High School

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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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.

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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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Concert Band

Concert Band: This class, designed for students ready to build on skills and knowledge previously acquired in a middle or High School (9-12) instrumental ensemble, promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of music through performance of high-quality wind and percussion literature. Rehearsals focus on development of critical listening/aural skills, individual musicianship, instrumental technique, refinement of ensemble skills, and aesthetic engagement culminating in periodic public performances.

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Choir

Chorus-Middle School (5-8): Students with little or no choral experience develop beginning vocal technique and skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and an appreciation of music from around the world and through time.

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Strings/Orchestra

Strings/Orchestra – Elementary (K-4): Students who have little or no experience on violin, viola, cello, bass, or harp explore high-quality music literature written or transcribed for developing string orchestra. Study includes the development of foundational instrumental ensemble techniques, performance skills, music literacy, and aesthetic awareness. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.

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Jazz Ensemble

Jazz: Students with experience on guitar explore the fundamentals of performance practices, improvisation, and music theory through a diverse repertoire of high- quality jazz literature. Students learn the basics of foundational jazz styles, use chord symbols, develop knowledge of musical structure, and study the history of jazz and its iconic musicians. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.

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