High School

Marching Band

Students will rehearse as an ensemble, receiving instruction on marching techniques and concepts of musical performances. Students will perform in marching and concert activities, including parades, football games, concerts, festivals, and competitions. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.

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Music Theory

Students learn how music is constructed and developed, and acquire a basic understanding of the structural, technical, and historical elements of music. Student theorists develop basic ear-training, keyboard, and functional singing skills, and engage in the creative process through individual and collaborative projects.

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Mariachi

Instrumental Techniques Mariachi: This class provides an opportunity for students to learn the music and culture of Mariachi. Students learn instrumental and vocal skills to perform and preserve the traditional music of Mexico. 
The class provides instruction in Violin, Trumpet, Harp, Guitarrón, Vihuela, Guitar, Voice and Music Theory. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.

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Audio engineering/recording

Individuals that work in the Music Recording industry manufacture, design, install, integrate, operate and repair the equipment of audiovisual communications, and that is exactly what you’ll do in the Audio Engineering classes. You will help produce sound, video and data for groups in such venues as corporate boardrooms, hotels, convention centers, classrooms, theme parks, stadiums and music recording studios. You will also develop the technical skills to operate the equipment necessary to produce a finished audio product in both live performance and studio recordings.

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Songwriting

Songwriting will introduce the practice of creative composition as a means of artistic expression and its application to commercial music. The entire spectrum of genres from folk to hip-hop, spoken word, rock and country will be explored and analyzed. The essential components to which students are exposed include song structure; lyric composition, especially prosody and rhyme; music theory; and demonstration recording.

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Country/Bluegrass

Instrumental Techniques Country/Bluegrass: Students study and perform music principles used in Bluegrass and Country Music including melody, harmony, and rhythm; intervals; standard musical notation; and the Nashville Number System. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.

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Rock

Students will learn and play popular American music. Genres may include Rock and Roll, Hip Hop, Blues, Latin, Pop, R&B, Bluegrass, Folk and Country. Standards based instruction for students will be provided using modern instruments such as acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, electronic keyboard and drum kit. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.

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Hip Hop

Hip Hop: Students study writing and production techniques in hip-hop styles. Topics include the social and cultural aspects of hip-hop music and the analysis of stylistic and musical characteristics. Students will write hip-hop lyrics and music.

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World Percussion

Instrumental Techniques World Percussion: Students learn standards based percussion technical and performance skills, enhanced by historical and cultural background knowledge of percussion instruments. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.

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