High School, Music (Musicianship)

Introduction to Jazz Styles and Structure

The history, harmony, and theory of jazz is explored through “hands on” student compositions, recordings, DVDs, and live performances by artists-in-residence. This is an introduction to the basic structure of music. Elementary jazz theory, harmony and dictation, ear training, musical forms and analysis are explored. 4 Sessions per Week for 1 Semester. Prerequisite: Basic Music Theory or placement exam.

Basic Music Theory

Fundamentals of notation, dictation, ear training, harmony, analysis of pitch, rhythm, dynamic, timbre, instrumentation, form, and composition are taught in an organized and progressive manner. Each student uses interactive music theory computer software as part of the curriculum. This course includes developing active and deep listening skills. It provides a sound foundation which enables students to understand how music is written while building a working music vocabulary to accurately describe music. This knowledge is essential to the development of the musician as a performer and composer. 5 Sessions per Week for 2 semesters.

AP Music Theory

A continuation of Basic Music Theory, this course concentrates on preparing the student for the AP Music Theory exam. Class time is divided between written, theoretical/compositional exercises and listening/aural/vocalizing exercises. The repertoire and framework of the course focuses on music and procedures based in the Common-Practice rules of tonality, cadences, melodic and harmonic processes, rhythms and meters, phrase structures and modulation to closely related key signatures. 5 Sessions Weekly for 2 semesters. Prerequisite: Basic Music Theory or placement exam.