Middle School

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.

« Back to Programs

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.

« Back to Programs

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.

« Back to Programs

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.

« Back to Programs

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.

« Back to Programs

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.

« Back to Programs

Piano

Students develop piano skills performing piano music of various styles and appropriate difficulty levels. Within a standards based curriculum students learn music notation and develop listening skills by identifying and analyzing elements and structural characteristics of music.

« Back to Programs

Guitar

Guitar - Classical: Students develop guitar skills and knowledge, including simple and full-strum chords, bass lines and lead sheets, barre and power chords, foundational music literacy and theory, major scales, simple finger-picking patterns, and ensemble skills for a variety of music. Guitarists explore the careers and music of significant performers in a variety of styles. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.

« Back to Programs

Wind Ensemble

This class, designed for students with substantial experience in solo performance and larger performing ensembles, promotes significant engagement with and appreciation for music through performance of sophisticated wind and percussion literature. Study focuses on mastery of highly advanced music skills, techniques, and processes, as well as creativity through composition and/or arranging and use of current technology to enhance creativity and performance effectiveness.

« Back to Programs

Pages