MusicThe Music Program gives students with or without a musical background an opportunity to study the important fundamentals of music, including history and theory. Students learn to critically listen and enjoy a wide variety of music ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. With a focus on writing, using technology, and developing 21st-century skills, students are encouraged to reflect and use music in an expressive way on a daily basis. Our main goal is to give all students who enroll in these courses a new appreciation for music.
Music Appreciation I
This introductory music course will help increase the student's knowledge and enjoyment of a wide variety of musical styles. To develop critical listening skills, students will watch live performances, while learning about the most significant composers and renowned musicians of the past 1,500 years. To further hone the skills needed to fully appreciate this art form, students will also be exposed to complex music theory and learn how to create their own “sound” on music composition software.
Music Appreciation II
As a continuation of Music Appreciation I, students in this secondary level music course will take a deeper look into the characteristics of music of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic, and explore the lives of key composers. Students will begin to see how the music of those time periods influenced popular music of the 20th and 21st century. To further hone the skills needed to fully appreciate music in all its forms, students will continue to study complex music theory and create their own “sound” on music composition software.
Introduction to Modern American Popular Music
This modern music course is a favorite for the student who enjoys listening to and critiquing popular music of the 20th century. It takes an in depth look at the music that has influenced today’s popular songs by studying the history, foundations, and key musicians of many different styles of music, such as Jazz, the Blues, Heavy Metal, and Country. The important social, political and cultural elements of popular music, as well as how certain historical events made an impact on pop music, will be studied, analyzed, and discussed.
In this music course seniors study the important fundamentals of music, aside from music theory and history. Lyrics and musical structure will be explored, as students learn to develop critical listening and reflection skills. Students are encouraged to use music in an expressive way, and are asked to share their opinions while participating in discussions on controversial issues. They are also required to share with their peers how they use music to express themselves, what music means to them, and how music plays a part in their everyday lives.