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Instructor:  Phil Giampietro

Prerequisite: Previous participation in the high school instrumental or vocal music program; Permission of instructor

The Advanced Placement Music Theory students will develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The student will develop aural, sight-singing, written, compositional, and analytical exercises. The AP Music Theory student will solve compositional problems and become proficient in part-writing. Students will receive ear training and skills for aural identification and dictation notation. The curriculum for this course has been designed in cooperation with the AP Testing Service and will prepare students to take the AP Music Theory exam in May.     


Instructors: Jeri Brima, Carrie Mascaro

Beginning Piano is a one-semester class, offered in the fall, which focuses upon rudimentary piano playing skills. The class is intended for students who always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but never had the time or resources. Students will learn the basics including: hand position, posture, note reading, and how to use common music software applications to visualize performance accuracy. Popular folk songs and traditional melodies are utilized to teach basic concepts. No previous musical experience is necessary.


Instructor: Gregg Winters

Music technology is a one-semester class, offered in the spring, for students in grades 9-12. Over the course of the semester, students utilize music software and digital instruments to create, compose, and respond to various musical elements and fundamentals. Songs and musical arrangements are studied to identify how each piece utilizes the basic elements of music (tempo, rhythm, pitch, melody, harmony, form, and style). Students use music applications to create, edit, manipulate and arrange musical compositions in a style similar to the ones studied in class. Students demonstrate their understanding of these musical components by generating original compositions and/or arrangements in a variety of musical styles (jazz, rock, Latin, reggae, techno, pop, etc.).


Instructor: Philip Giampietro

Note: Popular Music and Diversity in American Society may count toward fulfilling the Visual and Performing Arts, Open Humanities, OR Open STEAM distribution requirement.

This course examines American popular music within its historical and social context, primarily throughout the 20th century. It will encourage students to think critically and creatively about popular music in relation to topics of diversity. We will study significant styles of American popular music, with a focus on select songs that exemplify their respective genres, and explore several recurring themes throughout the course. The course is intended to enhance students’ enjoyment and understanding of the music they already know, as well as to introduce less familiar styles and genres. Students will develop critical listening skills and become more informed consumers of popular music. 

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