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The instrumental music department is open to any and all students who wish to enroll.  In each of the courses offered, students will learn to read and perform music to the best of their ability.

Courses Offered

  • Beginning Piano
  • Beginning Guitar
  • Marching/Symphonic Band
  • Jazz Ensemble

Instrumental Music Teacher

Ruben Morales is the Instrumental Music Director at Chico High School, where he teaches marching and symphonic band, jazz ensemble, piano, and guitar.

He was born in Fresno, CA but raised in Woodland, CA. After graduating from Woodland High School, he attended California State University, Chico, where he majored in music. He was involved in the Chico State Wind Ensemble, Jazz X-Press, Chamber Singers, and the North State Symphony. He has also performed with great artists such as Joseph Alessi, Greg Gisbert, Dave Pietro, Paul Romaine, and Bobby Shew.

Mr. Morales started his teaching career in Hollister, CA in 2013, where he was the middle school music teacher for Marguerite Maze Middle School and Rancho San Justo Middle School. In his career Ruben’s groups have consistently scored a superior rating at various festivals around California. Ruben is so excited to be at Chico high school and is ready to keep up the Chico High School Band’s tradition of excellence!

Beginning Guitar

Guitar is a year-long course covering the basics of the instrument and an application of essential music fundamentals. Students will learn the basics of playing guitar through studying music notation, chord symbols, and peer modeling.  Students will also gain a better understanding of many different musical genres including classical, flamenco, blues, jazz, rock, and pop music.

Beginning Piano

This course is designed for students who wish to develop basic piano playing skills, or expand on their existing skills.  Time in class will be spent both on and off the keyboards.  While playing, students will be working individually to master the techniques of playing and to learn pieces.  There will also be time spent in group instruction on musical notation and theory.

Symphonic / Marching Band

Our band holds dual roles as they are the marching band in the fall for the football games, and a symphonic band for winter and spring. The band performs several concerts per year and has smaller group concerts throughout the year. Several band members are selected yearly to participate in various honor bands. The band tours the state including a grand performance at Disneyland.

Jazz Band

This course is a study of instrumental techniques as they relate to instrumental and contemporary jazz literature. The major topics are literature of contemporary and traditional jazz and pop styles. Other aspects of this course include participation in local concerts, regional festivals, and community activities. Concurrent enrollment in marching/symphonic band required. 

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