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.
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.
General Music: Students explore the essential elements of 20th- and 21st-century music in America and global cultures. Participants focus on the creation, use, and performance of music; and the modes of listening, distributing, and gaining access to music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.