CLASSROOM MUSIC

AP THEORY

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.     

MUSIC TECH.

Instructor: Gregg Winters & Jeri Muehleise

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.).

BEGINNING PIANO

Instructor: Jeri Muehleise

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.

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