th Period          Eurhythmics 1-3
    6th Period          Vocal Ensemble 2-4



    "It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony." ~Benjamin Britten


    "Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn't know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about." ~Gerard Way


    "The world's most famous and popular language is music." ~Psy